New head David Griffiths, along with his wife Becky and their three children, arrived at St Hugh’s in September 2023, fresh from his previous post as head of Old Buckenham Hall School in Suffolk. He wasn’t actively seeking a new challenge, but a top spot at the thriving St Hugh’s was too good an opportunity to miss, with scope for considerable ambition and growth and a hugely supportive body of staff, parents, and governors.
An eminently reassuring character, Mr Griffiths is relaxed and well qualified, with 25 years of experience across both prep and senior schools under his belt. How has he managed to hit the ground running with such ease? ‘I found the right school,’ he answered without hesitation. ‘It’s been a smooth transition because the marriage between the school and myself is the right one, and everyone has a desire for this to work, which has made it easy.’
He has made himself very available from the get-go, greeting parents and children at the front door every morning, teaching a Year 7 and 8 PSHE class, getting out and about at breaktimes and converting the weekly headteacher’s blog into a more inviting video format. ‘Schooling is more powerful with positive parental partnerships,’ Mr Griffiths firmly believes. ‘If we develop trust from day one, parents will feel that they can be free to scrutinise us where necessary, but they will also believe the answers.’
Mr Griffiths is very proud of the variety of schools that pupils fly on to, but success reaches far beyond these walls – for this head, it’s far more about the children’s attitudes and characters. He wants every leaver to be engaged and outward-looking and to reflect on their formative years here as contributing positively to the way they view their world. After all, ‘successful people will be the ones who can engage, be human and be empathetic’.
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