The appointment from September 2024 of William Goldsmith as Headmaster of Packwood Haugh, one of the Shrewsbury School family of schools, has been announced by Mr Leo Winkley, Head of Shrewsbury School. Mr Winkley said: “Following a search led by recruitment experts RSAcademics, William emerged as the outstanding candidate from a strong field of school leaders from across the world.” The RSAcademics search team was headed by Charlotte Faber and Angela Short.

William has been Headmaster of St George’s School, Windsor, since January 2019.  He was previously Head of Junior School at St Leonard’s School, Fife and before that he was Head of Boarding at Highfield School in Hampshire.  Prior to his move to senior leadership in Prep Schools, he was Director of Music at Ludgrove School and then St Paul’s Cathedral School.  William has extensive experience of the Prep School sector and has served as a Governor in several schools.  He was Vice Chair of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS) in 2020-2021, sits on the BSA Institute of Boarding Executive Committee and is the IAPS representative on the Independent Schools Examination Board.  Educated at Radley College and the University of Durham, he has an MSc in Learning and Teaching from the University of Oxford.

William comments: “Catherine, Arthur, Patrick, Hamish and I are so excited to be joining the Packwood community in September 2024. We were immediately struck by the ‘Packwood Way’ at the start of the recruitment process and seeing it in action across all areas of school life during our two visits to the school cemented our belief that this is a very special school.”

RSAcademics are delighted with this appointment and are confident that William, Catherine and the boys will be very happy and successful at Packwood Haugh.