The Chairman and Council of University College School (UCS) have today announced the appointment of Mr Mark Beard, currently Deputy Headmaster at Brighton College, to succeed Mr Kenneth Durham as Headmaster of UCS when he retires in September 2013.
Mr Beard, 41, has been at Brighton College since 2006. Having studied Chemistry at Corpus Christi College, Oxford (graduating with a first class honours degree), he started his teaching career at King Edward's Birmingham and was then Head of Chemistry at St Paul’s School. He has also obtained a Masters Degree in Education Management from King’s College London. He is married with two young sons.
Commenting on the appointment, UCS Council Chairman Sir Brian Leveson said “I am delighted that we have appointed someone of such calibre and potential to succeed Kenneth Durham who was also a similar age when he started at UCS. We carried out an extensive search process and everyone who met Mark Beard has been impressed by his track record of success, his values and his vision for UCS. We are sure he will be a great successor to Kenneth to whom UCS owes so much for all that he has achieved over the last 17 years.”
Kenneth Durham said “It will be a pleasure to hand over the reins to Mark Beard next year as all that I know of him professionally and personally indicates that he will do a fine job at UCS. I am sure that he fully understands the ethos of the school and I have no doubt that he is very well placed to lead the school in the coming years. I am looking forward to working with him in the important transition period. I will be sad to retire after such a wonderful time at the school but I know it will be in good hands.”
Mark Beard added “It is a privilege to have been appointed by the Council of UCS to succeed Kenneth Durham who has led the school so impressively over so many years. UCS is a great school with a track record of academic success within a liberal ethos and I firmly intend to build on that tradition. I am looking forward to meeting the staff, parents and pupils over the coming months and to taking up the role in September next year.”