Jonathan Gillespie, Head Master of Lancing College,
is leaving the school at the end of the summer term, after eight outstanding
years of leadership. During his tenure, pupils at Lancing have obtained
excellent academic results, whilst opportunities to fulfil their potential
beyond the classroom have also been enhanced. The school has expanded its
facilities in a number of ways, including the building and completion of the
exceptional new Art School. Jonathan Gillespie has been appointed Headmaster of
St Albans School, one of the oldest and leading day schools in the country.
The Governing Body of Lancing College is delighted to
announce the appointment of Dominic Oliver as their new Head Master. He
will join the school in September 2014. Dominic Oliver is currently Deputy Head
of the three Bedales Schools. He was the outstanding candidate in an extremely
strong field of applicants.
Dominic Oliver, a Shakespeare scholar with a keen interest
in the literary and political history of the late 16th and early 17th
centuries, has published in his areas of expertise.
He gained a First Class Degree in English Literature from
Sheffield University and an M.Phil in English from St. Peter’s College Oxford,
after which he became a member of the University of Oxford English Faculty and
Lecturer at St Peter’s College. Oliver subsequently taught at the Royal Grammar
School Worcester, after which he became Head of English and Head of Academic
Development at Malvern College.
Dominic Oliver is married with two sons, aged 11 and 8, and
his many interests encompass areas in which Lancing excels: choral singing,
theatre, hill walking, swimming and football. He is keenly anticipating his
headship here and explains “The warmth of the Lancing community, its rich
history, its academic distinction and its focus on all-round education combine
to make it a very special place. It will be a privilege to lead Lancing in the
years to come.”
Dr Harry Brünjes, Chairman of the Governing Body of Lancing
College, spoke on behalf of all his colleagues when he said: “We believe that
Dominic will bring vibrancy, energy and originality, together with a deep
commitment to the longstanding values and traditions of Lancing”.
Interviews can be organised with Dominic Oliver on request.
Lancing looks forward to an exciting period ahead.