The Framlingham College Governors and Principal, Louise North, are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Simon Roche as the Head of Framlingham College Prep School from September 2024.

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Simon is currently Senior Housemaster at St Edward’s, Oxford (Teddies). He will bring a wealth of experience to Framlingham Prep: at St Edward’s he has driven significant educational achievement and change; he is also a Governor at The Hawthorns Prep School in Surrey, where he is Chair of the Education Committee and SEN.

This appointment is hugely important to the College, and I believe that we have found an outstanding individual in Simon Roche”

Louise North - Principal, Framlingham College

Supported by executive search experts, Odgers Berndtson, the rigorous recruitment process drew together an exceptional field of candidates. Principal of Framlingham College, Louise North, commented: “This appointment is hugely important to the College, and I believe that we have found an outstanding individual in Simon Roche. As well as a very strong educationalist, Simon understands people, he inspires and leads with authenticity, integrity and humility. I look forward to working closely with him and to seeing the Prep School thrive under his leadership.”

As well as Simon’s leadership positions, he has been at the forefront of establishing St Edward’s culture of high expectation, kindness and courage. Simon has taught English and Drama and holds an MA in Educational Leadership. He has a strong interest in both sport (completing the Marathon Des Sables in 2022 and preparing to do so again in 2024 and is a keen cricketer), and the performing arts. He understands the value of the co-curricular to a fulfilling, rounded education.

Chair of Governors at Framlingham College, Charles Packshaw, said: “In Simon we have found a leader whose values and ethos closely align with those of our School. His reputation and credibility with parents, pupils and staff at St Edward’s is outstanding, and I have no doubt that he will be an inspiring Head for the Framlingham Prep community.”

Simon said: “I am thrilled to be joining Framlingham Prep with my wife Cerian and our two boys Louis (11) and Alby (9). I was drawn to the school’s enviable offering: a co-educational through school in such an idyllic setting with real care for its community and emphasis on the individual. I believe strongly in the value of one’s prep school days and that they should make the most wonderful lasting memories. It is my belief that there is no more important educational stage to get right than those early formative years. I look forward to getting to know the entire Framlingham community and leading the Prep School into 2024/25 and beyond.”

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