Hunt to find new headmaster for top school

Headmaster of Stonyhurst College Andrew Johnson is heading off to pastures new. (s)
Headmaster of Stonyhurst College Andrew Johnson is heading off to pastures new. (s)
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Governors at a prestigious Ribble Valley private school are searching for a new headmaster following the announcement that the current head is moving on to pastures new.

Andrew Johnson, who has been headmaster of Stonyhurst College at Hurst Green since 2006, will leave the college at the end of the summer term 2016.

It has been a great privilege and a great opportunity to be headmaster at Stonyhurst. Now is the time to hand the baton on to someone else who will continue to develop this great school

Andrew Johnson

“After 10 years at Stonyhurst College it’s time for a new challenge, but I will be leaving with very fond memories indeed,” said Mr Johnson. “It has been a great privilege and a great opportunity to be headmaster at Stonyhurst. Now is the time to hand the baton on to someone else who will continue to develop this great school”.

Mr Johnson has overseen significant development and growth at Stonyhurst over the past decade. The college has undertaken a £20m. programme to develop its facilities, including building a new boarding house, a new dining room and kitchens, and significant renovations of the grade one listed buildings.

Pupil numbers have also increased significantly during Mr Johnson’s tenure. Among the new courses introduced most notable has been the IB diploma, which is taught alongside A levels at Stonyhurst.

The college is also celebrating its best ever A level results this summer (71% of exams were graded A*, A or B) and its best ever GCSE results (51% of exams were graded A* or A).

Mr Johnson will become Headmaster of St Benedict’s School, Ealing, in September 2016. Stonyhurst governors are conducting an executive search with a view to selecting Mr Johnson’s successor by Christmas.