Welcome to an Extraordinary School
I am honored and humbled to have been named the 20th head of school at Rowland Hall. On my first visit to campus in April of 2019, it was clear to me that this is a warm and welcoming community that cares deeply about learning and prioritizing the student experience. My family and I immediately knew this is the place where we wanted to be.
The future of education is exciting, particularly at independent schools like Rowland Hall. It is up to us to teach the curriculum we think best prepares students for the future. With our expert faculty and supportive families, caregivers, and friends, we will continue Rowland Hall's tradition of excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts, coupled with a growth mindset and a commitment to equity and justice. We are empowered to create a community that reflects the world we want to live in while positively impacting others.
I enjoy listening to, learning from, and collaborating with our students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and friends. I also look forward to greeting all the new and prospective members of our community and trust that you will find this school as welcoming as I have.
Head of School
A native of the United Kingdom, Mick has over 30 years of experience in education, starting as a science teacher in Nottingham and most recently concluding eight years as the head of Allendale Columbia School in Rochester, New York. He holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry and analytical sciences from Loughborough University in the UK, where he later earned a postgraduate certificate in education (the equivalent to a master of arts in teaching). He went on to obtain his master's in education leadership from Columbia University.
Mick was appointed in summer 2019 after a yearlong search process to replace retiring Head of School Alan Sparrow. He impressed the search committee with his demonstrated capacity for visionary leadership, his proven ability to inspire and engage all constituents across a school community, and his significant experience in innovative programming. Mick was drawn to the leadership opportunity at Rowland Hall because of our school's values and commitment to fostering both academic excellence and ethical citizenship.