Purcell School appoints new head

The Purcell School has announced the appointment of Stephen Yeo to succeed David Thomas as Headmaster. 

Stephen Yeo

Stephen Yeo

Mr Yeo will take up his appointment in January 2016 with the current Deputy Head, James Harding, acting as Interim Head for the autumn term. 

Stephen Yeo, a Bristolian by birth, began his musical education as a cathedral chorister at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, progressing to King's College, Taunton. After graduating with a BMus degree from the University of Sheffield he spent five years in Dublin where he sang, played the organ, and taught at St Columba's College and the music department of the Dublin Institute of Technology. He was then Director of Music at St Elphin's School, Matlock, followed by eight years as Head of Music and Performing Arts at King Edward VI Handsworth School in Birmingham. Stephen then joined the leadership team at Bedales School, and subsequently became Head of Lyndhurst School in Camberley. For the last four years he has been Head of Exeter Cathedral School.

In addition to his music degree Stephen holds a music education diploma from Trinity College, London and his National Professional Qualification for Headship (Secondary). He is also a Boarding and Team Inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate and an Examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

Stephen said of his appointment:

'I am looking forward hugely to joining the community at the Purcell School. I have already been impressed by the friendly atmosphere of the School and feel privileged and excited to have been invited to lead such a prestigious institution, with its enviable national and international reputation. I am planning on visiting the School as soon as possible to meet pupils, staff, parents and governors and look forward to getting to know the Patrons, Benefactors and supporters of the School.'

Purcell School pupils rehearsing at the South Bank Centre, 2014

Purcell School pupils rehearsing at the South Bank Centre, 2014

Sir Roger Jackling KCB CBE, Chair of Governors, said:

'Mr Yeo was selected from a strong field, and we are confident that his wide experience in schools, combined with his musicianship, equip him well to move The Purcell School forward, and build on the excellent work of David Thomas.'