Introducing Rupert Heathcote

The QEH community was delighted to welcome Rupert Heathcote as the new Headmaster of the School, from Easter 2020.

Rupert Heathcote
Rupert Heathcote, Headmaster of QEH from Easter 2020

Reflecting on his appointment, Mr Heathcote said, "I'm enormously excited to be appointed Head of such a vibrant and confident school, which champions the development of strong personal values and qualities ,whilst also being academically ambitious for all pupils.  I am  hugely looking forward to joining the school and working with all in the school community and beyond to build on the school's success."

Quick Fire Quiz

Cat or Dog?

Both - and pigs and chickens

Sun or snow?

Both – often simultaneously on a Scottish summer holiday. My wife’s family is from a (very) small island on the west coast of Scotland – Isle of Muck – and we holiday there every year. It is Idyllic, but the weather can be mixed… A week sailing round the islands off the west coast of Scotland is my ideal holiday. We lived in Edinburgh for nearly 15 years when I was teaching at Fettes College and Merchiston Castle School.

What is your favourite band?

Oasis – Knebworth – I was there… Acquiesce / Supersonic / Champagne Supernova

What is your favourite movie?

Top Gun…

TV show

River Cottage - the original series. I’d love a self-sufficient small-holding in Dorset...

An epic feast is held in your honour, what’s on the table?

Anything as long as it is home grown, reared, cured, caught, brewed or infused.

Who is your hero?

Bear Grylls, Hugh Fernley Whittenstall

What was the last photo you took?

I snap away a lot on my phone - but never get round to getting printing them off, so worry all my best photos could somehow disappear into the ether! Maybe a New Year’s Resolution to print more photos… as well as posting on Twitter and Strava

Two feet or two wheels?

I run whenever I can - I have done the London Marathon 3 times - but I particularly enjoy running off road - ideally in the hills. I also cycle when I can - but not as much as I’d like. I enjoy the occasional ‘sportive’ when time allows. We are all looking forward to getting into the Bristol cycling ‘scene’

What is your signature dish?

Sourdough bread, home brewed cider and beer, damson gin…

What was your favourite childhood book?

Any of the Swallows and Amazons books - Arthur Ransome

What was the last song you sang along to?

P Diddy, Faith Evans and Sting - I’ll be missing you. A poignant song for me. Shiver down the spine stuff.

What is the funniest thing you’ve seen a child do?

Goodness knows - almost every interaction with a child, even ones which can be challenging,  seem to include a ‘laugh out loud’ moment. As every teacher knows, this is the most wonderful part of our job

Who was your favourite teacher at school and why?

Mr Martyn Garrod – Geography teacher and rugby coach at Monkton Combe School. Inspired my love for geography as a subject and a wonderful school master. When my father died when I was 13, I distinctly remember him chatting to me about what I was going through as we walked down to rugby practice. These little things make a huge difference.