Swanbourne House School, the independent day and boarding prep school just outside Milton Keynes, is celebrating the appointment of new Head, Nick Holloway.
Nick, who will begin his role with the School in September 2023, said:
“It is a great privilege to have been asked to lead Swanbourne House. I am incredibly honoured to be the next Head and my wife Emily and I are excited about joining the vibrant school community.”
Nick was educated at Canford School and Newcastle University where he read Archaeology. Before moving into teaching, he worked for HBOS PLC (subsequently part of Lloyds Banking Group), based in London and Edinburgh. After 12 years in finance, he changed career and joined Cothill House in Oxfordshire in 2013 and immediately found his vocation. During his four years at Cothill, he was Head of Science and heavily involved in boarding, sports and outdoor education.
In 2017, Nick moved to take up the position of Deputy Head Pastoral at Brambletye School in Sussex and was promoted to Deputy Head in 2020. He works across all operational and strategic aspects of the school. He has also been a Governor of Canford School for the last five years. He is a keen sportsman, particularly hockey and tennis, and an outdoors enthusiast who enjoys mountaineering and sea kayaking.
“I look forward to working closely with the staff, pupils and parents to promote and enhance the values and the ethos of the school and further develop the educational experience of the pupils. Prep schools are amazing places and I am committed to developing the exceptional all-round education offered at Swanbourne House.”
Nick will be working closely with the Swanbourne team over the next two terms, before joining the school. Until September, Swanbourne will continue to be led by Simone Mitchell, Deputy Head and Acting Head.
Dr Anthony Wallersteiner, Head of The Stowe Group, said:
“I am delighted to welcome Nick and Emily into The Stowe Group of Schools. We had a very strong field of candidates for the role of Head of Swanbourne and Nick impressed the selection panel with the clarity of his strategy and vision. He has acquired a wealth of educational and managerial experience from Brambletye and Cothill and can draw on his previous career in finance. Nick is committed to building on the many existing strengths of Swanbourne. I am confident that Swanbourne will continue to flourish and thrive with Nick’s leadership, and I am looking forward to working with him over the coming years.”
Swanbourne House is an independent day and boarding school set in 55 acres of Buckinghamshire countryside, a short drive from central Milton Keynes. Last year, the school joined with Stowe and Winchester House to form The Stowe Group of Schools.
Membership of The Stowe Group gives Swanbourne House pupils access to a combined site of over 800 acres with unrivalled educational and co-curricular facilities. These include Stowe’s Worsley Science Centre, the Roxburgh Theatre, the Chung Music School, state-of-the-art gym, eight lane athletics track, Equestrian Centre, six lane competition swimming pool, clay pigeon shooting range and golf course.