New head says role is ‘excellent challenge’

Richard Taylor-West, new head at Shoreham College
Richard Taylor-West, new head at Shoreham College

PARENTS have posed challenging questions to the new headmaster at Shoreham College.

Richard Taylor-West takes over the role in January but has already hosted a standing reception, where parents were invited to meet him at the coeducational day school which provides an all-round education for three to 16-year-olds in St Julian’s Lane.

“Meeting parents was excellent,” he said. “Many of them asked me challenging questions, quite rightly, which gave me a flavour for their hopes and aspirations.

“What impressed me was their commitment to the college and its community. Their commitment is key to their children’s futures.”

Mr Taylor-West is currently the deputy headmaster at Hurstpierpoint College, a post he has held for the past nine years. Prior to that, he was head of English for four years.

He has been at the heart of many developments at the college and is experienced in all aspects of school leadership.

He has a comprehensive interest in education, pastoral care and staff management and his qualifications include an MA from Sussex University and a BA from King’s College, as well as a diploma in theology, the AKC.

Shoreham College’s governors said the rigorous appointment process had involved a strong field of applicants but Mr Taylor-West was easily the best candidate at interview.

“We believe he will prove to be an excellent head. It was clear from his talk that Mr Taylor-West has already developed a great love and passion for our school, and we have no doubt that he is the best man to take us forward to even better and greater things.”

Mr Taylor-West is married with two daughters. He enjoys the outdoors and has many interests, including boating, the sea, angling and walking.

He was a successful sportsman, playing two seasons for Portsmouth City Football Club as a teenager, and enjoys following major sporting competitions.

Mr Taylor-West said the new role would be ‘an excellent challenge’ and he hoped it would be the start of a new phase of growth and development at the college, in St Julian’s Lane.

“It is time for me to take on new projects and challenge myself,” he added.

His other passion is for writing and he is currently working on film scripts with Bigview Media.