John Horrell

John Horrell is married to Sally and has three grown up sons. He came to faith in Christ at the same time as his wife, in 1981 at the age of 31 at St John’s church Wimborne. John and Sally are both qualified teachers and have taught in Dorset schools since 1973. Their eldest son also teaches in Dorset. 

John’s teaching career spanned 34 years, the last 18 as a headteacher. For the majority of his years as a headteacher he led a staff of 25 in one of the largest Church of England primary schools in the county with approximately 440 children on roll. As numbers of children in the area declined he led the school through the challenging experience of downsizing to a single form entry. John also served as Chair of the Dorset Primary Heads Association, which brought him into contact with many headteachers from schools of different sizes and settings. He therefore understands the issues of both large urban schools and small village schools.

As head of a church school John valued the close relationship with the local church and worked closely with the vicar to develop a strong and meaningful partnership between school, church and neighbourhood. This was extended to links with a school and church in Kenya which John has visited many times.

John has been a qualified inspector for Anglican Schools and in that capacity visited many Church primary, first, infant and middle schools in the Salisbury and Bath&Wells Diocese in the UK. This brought him into close contact with headteachers and foundation governors. Matters of faith and Christian commitment often came up and he was in a position to offer help and guidance when the opportunity presented itself. Now more than ever these schools need support and encouragement.

In recent years John has been in demand to take special Christmas and Easter assemblies at many primary schools throughout the Weymouth area.

Given this varied and long experience as a leader in a church school John is well placed to come alongside heads and governors of such schools. EWM UK's vision is to see leaders of church schools refreshed in their faith in Christ and to be renewed in the unique mission that the schools have in their communities in partnership with their local churches. 

John is also a very gifted artist (his sketches appear on our Homepage) and recently exhibited some of his work as part of the Dorset Arts Trail Fortnight.


John Horrell

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