Immanuel’s new head
IMMANUEL COLLEGE has chosen Gary Griffin as its new head, previously a senior master at one of the country’s leading boys’ public schools, City of London.
He will take over in September from Charles Dormer, who is leaving after five years in charge of the independent school in Bushey.
Edward Misrahi, co-chairman of Immanuel’s governors, said they had sought “an academic, who would have the capability to consolidate and continue to raise the standard and performance of the college”.
In a strong field of candidates it was clear, he said, “Gary has all the requisite qualities, experience and energy … to lead the college to the next phase in its success”.
In a 30-year career at City, Mr Griffin arrived as a history and politics teacher and rose to become second master (deputy head) in 2007 and acting headmaster in 2014.
In his last six years there, he oversaw pastoral care and discipline among other duties.
While he is not Jewish, he is a former governor of a Jewish school, Naima JPS and chaired its education committee.
Since leaving City at the end of Gary Griffin
2014, he has helped various schools as an education consultant, including Immanuel.
Mr Griffin said he looked forward to working with Immanuel’s “exceptional staff to further the strong three pillars of academic excellence, expert pastoral care and inspiring Jewish education”.
It would be a privilege, he said, to “have the opportunity to build on the work of Charles Dormer, who has led the school so admirably in recent years to such a strong performance”.
London-born, Mr Griffin has a firstclass degree in economic and social history from Exeter University.