Royal Alexandra & Albert School's New Headteacher Announced

The Governing Body of The Royal Alexandra and Albert School is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Morgan Thomas as the next Head of our school, taking up the post from September 2022. Emerging from a field of very strong candidates, Mr Thomas was the unanimous choice of the Governing Body. His leadership, energy and enthusiasm will spearhead the strategic development of our school towards its exciting future.

Mr Thomas is an experienced Head, currently Principal at The Littlehampton Academy in West Sussex, having joined there in January 2014 as Vice Principal, before accepting the post of Principal, in April 2016. Mr Thomas led the Academy from an Ofsted rating of “Inadequate” in 2013 through "Requires Improvement" to a grading of “Good” following an inspection in February 2022.

Having a keen interest in the natural world, Mr Thomas studied Geography at the University of London, before completing a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of Cambridge. During his career in education he has been a senior leader in various state schools for over fifteen years. Mr Thomas also played rugby for more than 20 years.

Mr John Billingham, Chair of Governors, says: “Mr Thomas made a very strong impression on all colleagues, pupils and Governors during the intensive selection process. We are confident that Mr Thomas’ leadership experience, academic credentials and inspirational future outlook willsuccessfully lead our school through its next phase of development. We look forward to Mr Thomas building upon the notable and significant work our interim Heads, Mr James Malley and Mr David Blow, have led during their tenure over the past two terms, and will continue to do so throughout the Summer term.”

Mr Thomas says: “I am excited to be joining a school with such enormous potential. Despite a rigorous selection process, I was struck by the warmth of the staff and students during that time. The solicitous attitude of the colleagues I met, along with the clear passion students felt for their school, were decisive factors in my decision to accept the post. I am very much looking forward to contributing to the next phase of development at RAAS.”

Mr Thomas will begin his preparation for our Headship during the summer term by way of a strong handover programme with current Interim Head, Mr James Malley, to prepare for a smooth transition.

We very much look forward to welcoming Mr Thomas and his family to our Gatton community in September and wish him a happy and successful career at our school.

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