Royal Hospital School appoints new Head

Following an extensive search for a new Head at Royal Hospital School (RHS), it has been announced that Irfan Latif, who since 2018 has been Principal at DLD College London, based in Westminster will become the 11th Head of the School. Irfan joins RHS on 1st September 2024.

Irfan’s senior experience as an education leader with 25 years in teaching, and over 15 years as a Deputy Head and Head, in leading HMC and BSA UK boarding and day schools, made him an outstanding candidate. Prior to taking up the Headship at DLD, Irfan was Headmaster at Sexey’s School in Bruton, Somerset, and Deputy Head at Bedford School. Educated at Emanuel School in London, he graduated with honours in Chemistry from King’s College, University of London, where he also studied for his PGCE and is currently completing a Masters in Educational Leadership at the University of Buckingham.

Under his dynamic leadership, DLD College London has been transformed into a multi-award-winning co-educational, boarding and day school for ages 13-18, with huge improvements to many different aspects of the school. This includes pastoral care and wellbeing support, high academic standards and the growth and development of a stronger co-curricular programme. DLD’s clear emphasis on innovation, top quality teaching and learning, with an uncompromising focus on safeguarding and active learning, deeply rooted in a strong school ethos with inclusive values, are attributes strongly aligned to those at RHS.

Irfan has a proven track record as a team leader on a local and national level. He is able to build on success, drive innovation, and inspire and engage across the whole school community. He has also developed powerful partnerships and networks beyond the school gates. The Governors believe these qualities will allow RHS to look to the future with confidence.

Welcome from Irfan Latif:

“It’s an honour to have been appointed the 11th Headmaster of the Royal Hospital School in Suffolk. With its rich heritage and commitment to excellence, this prestigious institution has long stood as a beacon of outstanding education and character development in the East of England.

“The school’s unique 300-year-old history instils in us a spirit of resilience, respect, and integrity and these values will continue to guide us as we embrace the challenges and opportunities of the future. Together, we will foster a culture of innovation and inclusivity, ensuring that RHS remains at the forefront of holistic education, with continued academic excellence in the classroom and all-round success in sport, music, art and drama.

“I am keen to work collaboratively with the school, Greenwich Hospital, parents, and our wider community to build on the outstanding work of the current Headmaster Simon Lockyer, to nurture a generation of learners who are not only academically accomplished and creative but also kind, confident, and ready to contribute positively to a rapidly changing world.

Thank you for entrusting me with this great responsibility. Jo, our two daughters and I are looking forward to moving to Suffolk over the summer and a future filled with growth, and shared success at RHS.”

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