Im­manuel’s new head

The Jewish Chronicle - - EDUCATION - BY JC RE­PORTER

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.

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