Alton School


We are delighted to welcome Karl Guest as the Headmaster of Alton School. Karl joins from Sydenham High School, London, where he was Senior Deputy Head responsible for all aspects of pastoral life as well as the operational running of the school.  Karl was also served as Acting Head for a period of time. He was previously Assistant Head at Sutton High School in Cheam, Head of Boarding at Hampshire Collegiate School, and Head of Theology at Worth School in West Sussex.

Karl’s overseas experience includes St Hilda’s School in Perth, where he was Head of House and Head of Philosophy and Religious Studies. He has also worked as a visiting lecturer in Philosophy at St Mary’s College, Twickenham where he is an alumnus, graduating with a First Class Honours degree in Theology and a Distinction in his MA.

A practising Catholic and ardent football supporter, Karl is a keen cook, sportsman and musician. He is looking forward to getting to know the Alton community both at school and beyond and will be working closely with the staff, the Governors, the Sisters and all the school’s partners to grow Alton School.

His aim for the school is straightforward; to provide the very best pupil centred, innovative and brave education for our young people.

Recognising that we are living through extraordinary times, Karl believes that this is when community spirit, determination and resilience come into their own. “The strength, faith and conviction that are at the very heart of Alton School are what will see us through these testing times. I am determined that the current situation will not hold us back and am committed to leading Alton School through the current period and into an exciting new phase”.

Karl takes over from Graham Maher who was Headmaster at Alton School for 8 years.