As the 2015-2016 Academic Year gets underway, Worth’s new Head Master, Mr Stuart McPherson, has written to parents, recounting the academic successes reflected in this summer’s exam results and sharing his vision for students returning as Autumn Term starts. His role, he says ‘is to work with all the staff and pupils to set the highest standard possible in everything we do’.
For the students Mr McPherson envisages “a fulfilling, creative and healthily strenuous year for both mind and spirit”. In the letter to parents he emphasises that with Benedictine tradition at its core the School is able ‘to give all Worthians ¬– whether Catholic, Anglican or of another faith – a positive, fully alive way of understanding themselves and the world’.
Mr McPherson says that he wants all Worth pupils to aim for their absolute best academically, and the dedicated and inspirational teaching they will encounter at Worth will help them achieve this.
No strangers to Worth, Mr McPherson and his wife, Johneen, have come to know it over recent years through their children’s involvement in summer youth retreats at Worth Abbey and say they are excited to be joining the Worth community in this new and full way.
On completing his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Western Australia and an MA in Literature and Religion at Newcastle University in the UK, Mr McPherson taught at Sydney Grammar School from 1990-2000. Returning to the UK he was at Eton College for 15 years, latterly as Housemaster of Penn House. His wife, Johneen, is the Director of Studies at an independent girls’ school in Berkshire and they have four children, aged 15 to 22.