New Head appointed

New Head appointed

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed a uniquely talented and inspirational new Head to lead Cheltenham College through its next chapter; Mrs Nicola Huggett is currently Head of Blundell’s School in Devon and will take up post in September 2018.

Mrs Huggett said, “I am delighted to have been selected to lead Cheltenham College in the next phase of its development, building on the excellent work and strong foundations laid by Dr Alex Peterken. I know it will be a privilege to work alongside the outstanding team of staff at College and the Prep, and I look forward very much to meeting with parents, guardians, pupils and Old Cheltonians in due course.”

Educated at Marlborough College, Mrs Huggett went on to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University. After successfully completing a graduate management scheme in advertising with J Walter Thompson Ltd, she returned to Oxford to complete a PGCE in History and began teaching in 1994.

From 1996 to 2007, Mrs Huggett taught Politics and History at Haileybury, working closely with Old Cheltonian Danny Hearn as her Head of Department. She became a Housemistress in 1999 and Head of Boarding in 2005. In 2007, Mrs Huggett was appointed as Deputy Headmistress of Downe House School in Berkshire, where she remained until her appointment to Blundell’s in 2013.  Blundell’s, founded in 1604, is a co-educational preparatory and senior school for pupils from 3-18.

Mrs Huggett has many interests including music and sport. A keen runner, she has completed the London Marathon and has enjoyed playing Club Hockey. She is married to Spencer who works as Head of Client Services for an automotive software development business. They have four children – two boys and two girls - including 13-year-old twins. Mrs Huggett's eldest daughter is reading Anthropology at Manchester University, whilst her eldest son has just completed his GCSEs.

Mrs Huggett will take up the Headship in September 2018, following Dr Alex Peterken’s departure at Christmas. Mr Crispin Dawson (Senior Deputy Head) has been appointed Acting Head, and will lead College during this interval.

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