Bablake and King Henry VIII School announces new principal

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Coventry Independent School has announced the appointment of Chris Staley as its new principal.

With nearly three decades of experience in the sector, Staley comes to Bablake and King Henry VIII School (BKHS) after spending the past seven years as Head of Wisbech Grammar School.

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“I am very happy to be appointed and excited about the incredible opportunities and possibilities that this position presents to the Coventry School Foundation,” he said.

“We have all gone through significant amounts of change over the past 18 months and the institution needs to ensure it is in the best position to deliver a first-class education to current and future students in a rapidly changing world.”

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Melbourne-born Staley won’t become principal until the next academic year, but is set to spend a “significant amount of time” getting to know BKHS staff and students before formally joining the position.

“I look forward to working with all stakeholders – pupils, parents, staff, ex-students, governors and the people of Coventry, to ensure their voices are heard,” he added.

“We want to make sure we embrace any opportunities available, but we must ensure that the beating hearts and unique DNA of each of the great schools within our organization remain our top priority. I look forward to meeting students, parents and staff in the months ahead.”


From the archive: In 2016, we reported on the former Bablake’s sixth chosen to represent Great Britain at an international wheelchair basketball tournament.


Prior to joining Wisbech, Staley taught for 15 years at Cranley School, preceded by two years working at a maintained day school in Kent.

In addition to his chair, he is also a visiting lecturer for MBA students, specializing in topics including communication, marketing, leadership, resource management, and strategic thinking.

In news of other appointments at BKHS, Ian Dunn has been announced as head of the school.

He said: “There are clearly so many things to celebrate at BKHS – fantastic academic results, superior pastoral care and a passion for developing wonderful young people.”

“The senior leaders, educators and support staff I have had the opportunity to meet so far have been very generous in sharing their knowledge and understanding, and I look forward to meeting many of you.

“I will work equally hard to support them in their important mission of leading the school into a bright future.”

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