Bishop’s Stortford College Prep School will have a new Head from September, succeeding John Greathead, who retires at the end of this academic year after fourteen years of dedicated service.
Bill Toleman is currently Head of Yarm Prep School based in the northeast of England. Growing up in Hertfordshire, Bill was educated at St Columba’s College prior to reading Geography at Nottingham University. He was Deputy Head at King’s St Alban’s, the junior school at King’s School, Worcester, before his appointment at Yarm. He recently became a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Bill is a keen sportsman, enjoying most sports including rugby, cricket and surfing and was a Head of Games earlier in his career. He is married to Suzanne and they have three boys – Harry, James and Max, a cocker spaniel called Tula and a chicken called Bobbie.
Commenting on his appointment, Bill Toleman said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed as Head of Bishop’s Stortford College Prep School. When I arrived for my first visit, I was immediately struck by the friendliness of the pupils and staff. I believe that children thrive in a warm and welcoming atmosphere where there is always a ‘buzz’ of activity and where learning is a pleasure. I certainly found this in the environment at the College and I look forward to leading this already excellent school into the next stage of its development. My family and I are also looking forward to living in such a beautiful part of the country and becoming part of the local community.”
Jeremy Gladwin, Head of Bishop’s Stortford College, added: “I am absolutely delighted by Bill’s appointment. Almost inevitably it was a very strong field of candidates and Bill was the unanimous choice of the Governors and of myself. We are delighted to welcome him, and his wife Suzanne, to Bishop’s Stortford College at an exciting time for the Prep School. Bill arrives as we complete the redevelopment of a third of the facilities used by the Prep School, including an additional science laboratory and new library. During the recruitment process I was impressed with Bill; he stood out as a person who has the experience, skills and approach not only to maintain, but also develop, the high academic standards, breadth of education and outstanding pastoral care that the College is known for.”