Bristol Grammar School welcomes new Headmaster

August 24 2018
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Bristol Grammar School is delighted to be welcoming new Headmaster, Jaideep Barot, to the School this September.

 Mr Barot joins BGS from Marlborough College where he was a Deputy Head, and he succeeds Rod MacKinnon who retired in August after ten years as Headmaster at BGS.

Asked what attracted him to Bristol Grammar School, Mr Barot said: “It’s one of the best schools in the country. It’s as simple as that.

“BGS provides a very similar education to the one I had at The Manchester Grammar School, one that I really enjoyed and got a lot from. I’m delighted to be the Headmaster of a school I really respect, and where the students have such an impressive range of opportunities. That’s what I’m passionate about and that’s why I’m here.”

He’s also looking forward to life in Bristol, a place he knows well as his wife grew up here. “Whenever people hear that I’m going to work in Bristol, their first reaction is “Wow, Bristol is such a great place to live.” Bristol has its own vibe, its own self-confidence, a real sense of history and place.”

And what are his ambitions for Bristol Grammar School? 

“I know I’m coming to an outstanding school that adds great value to the very happy and successful young people coming out of it. So it’s a watching brief at first: I’ll talk to the students, staff, parents and alumni to see what works well and what, perhaps, we could improve, and then we can decide what we need to do. I’m certainly not coming here with a big plan to change everything from the off. 

“The most important thing is that the children are happy and look forward to school, feeling that it’s a place where they can be themselves. Unless we get that right, then trying to help them to achieve top grades or sporting honours or accolades for dramatic performance or the like, just isn’t going to work. If we can crack that, then we’ve done our job.” 

To find out more about life at Bristol Grammar School, join them at their Open Evening on Friday 5 October from 4.00pm–8.00pm.