MIKE HIGHAM will be retiring as headmaster of Moulsford Preparatory School at the end of the summer term after 20 highly successful years at the helm.
The school is now regarded as one of the leading prep schools in the country. The governors have appointed Ben Beardmore-Gray, currently headmaster of Mowden Hall School in Northumberland, to succeed Mr Higham. Before taking up his position at Mowden Hall, Mr Beardmore-Gray was deputy headmaster of Farleigh in Hampshire, and taught at Ludgrove in Berkshire. Moulsford is an all-boys prep school with more than 320 on the roll. It is situated in 30 acres of grounds on the banks of the River Thames and offers an outstanding academic, musical, sporting and cultural education reinforced by a vast range of extracurricular activities. The school has an enviable record of success at 13+ entry to senior schools, with more than 70 scholarships won in the past five years and all boys again were successful in gaining entry to their first choice school this year. Boys are normally admitted to the school at the two main points of entry — reception at age 4+ and in Year 3 at 7+, although places occasionally arise in other year groups. Visitors are welcome to enjoy tours of the school and the opportunity to meet staff and pupils at the school open days on Friday, September 19 from 10am to 3pm and Saturday, September 20 from 9am to 12pm. For further information please telephone the registrar on (01491) 651438.