Will Goldsmith

Will Goldsmith

Acting Head, Bedales
Biography

Will Goldsmith has an MA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh. He became Acting Head of Bedales in September 2021, having initially joined the school as Deputy Head (Academic). He was previously Director of Teaching and Learning and Head of English at Latymer Upper in West London which followed teaching in state and independent schools. He says education is about empowering young people to engage with learning on a profound level that they sustain their whole life. He is passionate about diversity and works closely with students in supporting LGBTQ+ rights in school and beyond. He enjoys singing, having spent much of his life in a variety of chamber choirs; he was brought up as the child of expatriate parents in Africa, the Middle and Far East; and he speaks fluent French having lived in Paris for five years after graduating. His partner, Andrew, is also an English teacher who has been at Highgate school for over a decade and who divides his time almost equally between London and the bucolic Bedales estate. On Bedales, Will says the willingness to challenge the orthodoxies of education (without necessarily rejecting them), combined with a profoundly communitarian approach and an understanding of the importance of the natural world make it very special indeed.