Graham George Able

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Graham George Able (born 28 July 1947)[1] is a noted educationalist who was the Master at Dulwich College from 1997-2009.

Early life[edit]

He was educated at Worksop College and went on to study Natural Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he received his MA in 1968. In 1969 he completed his PGCE and married Mary Susan Munro with whom he has a son, and a daughter.[1]


After completing his PGCE in 1969 Graham Able went on to teach at Sutton Valence School. In 1976 he became the Boarding Housemaster and he continued in this role until his departure in 1983. In 1983 he also completed an MA in Social Sciences from Durham University. In that year he took up the position of Second Master at Barnard Castle School and in 1988 he left Barnard Castle School and went on to become the Headmaster of Hampton School. During his time at Hampton School he jointly published ‘’Head to Head’’ in 1992, became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1994, and MIoD in 1995. In 1996 he left Hampton School and took up the position of Master of Dulwich College in 1997.[1] He retired in the Summer of 2009.

During his time at Dulwich College Graham Able was Co-Chairman of the HMC and GSA Education and Academic Policy Committee (from 1998 to 2001). In 2003 he was chairman of the HMC. Since 1998 he has been on the Edexcel Foundation Council, on the Council and Court of ICSTM since 1999 and on the Council of Roedean School since 2000.[1]

In 2010, Graham Able took up the position of Chief Executive of the Alpha Plus Group, an education company that owns a number of schools and colleges in the UK.

His love of cricket is epitomised by his membership of the MCC and he also an honorary member of the East India Club.[1]


  • Head to Head (jointly) - 1992
  • Head to HoD (jointly) - 1998


  1. ^ a b c d e Who’s Who 2004, page 3, (A&C Black: London)
Academic offices
Preceded by
Anthony Verity
Christopher Field, the Deputy Master
was Acting Master during 1996
Master of Dulwich College
Succeeded by
Dr. Joseph Spence