The Governors of the Abingdon Foundation have today announced the appointment of Mr Craig Williams as Headmaster of Abingdon Preparatory School – a leading independent school for boys aged 4 to 13. Mr Williams will take up the position in September 2017.
Commenting on the appointment, Adrian Burn, Chairman of the Governors, said: ‘I am delighted that Craig Williams will be joining us as the new Headmaster of Abingdon Prep School. Craig has the leadership skills and vision to build on the unique character and the significant success of Abingdon Prep, which plays a very important role within the Abingdon Foundation.’
Headmaster of Abingdon School, Michael Windsor, added: ‘We attracted a very strong field of applicants for this post, and in Craig we have found a candidate who has a superb understanding of prep school education and who will lead our Prep School with skill and verve.’
Craig was educated at Milbourne Lodge Preparatory School and Bradfield College, where he was an academic scholar. He graduated with a degree in Geography from St Edmund Hall, Oxford University. After completing his PGCE at Plymouth University he taught at Great Ballard Preparatory School and Taunton Preparatory School, where he led the Geography department and was a Housemaster. Since 2013 he has been the Senior Deputy Head at Thorngrove School. Craig is 41 years old and married to Hannah, who is also a teacher. He is an accomplished sportsman, who represented Oxford University at 2nd XI level at both cricket and football, and he continues to enjoy playing cricket. Other interests include golf, historical novels and Manchester United.
Speaking about his new position, Craig Williams said: ‘I am delighted and excited to have been given the opportunity to lead Abingdon Preparatory School. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting a number of the children and staff on my visit last week and I was hugely impressed by the friendly and purposeful atmosphere around the school. Abingdon Prep has a great reputation and I look forward to building on this over the next few years.’