Mike Buchanan has been the Head of Ashford School since 2005. Mike started at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford where he taught physics, helped to introduce Design Technology and lead the Combined Cadet Force, was the forwards coach of the 1st XV rugby and ran the Sixth Form. From there he moved to be the Principal Deputy Head at Highgate School, London where he oversaw the day to day work of the school and laid the foundations for coeducation. Part of his work was in staff development. During a year’s sabbatical in 2004/5, he worked on the Academies programme in London and helped, in a small way, to establish two new Academies: the St Mary Magdelene Academy in Islington and the Chelsea Academy in Chelsea.
He is currently Head of Ashford School, an all-through, co-ed, day/boarding school. During his years at the school, he has introduced coeducation, redeveloped many of the facilities of the school including boarding, the Prep School, the Sports and Learning Centres and brought together the Development Office and Alumni Association. The number of children in the school has grown from ~500 to over 1,000. Ashford School was selected as the Independent School of the Year in 2010/11 and shortlisted for the same award several times since. Ashford School is one of only four independent National Teaching Schools and is a key element in the United Learning Teaching School Alliance. Mike is a National Leader of Education and Chair of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference in 2016/17.
As you can see, Mike Buchanan has extensive experience in secondary education, all-through schools and boarding. Mike’s particular areas of experience include strategy, governance, operations, planning, people, health & safety, finance, teaching, learning and IT. He is a Governor of several schools, a trustee of a children’s charity, a Reporting Inspector and has recently moved into part-time farming.