Rugby High School announces new head teacher

Mark Grady.
Mark Grady.

Rugby High School’s deputy head Mark Grady will step in as head when the school’s long-serving  Charlotte Marten retires at  the end of the academic year.

Mr Grady worked at Rugby High as an English and drama teacher before leaving to become head of department at Myton School in Warwick. He then rejoined Rugby High in 2014.

He said: “I am tremendously excited to be appointed head teacher of such a wonderful school.

“The community at RHS is one that is very special indeed, and it is a great honour and privilege to be entrusted with its leadership.

“I look forward to working with the staff, students, parents and governing body to ensure RHS remains the pioneering school that Olive Hands created in 1903, ensuring that her legacy continues to support and offer an excellent education for the young women of Rugby.”

Mr Grady will take up his new post as head of the all-girls grammar school in September 2019.

Peter Reaney, chair of governors, said: “After a testing and rigorous selection process, Mark emerged as the outstanding candidate from a very strong field of candidates from across the country.

“We believe his appointment will be welcomed wholeheartedly by staff, students and parents.

“Whilst at the school he has proved to be an inspirational teacher of English and drama and significantly, an inspirational and aspirational leader over the last four-and-a-half years in his role as deputy.

“Under Charlotte Marten’s exemplary leadership for the last twelve years, our outstanding school has gone from strength to strength and the governors believe that Mark is absolutely the right person to take us beyond outstanding.”

The Longrood Road school is rated by Ofsted as ‘outstanding.’