Gordonstoun announces appointment of new Head of Senior School

Gordonstoun is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Head of Senior School. Simon Cane-Hardy will join the school in September 2023.

Mr Cane-Hardy is currently Deputy Head at Prior Park College in Bath, a co-educational day school and boarding school of 650 pupils. Prior to this role he was Head of Boarding at Pangbourne College and Head of Lower School as well as Head of History at Shiplake College in Oxfordshire. He holds a history degree from the University of Wales, a PGCE and an MEd in Educational Leadership and is an experienced rugby coach and referee. Mr Cane-Hardy takes over the role from Richard Devey who is stepping down after 31 years at Gordonstoun.

Commenting on his appointment Simon Cane-Hardy said:

I am absolutely thrilled to be joining Gordonstoun as the new Head of Senior School. It was clear from my recent visit that Gordonstoun is a very special place; not only does it have a world-renowned ethos and stunning campus, but I was struck by its community – so friendly, welcoming and full of spark. It’s this community that I’m so excited to be joining, alongside my wife Helen, and our three children. We can’t wait to throw ourselves into the life of the school and I look forward to continuing the outstanding work of Richard Devey, working with a very talented and committed team.”

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Gordonstoun is a not-for-profit independent boarding school which was established in Moray, Scotland in 1934 by Dr Kurt Hahn, a Jewish exile who fled Nazi Germany. He founded the school with the ideal of developing better world citizens equipped to contribute to society. Dr Kurt Hahn was the driving force behind the Outward Bound Movement and also worked with former pupil Prince Philip to establish The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards. Gordonstoun has been a pioneer of character education which, as well as academic subjects, includes outdoor activities, sailing and service to the community. Three generations of British Royalty were educated at Gordonstoun including King Charles. Approximately one third of the pupils at the co-educational boarding school receive financial help in order to attend. The school was described as ‘outstanding’ and ‘sector-leading’ in its most recent inspection and was voted the best boarding school in the UK in 2021.