Mowden Hall School

Leading Co-Educational Independent Prep School For Children aged 3-13 Years

Announcement: Appointment of New Head

Announcement: Appointment of New Head

21st June 2024 

Appointment of New Head

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Phil Sturt as the next Head of Mowden Hall, commencing January 1st, 2025. Mr. Sturt will succeed Mrs. Kate Martin, who will be departing at the end of the year.

Mr. Sturt brings a wealth of experience and passion for education to Mowden Hall.  He joined us in 2022 from Durham School, where he served with distinction for eleven years as Senior Housemaster, Science teacher, and leader of both the CCF and Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.  

Prior to his teaching career, Mr. Sturt served in the British Army, including an operational tour to Afghanistan with 39th Regiment, Royal Artillery. Mr. Sturt and his wife, Jill, a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in Gateshead, are already part of the Mowden Hall family with their two children, Isabelle and William, thriving in Years 3 and 1 respectively. This firsthand experience will undoubtedly contribute to Mr. Sturt's understanding of the school community and his commitment to its continued success.

Since joining Mowden Hall in 2022 as Assistant Head (Pastoral), Mr. Sturt has made a significant impact, implementing positive changes to the pastoral care system and prioritising student wellbeing.  The Trustees were particularly impressed with his insightful vision for the school's future, combined with his energetic leadership and genuine enthusiasm for Mowden Hall.

We are confident that Mr. Sturt's leadership will propel Mowden Hall to even greater heights. and we are looking forward to this next chapter.

In the meantime, Mrs. Kate Martin will continue her outstanding leadership throughout the term.  Both Mrs. Martin and Mr. Sturt are committed to ensuring a smooth and seamless transition at the end of the year.