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A new Head teacher for St Paul’s Cathedral School

St Paul’s Cathedral is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Larter-Evans as the new Head of St Paul’s Cathedral School.

He will take up the post in September 2016, following Neil Chippington’s move after seven years to become Head of St John’s College School, Cambridge.

Mr Larter-Evans is currently Head of Boarding, Housemaster and Head of English and Drama at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey. He was educated at Stewards Comprehensive, Harlow, before studying ballet at the Rambert Academy and then spending four years as principal dancer in a company, performing in the UK and abroad.

After 15 years’ working in commercial management, publishing and IT industries, Mr Larter-Evans gained a first class degree as a mature student in English Literature, Drama, Theatre and Performance from the University of Surrey, and a PGCE from the Institute of Education, University of London. He has been a teacher of English and Head of Year 9 at St Edward’s School, Oxford, and a teacher of English and Drama at Pangbourne College

His interest in the nature and purpose of education has led him into part-time doctoral research, concentrating on pastoral care and high-performance behaviours in an educational setting and enhancing the opportunities for young people to be the best they can.  He is married to Dawn, who works as a Director at KPMG.  He is a keen photographer and musician and has maintained an interest in the theatre. 
Dean of St Paul's Cathedral The Very Revd David Ison said: ‘The Governors and Chapter are delighted to be appointing Simon Larter-Evans from a strong field of candidates. He brings an exceptional range of experience, insights and gifts, which will enable all pupils and staff to thrive and grow and will draw the Cathedral and School yet closer together. The current Head has left a remarkable legacy, and Simon will be able to capitalise on this in creative ways by furthering the ethos and achievements of the School in partnership with governors, staff and parents. We look forward to welcoming him and Dawn as members of the St Paul's community.'  

Director of Music at the Cathedral Andrew Carwood said: ‘Simon Larter-Evans is an exceptional individual and I am delighted that he has accepted the post of Head at St Paul’s Cathedral School. He will build on the excellent work of his predecessor, Neil Chippington, who has placed the School in an extremely strong position, and will continue to allow all pupils to flourish, fostering their talents both academic and extra-curricular.

'His insights into performance on stage will provide valuable support for the Cathedral Choristers as well as helping the whole School to be the best they can and preparing them for the exciting next steps ahead. I have no doubt that he will prove a strong and reliable colleague for the staff and a friend to the Cathedral.’

Mr. Larter-Evans said: 'I am delighted to have been appointed as the next Head of St Paul's Cathedral School. Everyone has made me very welcome, and it is a great privilege to be asked to lead such a warm, purposeful and vibrant school. It is a happy place, with a unique and special relationship with the Cathedral which I look forward to developing further. This is such an exciting time to be joining the school, and I know that it will be a real pleasure to work with the wonderful staff, pupils and their parents.' 

St Paul’s is a co-educational preparatory school for boys and girls aged four to 13, and a residential choir school for the Choristers of St Paul’s Cathedral.