GIGGLESWICK School has announced the appointment of Sam Hart as its new headmaster.

Mr Hart, who has come from Winchester College, will replace current head Mark Turnbull, who will step down at Christmas after seven years in the post. Mr Turnbull will be leaving to take up his new role in Canterbury having been appointed as headmaster of Kent College.

For Mr Hart the position will be his first headship, and he comes to Giggleswick with a wealth of experience having been a housemaster, head of Winchester’s Combined Cadet Force and head of sport, as well as a teacher of physics.

He was previously in the Army Air Corps where he flew Lynx helicopters and was awarded the NATO Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding leadership as an operations officer for the Joint Helicopter Force in Afghanistan.

Alex Thursby, chairman of governors at Giggleswick, said following Mr Hart's appointment: “We had a strong field of candidates to be the next headmaster, and this reflects well on Mark’s achievements at the school and the high standing of Giggleswick.

“The governors selected Sam for his qualities as a leader, his dedication to education and his exceptionally broad talents."

Mr Thursby added: “He is highly intelligent, pragmatic, and energetic, as well as caring deeply for those he leads. Sam brings strong experience of boarding as well as a highly successful track record from his current school.

“We are delighted to have made such a strong appointment to be the next head of Giggleswick School.”

Mr Hart is married to Lucy and has two young children. He has a first-class degree in engineering from the University of Edinburgh.

Mr Hart said: “I am honoured to have been appointed as the headmaster of Giggleswick. During my recent visits I was greatly impressed by the ethos of the school and the pupils I met.

“I am looking forward to meeting everyone, and to finding out much more about the full breadth of learning at Giggleswick and what it offers to young people.”

Giggleswick School is a 400-pupil, independent, co-educational day and boarding school set in countryside near the market town of Settle.

Founded in 1512, the school offers a high-quality education where personal development is a key focus alongside excellent academic results, providing young people with the skills, positive attitude and self-belief to equip them for happiness and success in today’s world.

For more information, visit www.giggleswick.org.uk