8th July 2021 The Kingsley School

The Kingsley School Appoints New Headteacher

The Kingsley School has appointed Mr James Mercer-Kelly as its new Headteacher from January 2022.

Mr Mercer-Kelly is a passionate advocate of girls’ education, working at single-sex girls’ schools for the past sixteen years. A highly skilled leader with a rare mix of pastoral and academic experience, Mr Mercer-Kelly has been Assistant Head (Pupil Development) at Headington School, Oxford before his current role as Senior Deputy Head at Wycombe Abbey School. A Chemistry graduate from the University of Oxford, Mr Mercer-Kelly enjoys the Arts, gardening, and travelling, which has inspired him in recent years to learn Italian.

Kingsley has been very fortunate that Mrs Christina McCullough, Deputy Head with responsibility for Pastoral Care, who had joined Kingsley at the beginning of the 2019-20 academic year, was willing to cover an extended interim period as Acting Headteacher. Mrs McCullough has offered superb leadership in such very difficult circumstances over the past year, for which the entire community are so grateful. She will resume her role as Deputy Head in January 2022.

Sustaining the unique culture of The Kingsley School, which is a very special place for pupils, parents, staff and alumnae, is the number one priority for Mr Mercer-Kelly. He understands Kingsley and the characteristics which make it so special, bringing a warmth which will resonate with the school’s highly-prized reputation for pastoral care and a commitment to ensuring all pupils have the best possible experience and range of opportunities during their lives at school.

Mr Mercer-Kelly says: “It is an honour to have been invited to be the new Headteacher at Kingsley. Since my first visit to the school, I have been struck by the confidence and kindness of the pupils, and the commitment of the staff. I am very much looking forward to getting to know the whole Kingsley community well, and am excited to see our relationship with the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation develop. I am delighted to work with the Senior Leadership Team to lead Kingsley forward on this journey together.”

Mr Richard Nicholson, the Principal of the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation, says: “Mr Mercer-Kelly impressed everyone with his warmth, his passion for education, and his love of Kingsley and all the school stands for. We look forward to seeing the Kingsley community, and its unique ethos, continue to thrive under his leadership.”