Meet the Headmaster

Richard Murray joined St. James’ from Windsor School, The Bahamas.

Richard’s teaching career spans over two decades; beginning in state boarding education, it then features long spells at both Rugby and Harrow where Richard held numerous positions, including Head of Statistics, Organisation Master, and Housemaster. Richard’s next move was to Whitgift School, Croydon, where he successfully led the introduction of boarding before his subsequent move out to The Bahamas.
Richard’s commitment to a holistic and broad education is borne out through his involvement in many different areas of school life: rugby, swimming, golf, CCF, and Duke of Edinburgh, where Richard led white-water kayaking expeditions to the Southern French Alps. He is a fanatical golfer, plays Chess, Bridge, and once upon a time performed for HRH Queen Elizabeth II in the Royal Albert Hall. Richard is a passionate chef and is looking forward to involving himself in cookery classes, where he hopes to bring Italian cuisine, along with his wood fired pizza oven, to St. James’.
Richard, having been educated at the University of Leeds, is no stranger to Northern England. Whilst at University, as an Olympic trialist swimmer, he trained with the City of Leeds Swimming Club, competing in events for them throughout the country.
Richard and his family live on the School campus, to ensure that he is able to work closely and support the boarding staff during the weekends. Richard is married to Lowri, a qualified FE teacher and experienced primary school TA, and they have triplet daughters: Eleri, Nia, and Addien, who are in Year 7 at St. James’.