Headmaster Chris Jeffery will be leaving The Grange School in the summer of 2016 to become Headmaster of Bootham School in York. The move, announced today by the Grange School’s Board of Governors, will see. Chris formally take up his new position at Bootham in September, 2016.
In its announcement, The Board of Governors said it was sad to see Chris leave the school and acknowledged his significant commitment and contribution to the development of The Grange since his appointment in 2005. The Board will now begin the process of identifying the right person to succeed Chris as Head and build on The Grange’s considerable strengths.
During Chris’s time at the school, and especially through the commitment and hard work of his staff in all roles, The Grange has flourished in very many ways:
The Curriculum 2020 project, a thought-leading piece undertaken early in Chris’ tenure which set the scene for the development of the school's strategy and of the Grange Way as the basis for a new understanding of the school’s curriculum.
Articulation of the vision and values that continues to make the school special, successful and different, attracting high quality staff who exemplify the school’s values, and giving it confidence to portray itself in an imaginative and cutting edge way in its marketing activity.
Strengthening the school’s reputation for offering excellent pastoral care.
Growth in numbers and demand at all levels at the Senior School over the past ten years, helping the school to successfully navigate the recent recession.
Sustained excellence in public exams both in both results and the added value they represent, which has seen the school regularly in the top reaches of various national performance tables and consistently the best in Cheshire, in part securing our position as Cheshire’s leading independent day school.
Expansion of the school’s enrichment programme, especially in areas such as music, drama, DofE, rowing, rugby, girls team sports, and the development of the Grange Award.
Development of the school’s Access to Excellent bursary scheme and continued support for charity, especially Project Gambia (in which Chris has taken a particular interest).
Continued development of top class facilities including theatre, drama and music facilities; a junior school with sports, music, science and D&T facilities unrivalled in the North West; all-weather sports facilities; an outstanding sixth form centre; and a building programme that stretches into the next ten years to provide a new sports centre, a new school hall, dining facilities and more outstanding teaching space.
In addition Chris has significantly raised the school’s profile in independent education by representing The Grange locally as Chair of HMC NW, the HMC representative on the national Independent Schools Child Welfare expert group and, recently, as Chair of the HMC Welfare Working Group which he was instrumental in setting up.
Chris Stubbs, Chairman of the Governors, commented: "We fully understand and support Chris's decision to take on a new challenge at another outstanding, but very different, school at this stage in his career. I feel extraordinarily fortunate to have been Chairman during his time as Headmaster and when the time comes, we will thank him appropriately for his outstanding service to the school and wish him every success in his new venture. Without being remotely complacent, The Grange is in a strong position, with its clear educational mission, dedicated and talented staff, clear values, ambitious future plans and healthy finances."
Chris Jeffery said: “It has been the greatest joy of my career to have led such a remarkable and wonderful school over the past ten years; leaving such a warm, supportive community will be very hard! I am very excited about the move to Bootham School, which shares all the most important values of The Grange, and will provide new challenges for the next phase of my career. I am utterly confident that the Governors will find an outstanding successor who will enjoy leading The Grange as much as I have”.