Stephen Morris became Principal of St Edward’s College in September 2016. He was educated at Hereford Cathedral School, from which he progressed to Hull University to read Theology. At the end of his degree he decided to enter teaching and undertook a PGCE course in Religious Education and History, at the same university.
His first post in teaching was in the state sector, as Head of RE at Beverley Grammar, a boys' comprehensive school just outside Hull. He built up the subject, establishing GCSE and A level courses, and continued his own professional development through studying part-time for a Master of Education degree at Hull University and taking a sabbatical term at Oxford University as a ‘Farmington Fellow' to study the teaching of the most able at GCSE level.
After 5½ years at Beverley Grammar School, Stephen moved to a new post in the independent sector, as Head of RE at Bedford School, a boys' day and boarding school known for high academic standards along with excellent music and sport. Stephen was a boarding master, an assistant sports coach, a CCF instructor, led many school trips at home and abroad, and co-ordinated the sixth form enhancement programme. He taught both RE and History, and gained experience as both a GCSE and A level examiner.
He progressed from Bedford to one of the largest independent schools in the UK, Brentwood School in Essex, where he was Head of Sixth Form, responsible for the leadership and management of 330 sixth formers (boys and girls), a team of 29 tutors and the sixth form management team which dealt with students' pastoral care, academic development and career preparation.
From Brentwood he moved to Reading Blue Coat School in Berkshire, as Deputy Head (Second Master), responsible for the day-to-day running of the school.
A short time later he was appointed to his first headship, in 2008 becoming Headmaster of Llandaff Cathedral School in Cardiff, choir school to the Anglican cathedral. This was a school which had exactly the vision of education Stephen feels strongly committed to: high academic standards, but equal importance attached to sport, music, the arts, outdoor pursuits, and all other aspects of pupils' personal, social and moral development. He oversaw a renewal of the school’s Christian ethos, a multi-million pound building programme, and the successful establishment of a sixth form which is now one of the highest achieving in Wales.
He is married to Rebecca, a staff nurse, and they have three sons. He enjoys football (supporting Chelsea FC) and rugby, walking and reading current affairs. The family are active members of the Catholic Church. His teaching subjects are Religious Studies, History and Politics.