Rugby School Thailand appoints new school Principal

Bruce and his wife Lilla with their children Jess and Sam

The Rugby School Group and the Governing Body of Rugby School Thailand are delighted to announce the appointment of Bruce Grindlay as the new Principal of Rugby School Thailand.

Bruce is Head Master of Sutton Valence School in Kent, a highly successful HMC and IAPS co-educational school for children aged two to 18, which he has led since 2009. Educated at King’s College School, Wimbledon, and Saint George’s School, Vancouver, Bruce went on to read Music at Emmanuel College, Cambridge where he also undertook Postgraduate studies while teaching there. A highly accomplished organist, he was Director of Music at Christ’s Hospital from 2001 to 2009, having started his teaching career at Christ’s College in Brecon and at Bedford School, where he was a boarding housemaster.

The Governing Body of Rugby School Thailand is pleased to have attracted someone of Bruce’s calibre and experience to lead the School community.


Peter Green, the Executive Head Master of the Rugby School Group, said: “Bruce is one of England’s outstanding head masters and we are delighted to welcome him to the Rugby School Group. I have every confidence that Rugby School Thailand will go from strength to strength under his leadership.”

Speaking of his appointment, Bruce said: “Rugby School Thailand has made a truly impressive start in its first four years and I am excited to be taking up the challenge of leading it into the next phase of its development. I am also very much looking forward to joining the Rugby School Group as it grows its international presence in the years ahead.”

Bruce is married to Lilla, who is Head of English at The King’s School, Canterbury and their two children are currently attending university in the UK. He will embark on his new role in September next year.