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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 7:56 am 
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For those that are interested, KES has officially appointed a new Chief Master to take over from Mr Claughton.

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King Edward’s School, Birmingham appoints new Chief Master

King Edward’s School, Birmingham has today announced the appointment of Dr Mark Fenton as Chief Master from September 2016.

Dr Fenton will succeed John Claughton as Chief Master of King Edward’s School, Birmingham, one of the top independent boys’ schools in the country, who will retire in August 2016 after 10 years’ service.

Dr Fenton, aged 49, has been Headmaster of Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, a leading state grammar school in Buckinghamshire, since 2001. Dr Challoner’s was graded as ‘outstanding in every category’ at its last inspection and was subsequently granted an ‘Exceptional Schools Award’.

Educated at Brentwood School, Dr Fenton is a graduate from Peterhouse, Cambridge with First Class Honours in History and has since been awarded a PhD in Education Management. He was Chairman of the Grammar School Heads’ Association in 2012-13 and is also Chairman of the Buckinghamshire Schools Cricket Association, as well as an English Cricket Board coach and umpire.

Dr Fenton will also hold the role of Headmaster of the King Edward’s Foundation, representing all of its eight schools on the main Board, with particular responsibility for the development of educational policy.

Following a rigorous selection process by the Governors of the School, Tim Clarke, Chairman of the Governors, said: “In an outstanding field, Mark’s candidature stood out for his qualities of proven leadership and academic distinction, combined with his belief in the School’s fundamental commitment to being accessible to all boys of ability. I look forward to his building upon John Claughton's remarkable achievements of the past decade.”

On his appointment, Dr Mark Fenton said: “I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to lead King Edward’s School at such an exciting moment in its illustrious history. Birmingham deserves a truly great school such as King Edward’s and I am looking forward to working with the staff, boys and parents to build on the superb legacy which John Claughton will leave behind.”

King Edward’s School has an outstanding academic reputation and last year celebrated record GCSE results with over 90% of entries graded A* or A. In the Sixth Form, all boys study the International Baccalaureate Diploma, of which on average one third score 40 points or above, higher than the equivalent of four A*s at A-level and around 20 boys go to Oxford or Cambridge universities each year.

Accessibility is central to the purpose of the School and it is currently fundraising for its Assisted Places 100 Campaign, which aims to raise £10 million to fund 100 Assisted Places within the School by July 2016. Over £8 million has already been raised by the School over the last five years and it is well on the way to the target £10 million. The King Edward's Foundation is also funding over 120 boys in the School on Assisted Places.
John Claughton, Chief Master of King Edward’s School, said: “It has been a matter of great pride to me to be Chief Master of this School, a school that transformed my own life as a pupil.

“This has been an exciting decade with major developments – the introduction of the International Baccalaureate Diploma, massive fundraising from the alumni and major development in facilities. I’d like to thank the whole School community, staff, governors, boys, parents and alumni for putting up with me and for playing their vital part in these developments. King Edward’s truly is a great school and all these people make it so.”


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 12:28 pm 
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Looks like his got all the credentials.
Be interested to hear what forumites from Bucks might have to say about him. So all those that know Dr Challoner's tell us what you know!


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 12:41 pm 
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Interesting that KEHS appointed the most recent head from a state school and KES have now done the same. Previous heads tended to have spent their careers in other indies.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 12:48 pm 
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I note they are replacing an Oxford cricket playing classicist with a Cambridge cricket coaching historian....


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 2:58 pm 
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Turtlegirl wrote:
I note they are replacing an Oxford cricket playing classicist with a Cambridge cricket coaching historian....


I must admit that this was my first thought! :lol:


hermanmunster wrote:
Interesting that KEHS appointed the most recent head from a state school and KES have now done the same. Previous heads tended to have spent their careers in other indies.


Wasn't the previous Head of Camp Hill (Mr Roden) from KES? I suppose that the role of head of KES as well as the role as head of the KE Foundation has to be filled and Dr Fenton seems to be able to fill both positions.

I would be interested to know the thoughts of those who know him from Bucks too!


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 3:39 pm 
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Looks like Mr Roden was deputy at KES. Bit like decades ago Miss Ann Percival leaving KEHS to be head of Camp Hill Girls


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:26 am 
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http://www.schoolsofkingedwardvi.co.uk/ ... ds-school/
Looks like Dr Fenton will have his work cut out.
Absolutely brilliant results by the KES boys.
We might have to start saving up as KES will be a serious option for us now.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 11:23 am 
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They sent the results to parents via email, here is a part of it:

As many of you will know the IB results have just been released and as I have already had a number of people asking about them I thought it would be useful to send them out to everyone. The Sixth Form boys have done exceptionally well and have produced a record set of results. The average score has gone up from 36.75 last year to 39.0 this year placing us amongst the top IB schools not only in the UK but in the world. 45 boys achieved a score of 40 points or more and three boys got 45 points: [names removed]. A further six boys got 44 points: [names removed]. Results across all subjects and levels were very good and this has meant that the vast majority of boys have their university places already sorted.

We are all, clearly, delighted with such good results and, interestingly, I have already received emails from a number of universities offering additional places to boys as they are actively trying to recruit IB students early.


Bob1892 wrote:
Looks like Dr Fenton will have his work cut out.


The IB is really the domain of Mr Fern who will be staying at KES, not the Chief Master, so I doubt the change of leadership will make a difference. My friends son made his offer for Medicine at Oxford quite easily (the offer was below 40 so he didn't even need to be one of the top in the year).


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 11:36 am 
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Dr Fenton's current school does not take the IB.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 12:01 pm 
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Guest55 wrote:
Dr Fenton's current school does not take the IB.


As written already, it doesn't matter. The health issues and short absence of the current Chief Master didn't impact on the results at all. The IB is largely the remit of the Deputy Head who is the IB coordinator. Dr Fenton is entering a school where the IB is doing quite well anyway and he won't need to change anything in this regard. I'm sure he will make his mark elsewhere in KES and the Foundation as a whole.


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