A leading school has appointed a new headmaster.

Mark Mortimer has become the seventh head of Bryanston boarding and day school.

He was formerly headmaster  of Warminster school and he succeeds Sarah Thomas who retired as head this summer, after 14 years.

Mr Mortimer said: “It is an honour to be appointed Headmaster of Bryanston. I have been deeply impressed by the warmth of the school community and by the level of commitment to the school’s timeless guiding principles. Bryanston’s educational philosophy is genuine, bold and rare and, as Headmaster, I will cherish it and work tirelessly to preserve, promote and develop it. The school is rightfully proud of its reputation for developing pupils with a clear sense of duty and self-belief and I’m really looking forward to building on the outstanding leadership of Sarah Thomas.”

Julian Greenhill, Chair of Governors at Bryanston said: “Mark has the vision, energy, and experience to embrace and nurture Bryanston’s distinctive educational values. Such qualities will enable him to build upon the exceptional work of Sarah and her predecessors and lead the school forward to even greater success through the next stage of his life.”

Mark is known for having a considerable interest in the arts, he is a keen sportsman and has rowed across the Atlantic twice and also successfully completed the Marathon des Sables footrace across the Sahara.

Having graduated in History at the University of London, Mr Mortimer also secured a PGCE in Education at the University of Oxford.

By Frankie Barron