The world’s fourth oldest school is starting 2019 with a new Head Master.
Jeremy Walker, previously Principal of King’s Rochester, takes up leadership of the 1,200-pupil St Peter’s, York, founded in AD627, today.
His commencement in the role, previously held by no less than three saints and a number of distinguished scholars, comes hot on the heels of national recognition for the School, which in November was declared The North Independent School of the Year by The Sunday Times. In February the Pre-Preparatory School at St Peter’s (Clifton) won the national TES Prep/Pre-Prep School of the Year Award.
Jeremy was educated at the University of Oxford and has held a number of senior positions in co-educational boarding schools, including roles as Headmaster of Berkhamsted Sixth and at Ardingly College where he was Housemaster, Head of Religious Studies and Head of Theory of Knowledge.
He has served as a Governor of two Prep Schools, sat on the HMC Committee and Universities Sub-Committee and been a Trustee of a charity supporting Chaplaincy in the independent and maintained sectors.
Jeremy keenly enjoys many sports, music and the performing arts and is looking forward to the opportunity to pursue his interests in Yorkshire. He is married to Harriet, and they have a son and a daughter, who will both be joining St Peter’s School in September 2019.
Jeremy Walker said:
“My family and I were delighted to be able to move to York in time to celebrate Christmas. My wife, children and I have already enjoyed exploring the city, including one or two of its restaurants. It is a wonderful place to live and work and we intend to take full advantage of all that this great and beautiful city and region has to offer.
“I am looking forward to engaging with the whole community of pupils, parents, staff and Old Peterites. Among the many things that have drawn me to St Peter’s is the huge range of sporting, artistic and cultural opportunities. This is really important because we want our pupils to establish interests that stay with them for life, as well as learning the skills that will make them stand out in a fast-changing world. Peterites are confident but also grounded and it is their enthusiasm that brings a great sense of fun to each School day.
“There is something for everyone at St Peter’s. We have a wonderful programme of visiting speakers lined up this term as part of York Literature Festival. I value the great work the School has done with its partner schools in the York Independent State School Partnership in offering academic challenge and opportunities for the most able students across the city, wherever they attend school. I look forward to the masterclasses we will be hosting in March for hundreds of York pupils, and working with Headteachers across the city and others in the community to ensure that the School continues to deliver benefit for all.”