Simon Doggart

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Simon Jonathon Graham Doggart (8 February 1961 – 23 July 2017) was an English first-class cricketer and headmaster.

Born in Winchester, Hampshire, Doggart was educated at Winchester and Magdalene College, Cambridge. He represented Cambridge University as a left-handed batsman in thirty-five first-class matches between 1980 and 1983.[1] He was awarded four blues. His grandfather Graham, great-uncle James Hamilton Doggart, father Hubert and uncle Peter all played first-class cricket.

He was a former headmaster of Caldicott School in Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire. Doggart announced in February 2017 that he intended, at the age of 56, to resign from his position as Head of Caldicott School with effect from July 2017.

In February 2017 it was revealed that a former teacher of his, John Smyth, had engaged in sadistic physical abuse by violently beating young men.[2] In April 2017 it was alleged that Doggart had, after being the victim of Smyth's abusive beatings as a young man, also administered severe beatings alongside Smyth.[3] In May 2017 the school announced that "due to ill health Simon is no longer able to lead the school", and an acting Head, Theroshene Naidoo, took over with immediate effect.[4] As his health deteriorated, he died on 23 July 2017 in East Wittering, Chichester, with his family by his side.[5]


  1. ^ Simon Doggart at ESPNcricinfo
  2. ^ Newman, Cathy (2 February 2017). "How Channel 4 News revealed claims of savage abuse by Archbishop's friend". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  3. ^ Sabur, Rozina (11 April 2017). "Claims John Smyth recruited victim - now head of top prep school - to help him carry out beatings". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Welcome to Caldicott". Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  5. ^ "DOGGART - Deaths Announcements - Telegraph Announcements". Retrieved 1 August 2017.

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