Mr Melvyn Roffe, currently Principal of Wymondham College in Norfolk, will become Principal of George Watson's College on the retirement of Gareth Edwards in August 2014.
Melvyn Roffe was educated at The Noel-Baker School in Derby and the University of York where he graduated in English and Related Literature in 1985. After teacher training at the University of Durham, he was appointed as a Teacher of English and Drama at Oundle School. He moved to Monmouth School in South Wales in 1993 as Head of English and was subsequently promoted to the post of Director of Studies and Second Deputy Head.
In 2001, he returned to England as Headmaster of Old Swinford Hospital in the West Midlands. He took up his current position as Principal of Wymondham College in 2007. The College, which is fully co-educational, is the largest state funded boarding school in England and enjoys a reputation that draws students from around the UK and across the world.
He was Chairman of the Boarding Schools’ Association in 2008-09. Amongst his experiences outside education has been time spent as an election observer in Romania and service as a Lay Trustee of the College of Optometrists. He was appointed an Honorary Life Fellow of the College (HonFCOpt) in 2009 for services to the public understanding of optometry.
Melvyn Roffe is married to Catherine Stratford who is Head of History at Thetford Grammar School. They have two children. Grace (19) is reading History and Politics at Wadham College, Oxford and Edmund (17) is studying for his A levels at Wymondham College.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Roffe said, “I am both honoured and humbled to have been appointed to follow Gareth Edwards as Principal of George Watson’s College. Watson’s is a great school with a very special spirit. I shall relish the opportunity of leading such a wonderful community and ensuring that the School’s future is every bit as successful as its distinguished past.”
Mr Alan Hartley, Chairman of Governors, commented, “In Melvyn Roffe we have an outstanding professional who has proven experience as a Principal, with considerable breadth of experience in both the state and independent sectors. He has the vision and vigour to keep Watson’s at the forefront of educational standards in Scotland. Watson’s can face the future challenges and opportunities with confidence”.