Appointment of our founding Principal

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our founding Principal, Mr James Handscombe.

Mr Handscombe, who will take up his post full time in January 2014, joins us from a leading grammar school in south London. He has almost 15 years of experience in teaching and leadership roles and is one of a small group of experts asked by the Department for Education to develop the new maths curriculum for schools in England.  He has a first class honours degree from the University of Oxford and a Master’s degree from Harvard.

Mr Handscombe said:

“I am excited and honoured to be leading the Harris Westminster Sixth Form.  My aim for students is that, through two years of outstanding teaching, learning and personal development, our students will be ready not just to face the world but to change it.”

The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster and Chair of Governors of Harris Westminster Sixth Form and Westminster School, said:

“In Mr Handscombe, we have a Principal who embodies the qualities we will seek to develop in our pupils. Having been educated at a comprehensive school in Sheffield, he went on to study at both Oxford and Harvard. He joins us from a top grammar school and we know that his intelligence, enthusiasm and determination will be contagious and will inspire our students and staff.”

Sir Dan Moynihan, CEO of the Harris Federation said:

“I would like to warmly welcome Mr Handscombe to the Sixth Form.  We attracted a large number of very good candidates for the post, but Mr Handsombe stood out because of his experience, his drive and the rigour with which he will make sure students at the Sixth Form receive the very best educational, social and cultural opportunities.”