Announcement of New Head Master

Posted: 9th December 2018

The Governors of Mount Kelly are delighted to announce that, from a very strong field of candidates, Mr. Guy Ayling has been appointed as Head Master and Principal of the Foundation. Mr. Ayling succeeds Mr. Mark Semmence who, after a highly successful tenure, leaves Mount Kelly in April to take up the post of Headmaster at Repton School.

Guy joins Mount Kelly from Llandovery College in Wales where he is currently Warden (Head Master), a post he has held for six years. Llandovery College, set in the heart of the Welsh countryside, is a 4-18, co-educational independent day and boarding school. As Warden, Guy’s innovative approach to curriculum development has improved retention enormously at Llandovery, and this, coupled with a renewed focus on a wider market, has secured the long-term future of the School and is testament to Guy’s own strong vision about the future of modern, independent education.

Before taking up the leadership of Llandovery College Guy spent fifteen years at Sedbergh School where he was Housemaster for ten years and Senior Master (Senior Deputy Head) for two. Guy brings with him a wealth of experience in both teaching and boarding and has a proven track record as an experienced and successful leader. Guy has also served on the Governing Body of several prep schools and is currently a committee member of the Society of Heads.

Guy was educated at Bilton Grange and Rugby School, where he was a Music Scholar and Head of School, and at the University St Andrews (MA) where he studied Medieval History. Guy is a keen sportsman having played 1st XV rugby and 1st XI hockey at Rugby School and went on to captain the St Andrew’s 1st XV and play Scottish Universities Rugby Football.

Dr Kevin Wilson, Chairman of the Board of Governors, commented: ‘Guy’s experience at Llandovery, the successful realignment of the Prep and the College and his innovative and determined approach to building the School both through commercial innovation and an absolute commitment to academic excellence resonate with the successful pathway we have forged at Mount Kelly. We believe that we have found an inspirational and experienced leader who will make a significant long-term contribution to the continued and future success of the Foundation.’

Upon acceptance of the role Guy said: ‘I am hugely honoured and proud to be appointed as the next Head Master of Mount Kelly. My family and I have been deeply impressed by the School’s warmth, energy and sense of purpose. It is an extremely exciting time in Mount Kelly’s history; my focus will be on consolidating the considerable growth and extraordinary achievements of recent years, ensuring the school retains its pre-eminent position in the South West and as a centre of excellence, innovation and creativity within the independent sector of the UK and beyond.’

Guy will take up the position at Mount Kelly in April 2019 together with his wife, Heather and their three sons.

Since 2014, Mount Kelly has been transformed. Pupil numbers have increased significantly and there has been considerable investment in the infrastructure of the Prep and the College including the construction of the 50m Olympic Swimming Pool completed in 2016 and a bridge across the River Tavy linking the College and Prep.

Mount Kelly, founded in 1877, for the sons of naval officers today is a co-educational, day and boarding school with nearly 600 pupils from the age of 3 to 18. Shortlisted for the TES Boarding School of the Year Award 2018 and voted one of top ten best value for money boarding schools by the Daily Telegraph, Mount Kelly is set on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, and combines academic excellence, an outstanding range of opportunities beyond the classroom and exceptional pastoral care.

We have high expectations and this encourages our pupils to believe in themselves, to be inquisitive, to be resilient and to show ambition both in and out of the classroom. Our pupils feel happy and valued, which gives them the confidence, social awareness and enthusiasm for life-long learning needed to succeed in a fast-changing world.

Mount Kelly is well known for its world class coaching facility for swimming, including an onsite 8 lane 50 metre pool, and offers an elite training programme which is fully integrated within the academic life of the School. Alumni of the swim programme have won a total of 29 Olympic and Commonwealth medals over the last 30 years and include Sharron Davies, Andy Jamieson, Lauren Steadman and Mark Foster.

For further information please contact Vanessa Bowles, Director of Admissions and Marketing, Mount Kelly. Email: Telephone 01822 813193

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