John Attwater has been Headmaster of King Edward’s School, Witley, Surrey since January 2010.
Born in Rutland, he attended the Prebendal School in Chichester, where he was a Cathedral Chorister, before winning a scholarship to Rugby School. After a Gap year spent teaching in a tiny Yorkshire prep school, he read PPE at Oxford, gaining a First. Teacher training in History followed at York University, and then after some time back in Oxford he took a temporary post at Wells Cathedral School prior (he thought) to joining the Civil Service. Ten years later he was still there running the Religious Studies Department and a senior boys’ boarding house, and married.
In December 2005 he, Victoria and their two-week-old daughter moved to Sevenoaks School where he became Deputy Head. Sevenoaks gave him his first experience of the IB Diploma, now the sole Sixth Form curriculum at King Edward’s. At Sevenoaks he also led the planning for a £12m performing Arts Centre which opened in April 2010.
John Attwater is a governor of two schools and on the Advisory Board of The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation. His other interests include reading, cricket, his family (now numbering 2 daughters) and restoring their farmhouse in Wales.