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King William's and The Buchan School to welcome new principal   

Damian Henderson will take up the position in September

There will be a new principal for King William’s College and The Buchan School later this year.

Damian Henderson will take up the position in September, relocating to the Isle of Man with his wife Caroline and their three children.

He says “my family and I are thrilled to be joining King William’s and The Buchan. We were blown away both by the Isle of Man itself, and by the school and we can’t wait to join this amazing 200-year-old institution.”

The change in leadership for the follows the decision last year by current principal Joss Buchanan that he will retire at the end of this summer.

Chairman of Governors Peter Clucas says “the recruitment process has been thorough and rigorous, attracting interest from a large number of candidates from across the globe. 

"The selection process came to its conclusion in March and I am delighted that Damian has agreed to take up the post from this September. 

"He was the outstanding candidate in a strong field of final applicants and is keen to take on the challenges of leading our school.  

"Damian will join us as we continue to improve the quality of education at King William’s College and The Buchan School.  I know that Damian shares my passion for high educational standards and a life enhancing extracurricular programme, and his vision for the school will be at the centre of our next Development Plan.  We look forward to welcoming Damian and his family into our community and I wish him every success for the future.”

Following his time at Cambridge University, Mr Henderson joined Eton College in 2001 to teach, in his words, "the two R's" - Russian and rugby. Damian moved to Cranleigh School in Surrey in 2010 to become Assistant Director of Studies and Head of Modern Languages and then to The Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge in the role of IB Co-ordinator. Damian has spent the last eight years as Deputy Head (Academic) at Taunton School in Somerset.


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