Mr Wallace Wins Headship

Academic

Our congratulations to Mr Wallace, who will be taking up new duties and responsibilities as Head of Lincoln Minster School in September. Like KGS, LMS is co-educational and independent, but unlike KGS it has some boarders and takes pupils as young as two. Mr Wallace joined KGS from Caterham in January 2010 as Principal Deputy Head, a position he has filled with great distinction, impressing all with his quiet composure and authority, his deep concern for pupils and staff and his incisive but even-handed administration of the myriad tasks of a fully committed Deputy Head. He has also been a stalwart of the sporting life of the School, especially the hockey, and will be long remembered, amongst so much else, for being the driving force behind the 48-hour hockey marathon that drove the fund-raising for the Ditton Field refurbishment last year and secured for the School a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Mr Wallace’s new school manages both to be a new foundation and steeped in History. Formed in 1996 by the merger of Lincoln Cathedral School and two others, and enlarged even more recently by the addition of a prep school, LMS enjoys modern, purpose-built accommodation but also maintains its historic link with the cathedral and continues to act as its choir school. Music is very much at the heart of the school, and its students and alumni can boast some very impressive achievements in this field. Indeed, Mr Wallace was, he says, heartily relieved that the interview process did not include a singing audition! But there is more to the place than music, with sporting success in some unusual fields. The U15 girls are National Champions in Squash, and the girls boast some top performers in rugby and cricket, too. One Year 11 pupil is a member of the GB Youth Bobsleigh Team (a bronze medal winner in the new monobob event), and one of their recent alumni is even an award-winning racing driver! They play hockey as well, and Mr Wallace will no doubt be looking to build on the school’s burgeoning achievements. They laid their first astro just a year ago, and the U16 boys have already become Lincolnshire champions. They have a little way to go before they can match the KGS record, but the first steps have been taken, and Mr Wallace will be relishing the prospect of our meeting some day and of his new school getting the better of his old.

Mr Wallace will leave a huge hole at KGS and be a very tough act to follow, but while we will miss him and his family, we wish him, Cathriona and Zach (when he eventually ups sticks and leaves) well in their new home. There is an excellent tea shop selling a superb range of loose leaf teas, including some of the rarest of imperial whites from China, which I am sure will attract Mr Wallace's attention, though the equally impressive range of grilled cheese sandwiches on offer at the neighbouring café may not appeal quite so much.