Headmaster of The King's School, Worcester dies suddenly

August 12 2019
Headmaster of The King's School, Worcester dies suddenly

The Headmaster of The King’s School, Worcester has died suddenly.

Matthew Armstrong passed away on Sunday morning after suffering a pulmonary embolism.

Hugh Carslake, Chair of Governors, said: “We will pay tribute to Matthew’s exceptional contribution to the vibrancy and success of the Foundation and its community in due course. In the meantime our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Kate, his parents and family.

“Matthew’s visionary leadership has left the school in a strong position and the governors are confident that Jon Ricketts, the current Senior Deputy and Acting Headmaster, will take the school forward, building on Matthew’s legacy.

“Further announcements will be made as details of arrangements are put in place.  Please be assured that we will do all we can to support the school community during this difficult time.”

Mr Ricketts added: “The whole school community has been deeply shocked and saddened by this tragic news. Matthew was a passionate and visionary headmaster and was well respected by pupils, parents and his colleagues.

“We are all working to support each other, the wider King’s community and Matthew’s family through this sad time.

“A book of condolences will be available in the senior school reception and we would welcome any thoughts or messages to be shared there.”

Mr Armstrong had been Headmaster at The King’s School, Worcester for five years.

He joined from Charterhouse School, where he was Assistant Headmaster for 10 years.

Before that, he taught at Winchester College, having previously worked for McKinsey & Co.

In November 2018, The King’s School was announced in The Sunday Times Parent Power Survey as one of the top 150 performing independent secondary schools in the country (ranking 124th and being placed 7th in the West Midlands top 20).