We are delighted to announce the appointment of Tom Arrand as the new Principal to lead Padworth College through the next exciting chapter of its journey. Tom will take up his post in September 2018, following John Aguilar’s retirement this summer.

Tom is currently Acting Head at Monmouth School for Girls where he has also been Deputy Head since 2009. Following in the footsteps of our founder whose vision was to bring Oxford’s educational philosophy of tutorial teaching to school-level education, Tom is also a graduate of the University of Oxford. He is passionate about Padworth’s unique approach to education and is a firm believer in the value of celebrating individuality and embracing global citizenship. “Padworth is a wonderful community and I can’t wait to be a part of it”, says Tom Arrand.

John Aguilar says, “The school is very fortunate to have an educationalist of Tom’s calibre at the helm. Without doubt I shall miss Padworth and its distinctive spirit. Padworth is a very unique place of learning and I shall treasure fond memories of my time here. It has been a great journey! I am delighted for Tom and his family and wish him every success for the future.”

We thank John Aguilar for his work and achievements during his time at the school and wish him and Gill well for the future. We look forward to welcoming Tom and his family into our community and working together for a bright future in our students’ education.


A Brief Pen Portrait
Tom was educated at Durham School and Oxford University. As a student, he played rugby for the university U21 squad, cricket and hockey for his college and performed in a number of plays and choral concerts. A natural next step was into education, following a PGCE at Cambridge University.
Tom has taught at some of the UK’s leading independent schools and was a Head of Department and Boarding Housemaster at Colston’s School, Bristol, before becoming Deputy Head in Monmouth. Outside of work, he loves the great outdoors, music and sport and is a keen photographer. He has a passion for educational theories and is drawn towards Padworth’s unique focus on individuality and global citizenship.