New head at the helm of Penrith Grammar School

Date: Friday 25th September 2015
New headteacher Paul Buckland is settling into life at Penrith’s Queen Elizabeth Grammar School.
New headteacher Paul Buckland is settling into life at Penrith’s Queen Elizabeth Grammar School.

NEW headteacher Paul Buckland (right) is settling into life at Penrith’s Queen Elizabeth Grammar School.

The father-of-three has taken over at the school from retiring headteacher Chris Kirkup, who left at the start of the summer holidays.

Mr. Buckland took up his post on 1st September after 11 years at Halifax Grammar School, where he was deputy head.

Prior to that, he worked in a boarding school and three comprehensives in North Yorkshire and Leeds.

He is a product of the grammar school system, having been educated at his home town grammar school in Eastbourne, East Sussex.

He studied English literature for his degree and also has an MA in modern English language from Leeds University. He originally trained as an English and PE teacher before taking more senior roles in English departments and then moving into senior management roles.

He has three children, aged 18, 16 and 13, and has been involved in coaching junior sport as well as serving as a governor of a primary school for a number of years.

He enjoys watching sport, having retired from rugby union. He also likes gardening, reading and walking with his dog.

His key ethos is “putting our students first”. The school said he plans to maintain and build on the “outstanding” achievements of his predecessor Mr. Kirkup in making QEGS a successful school.

He is particularly interested in working with parents and students to ensure pupils achieve their full potential academically but also in terms of personal development.

“QEGS is about providing a 21st Century education while instilling traditional values for every student,” said Mr. Buckland.