School rugby captain returns as new Woodhouse Grove head

James Lockwood intends to make Woodhouse Grove 'the best version of itself it can be'.
James Lockwood intends to make Woodhouse Grove 'the best version of itself it can be'.
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MORE than two decades after leaving the halls of Woodhouse Grove School, former pupil James Lockwood is set to return as the headmaster.

He replaces David Humphreys, who led the independent school in Apperley Bridge, for 19 years.

Mr Lockwood, who attended the school from 1986 to 1992, has spoken of his excitement at taking on the role, which will start in January next year.

“Woodhouse Grove made me the best version of myself that I could be. Now I want to make Woodhouse Grove the best version of itself it can be,” he said.

The school is co-ed, with both day and boarding pupils.

The father-­of-­two was a boarder himself as well as being head prefect and rugby captain in his final year.

He said: “If my students get half out of the school as what I got, then that will be a job well done.”

Mr Lockwood, 41, has praised the ethos of the school, adding that “heartbeat of the school will be the same” as it was in his school days.

He intends to be a presence at the school before his takeover to provide a smooth transition for students.

He is currently heading the Royal Hospital School in Suffolk. He said: “I’ve never worked in Yorkshire before, so I’m looking forward to that and also to be returning North.

“My children are also very excited to be nearer their cousins,” he added.

Alan Wintersgill, chairman of governors at Woodhouse Grove School, said: “My fellow governors and I are excited at the prospect of the new and dynamic leadership James Lockwood will bring to the whole school community.

“He has all the experience, ambition and vision to take the school forward.”