Edward (Ed) Gregory, the former headteacher of Bishop Henderson, Church of England Primary School in Taunton, has been appointed as the new Director of Education for the Diocese of Bath and Wells.
Ed has worked in education for 28 years. He has worked at one first school and four primary schools in Somerset, one of them twice – once as an NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) and latterly as headteacher. In the past 19 years, Ed has held three headships; for a rural Community School of 60 pupils, a Church of England VC Primary of 230 children and currently at Bishop Henderson, a school of 429 children near the centre of Taunton.
Says Tony Blackshaw, Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education, “We are delighted that the Bishop has appointed Ed Gregory as our new Director of Education. He has a strong commitment to the education of children and young people in the context of the Christian Distinctiveness that Church of England schools offer. He comes to us from a school with an outstanding grading in the Church School inspection process and we look forward to working with him in these exciting and challenging times.”
A practising Christian, Ed has represented church schools on Somerset’s Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) and been a member of the Diocesan Board of Education (School Effectiveness) for three years. Ed is currently training as a SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) Inspector, has previously been involved in the delivery of number of national programmes, a Local Leader of Education and also chaired the Taunton Learning Partnership.
Commenting on his appointment, Ed says, “‘I am delighted by this wonderful opportunity to join the Diocese of Bath and Wells staff team, to be living and telling our Christian story as Director of Education.
“I feel tremendously humbled by the privilege of leading our excellent Education Department; representing our fantastic family of schools and our wider work with young people and families in and through our churches. In our schools, in our churches, through the work of the Go Team and chaplaincy we have opportunity and responsibility, together, to secure the very best for every child and young person in our diocese.
“I know how important positive, early, influences are on our lives. At my primary school I learned the words of the Lord’s Prayer. I returned to these words in my early twenties and this simple beginning became the start of my own walk of Christian faith. I have, ever since, sought to live and tell the story of God’s love throughout my twenty eight years of work in education.
“Coming in to the diocesan family at a time of positive developments locally and nationally is tremendously exciting. Amidst times of change and challenge there are many opportunities to achieve the very best for our children and young people. I look forward to working with you and with our talented team in the Education Department to build on from great work that is already in place or that is just emerging.”