Stonyhurst head to take over at St Benedict's

Andrew Johnson will leave Stonyhurst College in 2016 to take over as the Headmaster of St Benedict's School in Ealing.

Andrew Johnson, the Headmaster of Stonyhurst College for the past nine years, has been appointed as Headmaster of St Benedict's School in Ealing, West London. He will succeed Chris Cleugh who is retiring after nearly 15 years from 1 September 2016.

Pat Murphy-O’Connor, the Chairman of the Governing Board at St Benedict’s, described the appointment of Mr Johnson as “a major coup for St Benedict's”.  He said the school was very excited to have Mr Johnson join them and looked forward to him continuing the legacy of Mr Cleugh.

Getting the best out of pupils

“During his time at Stonyhurst, Andrew has achieved a great deal particularly around academia and the co-curricular,” he said. “He is an excellent communicator and is very focused on getting the best out of every pupil. He has extensive experience in strategic planning and marketing and has demonstrated the drive and passion necessary to get things done. This is a new era for the School and I am sure that I speak for all of us in offering Andrew and his wife Dawn our best wishes and prayers.”

Andrew Johnson attended Skinners School in Tunbridge Wells before studying Modern Languages at Bristol University. He started his teaching career at Douai School near Reading then moved to Winchester College as a teacher and later as Head of Modern Languages. He joined Birkdale School in Sheffield in September 2002 as Deputy Head before being appointed as Headmaster of Stonyhurst College in September 2006. Andrew and Dawn have two sons who will have started their University studies by the time they join St Benedict’s.