New faces at Fyling Hall as head goes down under

Paul and Katherine Griffin
Paul and Katherine Griffin

A NEW headteacher has been appointed at Fyling Hall and will take charge next April.

Paul Griffin, who currently teaches at St Bede’s College, Manchester, was selected from 40 candidates and will replace Ken James who is leaving after five years to take a post at The Scots College in Australia.

Mr Griffin (46) had to undergo a two day interview process and was vetted by parents, pupils and trustees of the school which is based at Fylingthorpe.

He was born and brought up in Bristol and graduated from Aberystwyth University with a degree in History and trained as a teacher in Liverpool.

He has taught at several independent schools, including spells as a housemaster at Downside and the Royal Hospital School.

As well as leading the school forward he intends to continue teaching some History and coaching rugby and cross country. Away from school he is passionate about history and music, and in his spare time enjoys cooking and attempting the Times crossword.

Mr Griffin is married to Katherine who has taught Religious Studies and English and hopes to be very involved in life at Fyling Hall.

He said: “Fyling Hall is a unique and wonderful school, and I am looking forward to working with the dedicated staff and enthusiastic pupils that I met during the interview process. It’s also a delight for both of us to be moving to such an astonishingly beautiful part of the country”.

Outgoing headmaster Mr James said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Fyling Hall and will be tremendously sad to leave the school. It is 20 years since I first worked in Australia and I have thought about returning many times, I’m not a man to rush a decision.

“I am sure that the school will go from strength to strength under Paul’s stewardship and I know the community will make Paul and Katherine very welcome.”