THE headmaster at Oswestry School is set to take on a new job at Queen’s College in Taunton next year.

Julian Noad has been appointed as headmaster of the prestigious college after spending seven years at Oswestry School.

He is set to take over from current headmaster at Queen’s, Dr Lorraine Earps, no later than January 2022.

Mr Noad said he was honoured, excited, and delighted to be invited to be the next Head of Queen’s College.

He added: “I very much look forward to getting to know everyone and working with pupils, staff, parents and governors to embed a vision for outstanding education, rich experience, and individual care.”

Prior to joining Oswestry, he was Deputy Head of Rydal Penrhos – like Queen’s, a member of the Methodist Independent Schools Trust (MIST).

He also spent 12 years at Clifton College, Bristol, including six as a Housemaster.

Married with two children who are both at university, Mr Noad has a lifelong passion for sailing including yacht racing.

Mark Edwards, chair of governors at Queen’s College, is looking forward to welcoming Mr Noad to the college.

He said: “The board of governors have a clear vision for our school and its future, focused on a blend of academic, sporting and the creative and performing arts, sitting alongside strong individually-tailored pastoral support for the wellbeing of our whole community.

“We offer a true education for life, an ethos which is shared by Julian and we truly look forward to welcoming him to our school so we can continue to strengthen that vision.”