Michael Windsor, Headmaster of Abingdon since September 2016, was born in Bristol. He attended Bristol Cathedral School, where he was a chorister, before going to Durham University where he achieved a First in German with French. After university he worked briefly in publishing before leaving for Italy where he taught English as a Foreign Language at the British School, Bologna. Upon his return to the UK, Mr Windsor took a PGCE at the Institute of Education in London. He also holds an MA in Modern German Studies from Birkbeck College, University of London.
Mr Windsor taught French, German and Italian at King’s College School, Wimbledon, for seven years, where he later held the post of Director of the International Baccalaureate, and then worked as Deputy Head of the Royal Grammar School in Guildford for five years. He was appointed Headmaster of Reading Blue Coat School in 2008. Mr Windsor is an inspector for ISI, governor of a local prep school and Chair of a Single Academy Trust in Reading.
The opportunity to become involved in wider school life particularly attracted him to teaching, and earlier in his career he coached rugby, hockey and athletics, served as an officer in the Royal Navy Section of the Combined Cadet Force and led expeditions to Ecuador, Morocco and Pakistan.
Mr Windsor is married to Shanti, who works at Reading University, and they have two daughters, Amelia and Bea. He loves playing and watching sport and is a long-standing (and long-suffering) supporter of Bristol Rovers and Bristol Rugby Club. He is also a keen musician, playing the double bass in classical and jazz ensembles.