RSAcademics was privileged to assist the Mill Hill School Foundation in the appointment David Benson as new Head of Mill Hill School from January 2024. Senior Advisor Jo MacKenzie and her team at RSAcademics produced an incredibly strong field and David was an outstanding candidate.

David joins Mill Hill from the award-winning Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA), which he has led since September 2013. He replaces Jane Sanchez, who is moving to another role within The Mill Hill School Foundation. David was the founding Principal of KAA, which the Department for Education has placed in the top five per cent of schools in the country. As a result, David was named as one of the ten most influential people in education by the Times Education Supplement in 2018.

Educated at St. Paul’s, David qualified from the Teach First programme and is also a published author on educational issues, with one of his own publications on curriculum planning currently included on PGCE courses. He has previously written for the national media, highlighting the potential benefits of building on the current partnerships that exist between private and state schools.

Antony Spencer, Chief Executive Officer, Mill Hill Foundation, said:

“David’s passion for education was clear to see throughout the recruitment process. His success at Kensington Aldridge Academy speaks for itself, from the growth of the number of pupils and staff over his 10 years to the high achieving A-level grades and the number of pupils accepted into universities.”

David already has experience of the private sector, holding a current role as Governor of Latymer Upper School, where he has taken an active role in managing partnerships between the state and independent sector.