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Denstone College Announces New Headmaster


After a rigorous selection process, the Chairman and governors of Denstone College are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Miles Norris to be Headmaster with effect from September 2018. Miles will succeed David Derbyshire, who has led the College with distinction since 1997. Currently Second Master at the College, Miles is in a unique position to build upon the huge strides the school has made under the current Headmaster.

Educated at Cranleigh School, Miles read Geography at Keble College, Oxford, where he gained his Masters before completing a PGCE, also at Keble. He taught at Haileybury before joining Denstone as Head of Senior School Boys’ Boarding in 2008. He then became Second Master in 2014. During his career to date he has been involved in most aspects of boarding school life, introducing an inaugural co-curricular programme at Haileybury, coaching all three main boys’ sports at both schools, and holding the post of Commanding Officer of the RAF Section at Denstone. He has successfully completed a variety of endurance events, including the gruelling Marathon des Sables and Thames Meander ultramarathons, and is now working towards his black belt in Judo.

Miles’ wife, Ruth is Director of Academic Excellence at the College, herself a graduate of both Oxford and Cambridge Universities. They have two daughters, Evie and Nuala, both of whom attend Denstone College Preparatory School at Smallwood Manor.

Chairman Kevin Threlfall said, “Our pupil numbers and reputation have grown consistently over the last twenty years, and we are indebted to David Derbyshire for the legacy he will leave behind. Miles Norris is an outstanding candidate and still only 39 years of age. He has an exciting vision for Denstone College as a beacon of excellence, and with age and experience on his side, he is uniquely placed to maintain and develop our wonderful school.”

Miles Norris said, “It is an honour to be invited to lead the College. It is a remarkable community, blessed with a very special relationship between pupils and staff. I will work tirelessly to enable pupils to meet their high aspirations through a holistic education underpinned by academic excellence and spiritual guidance.”

Published: May 10 2017

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