Mr Michael Wilson will be stepping down as Headmaster at the end of the Summer term 2018. He will not be leaving the Cranleigh family of schools but will join Cranleigh Abu Dhabi as Headmaster, from July 2018.
“I very much look forward to joining Cranleigh Prep in the new academic year,” said Mr Brooks. “I have known and respected the school and its current leadership and am excited to continue to build on the exceptional ethos they have created.
“As educators we carry the weightiest responsibility; to steer children towards becoming successful and confident adults who will form and contribute towards tomorrow’s society. Cranleigh’s genuine desire to see each child thrive, be tolerant and balanced, yet know their own minds is hugely appealing; I look forward to serving the school and its pupils.”
Following a notable early career as an Army Officer on active service, Mr Brooks began his twenty year career in education as a Housemaster at Cothill House, becoming Headmaster there in 2003. During his ten years at Cothill he raised the school to an enviable position as a prominent and popular boarding choice. Afterwards he helped to set up other initiatives within the Cothill Trust, covering eight preparatory schools. He went on to work with the Natural History Museum to deliver science courses combined with boarding experiences for inner-London children and briefly became Principal of the Trust, before joining Fulham Prep Schools as Principal.
Mr Adrian Lajtha, Chairman of the Board of Governors, said: “Neil was the unanimous choice of the selection panel and we are absolutely delighted that he has accepted our offer to join the Cranleigh family. It is to Mike Wilson’s great credit that our outstanding prep school attracted such a strong calibre of applicants, he was always going to be a difficult act to follow, but we are very confident that Neil will make an excellent successor.
“From a distinguished career in education Neil brings great leadership experience and an exceptional reputation, as well as energy, insight and a real passion for the special Cranleigh ethos. We are certain that Neil, and his wife Tracy, will bring a huge amount to Cranleigh and will together enhance and extend the holistic educational and boarding ethos. With Neil’s appointment, and with Mike in Abu Dhabi, the Cranleigh family will continue to work together at the forefront of educational thinking and practice.”