Former pupil named head of Ipswich School

  • 18th January 2024

Nick Gregory

Ipswich School, a public school for pupils aged three to 18, has appointed former pupil Nick Gregory as its head, effective from September, replacing Nicholas Weaver.

Since 2015 Gregory has been head of Wycliffe College in Gloucestershire, a day and boarding school for pupils aged three to 18. Here he improved academic standards, developed boarding, increased pupil numbers, raised the school’s profile both nationally and abroad, and led a wide-range of building and facilities projects.

Before that, he worked at schools including Barnard Castle, Merchant Taylors’ Northwood, Old Swinford Hospital and Mill Hill, where he was deputy head (pastoral). Gregory has an MEd in educational leadership and made the switch into teaching – teaching modern foreign languages, principally Spanish – after starting his career in finance with Barclays.

Henry Staunton, Ipswich School’s chairman of governors, said: “I am delighted that we have found such an excellent individual with a connection to Suffolk and Ipswich School to build upon Nicholas Weaver’s 14 years of outstanding leadership.

“During Mr Weaver’s tenure, Ipswich School achieved its highest ever position in the academic league tables. Our sports teams, both boys and girls, have consistently reached the national rankings, and our musicians and actors have gone on to achieve national and international recognition. In addition, he presided over a steady growth in numbers and has enhanced the school’s estate, with the opening of several new landmark buildings and facilities, including sports facilities at Rushmere, a new music school, and the purchase of the Anglesea Heights site.

“We welcome Nick Gregory and anticipate he will build on this legacy to take Ipswich School into an even stronger future.”

Gregory is Ipswich-born, and is married to Helen and has three sons aged between 16 and 25. He said: “I feel exceptionally honoured to have been asked to lead the next chapter of Ipswich School’s long and illustrious history. Nick Weaver will hand on a school in extraordinarily good shape characterised by, among many other things, a notable and richly-deserved reputation for excellence in music and the arts, outstanding academic achievement in a wide range of subject areas and a recent record of enormous success in sport, especially in cricket, hockey and rugby.”

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