Jonathan Anderson Headmaster
This is my third year as Headmaster at Merchiston Castle School, having joined in August 2018. I grew up in Ulster and read Geography at Queen’s Belfast where I developed an appetite for teaching.
In 1997, I joined Christ’s Hospital as a Geography Teacher before being promoted in 1998 to Assistant Housemaster, and in 2003 to Housemaster in a boys’ boarding house. After almost 14 years at Christ’s Hospital, I was appointed as Senior Deputy Head at Worksop College, Nottinghamshire, where I spent the next seven years.
My passion is in ensuring that all pupils experience an educational experience that is truly their own. I see the success of what we offer to our pupils on many occasions, but, perhaps most significantly at the end of their school career: they are leaving not just a school, but a place where they have grown up together in every respect.
With a buoyant school roll, I am excited about the future ahead. Merchiston is an exceptional place and one which I am delighted to lead
I am a big fan of road cycling. I am very much the personification of the MAMIL – the middle aged man in lycra – and you will no doubt see me on occasion looking the part, gradually making my way down the drive in a vain attempt to stay fit and justify the purchase of my latest piece of expensive kit. I enjoy riding my bike, but I also enjoy the sport, its culture, its history and the science behind it.
I am a committed family-man - my wife, Bethan and our daughters, Emily and Matilda, have all been made to feel most welcome here in Castle Gates, and we have all settled in well to our beautiful surroundings.