King William’s College And The Buchan School To Welcome New Principal In September

Posted: 30th March 2023

King William’s College and The Buchan School are delighted to announce there will be a new Principal in office from September this year.

Damian Henderson MA (Cantab.) will be taking up the reins in September, relocating to the Isle of Man with his wife Caroline and their three children, Chloe, Theodore and Madeleine.

Chairman of Governors Peter Clucas said: “The recruitment process has been thorough and rigorous, attracting interest from a large number of candidates from across the globe. The selection process came to its conclusion in March and I am delighted that Damian has agreed to take up the post from this September. He was the outstanding candidate in a strong field of final applicants and is keen to take on the challenges of leading our school.  Damian will join us as we continue to improve the quality of education at King William’s College and The Buchan School.  I know that Damian shares my passion for high educational standards and a life enhancing extracurricular programme, and his vision for the school will be at the centre of our next Development Plan.  We look forward to welcoming Damian and his family into our community and I wish him every success for the future.”

Damian has an impressive academic and teaching record. Following his time at Cambridge University, he joined Eton College in 2001 to teach, in his words, “the two R’s” – Russian and rugby. Damian moved to Cranleigh School in Surrey in 2010 to become Assistant Director of Studies and Head of Modern Languages and then to The Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge in the role of IB Co-ordinator. Damian has spent the last eight years as Deputy Head (Academic) at Taunton School in Somerset.

Damian said: “My family and I are thrilled to be joining King William’s College and The Buchan School. We were blown away both by the Isle of Man itself, and by the school. Everyone we met, from students to teachers and support staff, were so friendly, open and genuine, and painted such a warm picture of island and community life, that we can’t wait to join this amazing 200-year-old institution.”

The change in leadership for the school is announced following the decision last year by current Principal Joss Buchanan that he will retire at the end of this summer.

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