Mark Turner – A profile
Mark Turner was born in Hampstead, London in 1961 and educated at Rossall School, Lancashire and Oxford University where he read Geography, represented the University at hockey, and captained his college cricket and squash teams.
Whilst at University he was awarded an Army Scholarship and spent holidays on attachment to a number of regiments. After Oxford came Sandhurst and the award of a Commission into 4th Regiment Royal Artillery with whom he served in Germany and Northern Ireland. Army life provided the opportunity for the development of a number of interests, in particular Adventure Training. In 1985 he completed a Joint Service Mountain Expedition Leaders’ course in Norway.
After the Army it was back to university to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, this time to Cambridge, creating divided loyalties on Varsity Match Day! In 1987 he was appointed an Assistant Master at Oundle School. In 1988 he took over as Head of Geography and Master in Charge of Hockey, followed in 1990 by appointment as Housemaster. He organised and led major school expeditions, to Zanskar in India, 1992, and to climb Mount Kenya, 1994.
Mark Turner was the youngest member of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference when he was appointed to the HMC as the Headmaster of Kelly College in 1995. Since that time he has gained valuable experience of boarding at Kelly College and of a highly selective academic day school at Abingdon. During his eight years at Abingdon, its academic profile improved and its rowing crews developed to a point where they have dominated school competition over the last few years. Having been short-listed in 2005 and 2007, Mark Turner was awarded the Tatler Headmaster of the Year award in 2009, and has been an active school inspector since 1998.
As Shrewsbury School’s 27th Headmaster, he has enjoyed building on the work of his illustrious predecessors, with an ambitious new development plan, ‘2020 Vision’, a new-look Senior Leadership Team, strong pupil numbers and an improving academic profile, which all suggest that the School’s fortunes will continue to flourish.
Mark Turner is married to Elizabeth, herself an Oxford geographer and experienced teacher. They have two sons, Alexander and Gideon, a holiday cottage on the North Devon coast and a Jack Russell called Dorothy and a flat-coat retriever called Martha.
Other hobbies include fives (Rugby, alas), sculling and country sports.