A HEADTEACHER who has led an 'outstanding' grammar school for the last 25 years is retiring.

Bishop Wordsworth School will appoint a new headteacher in September 2024 to replace Dr Stuart Smallwood who is retiring after two and a half decades of dedicated service.

Matthew Morgan is moving from his role of head at Sir Thomas Rich's school, Gloucester, to take the reins and lead Bishops into its next chapter.

Mr Morgan is not unfamiliar with Salisbury having spent time working for the Southern Theological and Training Scheme based at Sarum College when he was a student at London.

He said: "I know I am most privileged to be selected to be the new Headteacher of Bishop Wordsworth’s. It is a humbling experience to lead any school but clearly there is something special about Bishop’s.

"It will be hard to hand over the reins to someone else having been at Sir Thomas Rich’s for 17 years but the time is right for me to take on a new challenge."

Salisbury Journal: Dr Stuart Smallwood is retiring.Dr Stuart Smallwood is retiring. (Image: Bishop Wordsworth's School)

Labelling Bishop's reputation for excellence as "well-deserved", Mr Morgan said he is excited to continue the school's mission, set out in 1890, to encourage all students to face confidently the challenges of a fast-changing world.

"I am resolutely ambitious for each and every one of our students and will endeavour to support them lead happy, purposeful and responsible lives," he added.

Chair of governors Rebecca Harwood Lincoln said: "We are excited to welcome Matthew Morgan as our new Head. His vision and passion align perfectly with our school’s ethos and we are confident he will lead us towards even greater accomplishments."