New Head announced for Ipswich School

Posted on 17th Jan 2024 in School News, Appointments

Nick Gregory, current Head of Wycliffe College in Gloucestershire and a former Ipswich School pupil, has been appointed by the Ipswich School governors to become the new Head of Ipswich School from September 2024.

Henry Staunton, the 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 fourteen 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.”

Nick Gregory has been Head of Wycliffe College, which is a day and boarding school for pupils aged 3 to 18, since 2015. Prior to taking on the Headship at Wycliffe, he had undertaken a wide range of roles at schools including Barnard Castle, Merchant Taylors’ Northwood, Old Swinford Hospital and Mill Hill, where he was Deputy Head (Pastoral). Nick has an MEd in Educational Leadership. He made the switch into teaching - teaching modern foreign languages, principally Spanish - after starting his career in finance with Barclays Bank.

During his time at Wycliffe, he has 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. Wycliffe was awarded ‘Excellent’ for all areas of its provision in a 2022 ISI Inspection.

Nick is Ipswich-born, and is a former pupil of Ipswich School. He is married to Helen, and has three sons aged between 16 and 25.

Nick Gregory 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). Helen, our three boys and I are all greatly looking forward to moving to Suffolk over the summer.”