Graham Maher has been Headmaster since 2012. Prior to his appointment, he was responsible for the school’s Quality Review process for ten years, and so has played a fundamental role in the school’s success for a considerable length of time. His appointment as Head has led to the school’s increasing academic success and to the glowing reports in recent inspections.
In June 2017, Graham announced radical changes and a major programme of investment and development to ensure that the school best prepares current pupils for life in the future and remains a centre of excellence for generations to come. Becoming co-educational throughout and changing our name to Alton School is part of Graham’s vision of a modern, diverse, outward-looking school which nurtures intellectually brave, morally sound, confident young people who are prepared for life.
He was born in the Midlands in 1971 and attended school in Birmingham. Graham went on to read Theology at Oxford and has a teacher qualification and an MA in Education from London University. He is grateful for the strong sense of belief and commitment his Roman Catholic upbringing brought to him. “It gave me a sense of purpose,” he says. “Alongside all the sport I did, and the fun I had growing up, there was always my Christian faith. It never wavered. And I believe in family too. With five brothers and a sister, that has always been important to me.”
Mr Maher is married with two children.