The New Head Master of Westminster School connects with CWS Online

On October 14th, Dr Gary Savage, the new Head Master of Westminster School connected, with Chengdu Westminster School online. Dr Savage also wrote a welcome letter  to express his attention to, and support for, the Chengdu Westminster School project, and to say that he is looking forward to visiting Chengdu Westminster School in 2021.


A Letter from Westminster School’s Head Master


I know I speak for everyone at Westminster School when I say how excited we are about the fantastic opportunities Chengdu Westminster School will offer to pupils in China to benefit from a Westminster education.


I have been very fortunate in my career to study and teach in some world-class institutions: Cambridge University, Eton College, Alleyn’s School, and Westminster School, where I returned as Head Master in September 2020 having been Under Master between 2006 and 2010. I know what a special place Westminster is, with its commitment to academic rigour, lively classroom discussion, a wide-ranging co-curriculum and first-rate pastoral care. These elements combine to provide a holistic education which support pupils as they become young adults, helps them navigate a complex world, and equips them to meet its various challenges. It also helps pupils to achieve superb academic outcomes and go on to attend some of the very best universities around the world.


I know that the ethos at Chengdu Westminster School will echo these qualities and traditions while developing a distinctive model offering the best of both the UK and Chinese pedagogy and curricula. This blend of approaches represents our conviction that twenty-first century education operates in a global context where centres of excellence have a great deal to learn from one another and where pupils from around the world can meet – often via digital platforms – to share their ideas and perspectives. That is certainly going to be the case as Chengdu Westminster School opens in 2021 and our partnership matures and blossoms.


I send all my best wishes from London to everyone involved in this very exciting project, which I am delighted to see is making strong progress despite the challenges a global pandemic poses for us all.


I look forward to visiting the school in person just as soon as that is possible.


Dr Gary Savage


Get to know Dr Gary Savage

Dr Savage read History at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, taking a Double First before completing a PhD on the political culture and foreign policy of later 18th-century France. He was Head of History and Master-in-College at Eton College then Under Master at Westminster School, and since 2010 has been Headmaster at Alleyn’s School in Dulwich. He is married to Natalie and enjoys History, the Arts, studying German, walking his two Jack Russell terriers and following the fortunes of Ipswich Town FC.