Gregg Davies is in his fourteenth year as Headmaster at Shiplake College and in that, time has installed greater academic rigour whilst staying true to the College’s long-standing values. In addition, Gregg is the current Chairman of the Society of Heads, Governor of four schools and is a Lead ISI Inspector. He describes himself as naughty but nice and occasionally naïve. Gregg feels passionately about encouraging pupils to develop and foster key skills and attributes which allow them a competitive advantage in the driven world of modern employment. His aim is to help his pupils develop into adults who find work that they excel at, and are fulfilled by.
He was recently thrust into the spotlight when his initiative to ban the use of mobile phones during school hours gained the attention of Radio 4’s Today Programme, ITV’s Good Morning Britain and other media outlets. His decision was not borne out of a dislike of technology. Indeed, as a champion of embedding appropriate technological advances into the school curriculum, his objective was to discourage the communication with an electronic device in order to promote interpersonal communication between pupils and staff. Not only has this encouraged personability and liberated the pupils from the social pressures of showcasing life on social media, but Gregg also believes it teaches young people to manage their time better and to focus on the tasks at hand without distraction.