New Head of Leicester Grammar School and CEO of LGS Trust

Following the departure of its Headmaster and CEO, Mr Chris King, at the end of August 2018 to become the Chief Executive of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS), Leicester Grammar School is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Head of Leicester Grammar School and CEO of LGS Trust.

From September 2019, the Grammar School and Trust will be led by Mr John Watson (photographed), currently Headmaster of Bablake School in Coventry. Mr Watson has been Head of Bablake School since September 2006. Prior to that appointment, he spent his professional career working at Sevenoaks School, Millfield School and Trinity School, Croydon where he was the Senior Deputy from 2001 to 2006. John graduated from the University of Oxford with a first class joint honours degree in Classics and Modern Languages and then took his PGCE at the University of Exeter and the Advanced Certificate in Educational Management at the University of Leicester. He is an ISI inspector and Chair of HMC’s Professional Development Sub-committee, in which role he directs the induction courses for new heads. 

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Watson has said: “I am truly delighted at the prospect of joining such a dynamic and successful family of schools, and very much look forward to working with Staff and Trustees to ensure the future strength and happiness of the Trust.”

Until Mr Watson takes up his post in September 2019, current LGS Deputy Headmaster Mr James Rich (photograph below) will take on the interim role of Headmaster of Leicester Grammar School. Mr Rich, who joined the Grammar School as Deputy in September 2012, will work with other members of the Trust’s senior management team to ensure continued smooth running of the Trust. He will also work closely with Mr Watson to prepare the Trust for the next exciting phase of its life.

Mr Rich paid tribute to Mr King and looked forward when he commented: "It is a privilege to be asked to build upon Chris' fine achievements in the year ahead and to prepare the ground for John's arrival. With strong pupil numbers, a talented team of staff, a pupil body that is happy and eager to succeed, and several strategic projects underway, it is an exciting time to be a part of the Grammar School and Trust."