Wolverhampton Grammar School appoints new Head

Wolverhampton Grammar School is delighted to announce that Alex Frazer has been appointed the 34th Head of the School since it was founded in 1512.

Alex will join the award winning, co-educational independent day school in September 2020, ahead of the 2020/21 academic year. Alex will join the School from Mill Hill School where he has been both Senior Deputy Head and Deputy Head (Academic). He has had a leading role in the growth and modernisation of this multicultural, co-educational school.  Previous posts have included roles at Hampton School, where he was Head of Modern Languages, and Trinity School, Croydon. Outside the classroom, Alex has longstanding experience in leading educational visits, taking cricket teams and supporting pupil participation in the arts. He also serves as a Governor of a girls’ state school in Mill Hill and is an Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) Inspector.

James Sage, the Chairman of Governors said of Alex’s appointment, “The Governors are delighted that Alex has accepted the appointment and I very much look forward to working with him.  His experience and collaborative approach to leadership were both contributing factors in his appointment.”

Alex succeeds Kathy Crewe-Read as Head of Wolverhampton Grammar School which is one of the oldest schools in the country. A national award winner, the School achieved an “Excellent” in all areas inspection report and continues to be the most successful independent school in the area.

Alex was educated in London and gained his undergraduate degree in Modern and Mediaeval Languages (French and German) at Cambridge University. A keen traveller, he also enjoys history, reading, cycling, skiing and the visual arts. He is married with four children.

Commenting on his appointment, Alex said, “It is a tremendous privilege to have been selected as the next Head of Wolverhampton Grammar School and I look forward to playing my part in delivering this remarkable School’s mission of delivering education that transforms lives as well as minds, rooted in the local community, committed to service and partnership.

I will champion the many strengths of the School, building on the strategic vision developed by the team, ensuring that the remarkable education delivered here is as accessible to as many pupils as possible.

The School is in an enviable position and I have received a very warm welcome in the time that I have spent in Wolverhampton and at the School so far. I feel privileged to be leading the award-winning Wolverhampton Grammar School over many years to come.”

Ahead of the move, Alex will be spending time at the School to meet the staff, parents and pupils in the Spring and Summer terms.

There will also be plenty of opportunities for parents and prospective parents to meet him at various events during 2020.

Kathy Crewe-Read, the current Head of School is stepping down in August 2020 after seven years, taking up the headship of another independent school, Bishop’s Stortford College in Hertfordshire, from September 2020.

Kathy said “It has been humbling to reflect on the privilege of being custodian of such a fine school, albeit for a small interval in its distinguished history. The School is thriving and I have every confidence that the School will be in safe hands with Mr Frazer’s exceptional background and desire for outstanding education.”

Parents of Wolverhampton Grammar School pupils have received a personal message from Mr James Sage, Chairman of Governors of Wolverhampton Grammar School with further details of this appointment.