Mr Peter Jones has announced that he will be retiring as Headmaster at the end of August 2014 after 26 years’ service at Old Swinford Hospital, seven of which have been as Headmaster.
In 1988, he joined Old Swinford Hospital as Director of Sport and took responsibility for the development of rugby football in 1989. Mr Jones has also been a day housemaster, staff governor, boarding tutor and member of the senior management team. In 2001, he was appointed Deputy Headmaster.
During his time as Headmaster, Mr Jones has overseen the successful completion of a major new building expansion programme, arguably the single biggest development programme in the history of the School, including its foundation.
Commenting on his retirement, Mr Jones said, “I have had a wonderful 25 years at Old Swinford. It has been an enormous privilege and honour to have been part of a very special and highly successful community. To end my career as an extremely proud Headmaster means so much to me. I have been overwhelmed by the messages received from parents, pupils, staff, Feoffees, Governors and Old Foleyans on the announcement of my retirement. I look forward to my final and 26th year with relish and I am sure it will be as rewarding and fulfilling as the previous 25.”
Chairman of Feoffees and Governors, Mr Malcolm Wilcox said, “We all wish Peter and Christine a very happy retirement. Peter has seen the School through a phase of significant capital development, modelling a modern school to match it, but without losing any of Old Swinford’s heart and history. He has set a footprint for his successor to continue with the development of academic excellence at Old Swinford Hospital, as well as the promotion of opportunities beyond the curriculum.”
The process of appointing the next Headmaster, who will be only the 19th in the School’s history, will begin in September.