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Welcome to Dr Mark Fenton

04 November 2016

In September 2016, Dr Mark Fenton became the 31st Chief Master of King Edward’s School. Dr Fenton has wasted no time in getting to know the staff and boys and has already experienced many of the diverse aspects of school life. 

Hours have been spent on the touchline supporting boys at hockey and rugby fixtures and a varied mix of drama and music performances have been enjoyed in the splendour of the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre. Friday afternoon activities have been sampled and time in the classroom experienced with the boys. Visits further afield have included meeting the CCF’s Army Section on their Expeditions Weekend in Swynnerton and joining the trip to the Battlefields of Belgium
and France.

The Battlefields Trip to France and Belgium

Dr Fenton has also met with members of the school community at both ends of the spectrum. In September over 300 prospective boys and their families were welcomed to our busiest ever Open Day and in October over 120 Old Edwardians were greeted at the 42nd Biennial Dinner.

Dr Fenton said: “I am delighted to have taken up the post of Chief Master and have been overwhelmed by the warm welcome I have received from the whole school community.

“I have already been struck by the richness and diversity of school life and the passion held by all involved with the school. I have also thoroughly enjoyed sampling a fraction
of what this school offers over the last
few weeks.

“For over 450 years, King Edward’s has provided an education that has enabled the boys of Birmingham and the surrounding areas to go on to achieve great things and I look forward to contributing to the future success of this truly great school.”

Prior to becoming Chief Master of King Edward’s School, Dr Fenton was Headmaster of Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, a leading state grammar school in Buckinghamshire. Educated at Brentwood School, Dr Fenton is a graduate of Peterhouse, Cambridge with First Class Honours in History and has since been awarded a PhD in Education Management.

You can follow Dr Fenton on Twitter @KESChiefMaster

Dr Fenton at the Biennial Dinner