Two new head masters have been appointed at schools in Warwick

James Barker will take over at Warwick School and Dr Stephen Burley at King’s High School - both schools are part of the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation

Tuesday, 24th November 2020, 1:07 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th November 2020, 1:09 pm
Dr Stephen Burley will take over at King’s High School and James Barker at Warwick School.
Dr Stephen Burley will take over at King’s High School and James Barker at Warwick School.

Two new head masters have been appointed at schools in Warwick.

James Barker will take over at Warwick School and Dr Stephen Burley at King’s High School - both schools are part of the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation.

Currently acting head master at Warwick School, Mr Barker began his association with the school as a pupil, before leaving to study Philosophy at Cardiff University. He returned to Warwick School as a graduate teacher, before taking on leadership positions at Abingdon School and Royal Grammar School, Worcester, returning to Warwick as Deputy Head in 2016.

Mr Barker said: “It is an enormous privilege to be entrusted with the responsibility of guiding Warwick School at this exciting time in its long and proud history."

Dr Burley, currently academic deputy head at King’s High School, is already a well-known figure in the school community. A graduate in English from University College London, Dr Burley went on to sit his Master of Philosophy at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, where he was also a tutor for admissions, and took his doctorate at Queen Mary, University of London. Beginning his career at The King’s School, Canterbury, Dr Burley then moved to Sevenoaks School, before joining Headington School as head of English. He joined King’s High as deputy head and recently took over the position of acting senior deputy head.

Dr Burley said: "There is a tremendous sense of excitement since the school’s move to our new site and it is a remarkable moment for the whole Foundation as we come together on one campus."