Tom Wheare

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Thomas David Wheare FRSA (born 1944) is an English school teacher and headmaster.[1][2]


Wheare was educated at the Dragon School and Magdalen College School in Oxford. He then went on to King's College Cambridge[3] (gaining an exhibition, studying History, and singing in the College Choir) and Christ Church, Oxford (studying Education for a Dip.Ed. and acting as a lay clerk in the Christ Church Cathedral Choir).[citation needed]

During his career as a teacher, he has been a Housemaster at Shrewsbury School and Assistant Master at Eton College. From 1983 to 2005, he was Head of Bryanston School in Dorset.[4][5] The Tom Wheare Music School at Bryanston, designed by Hopkins Architects,[6][7] was opened in September 2014.[8][9]

Wheare was an active member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC), serving as Treasurer from 1993 to 1999, and Chairman in 2000. He has been a governor of a number of schools over the years, including Blackheath High School, the Dragon School, Exeter School, and Port Regis School. He is Deputy Chairman of the Girls' Day School Trust[10] and has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools (AGBIS).

Wheare is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He edits the annual Which School? books[11][12] and the HMC magazine, Conference & Common Room.

He is the son of Sir Kenneth Wheare and Lady (Joan) Wheare,[13] is married and has two daughters. He lives in Wiltshire.[1]


  1. ^ a b Tom Wheare, Girls' Day School Trust.
  2. ^ Tom Wheare: ZoomInfo Business People Information, ZoomInfo.
  3. ^ Buffalo Bulletin, Autumn 2003.
  4. ^ About Bryanston — History, Bryanston School.
  5. ^ Holdsworth, Angela (ed.), Bryanston Reflections: Et nova et vetera. London: Third Millennium Publishing, 2005. ISBN 1-903942-38-1.
  6. ^ "The Tom Wheare Music School". Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Hopkins completes another Bryanston School building". Architects Journal 2 March 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "School opens new state-of-the-art music school". Dorset Echo. 18 Sep 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "The new Tom Wheare Music School". Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "GDST Trustees". Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  11. ^ Wheare, T.D. (ed.), Which School? 2008, John Catt Educational Ltd, 2007. ISBN 978-1-904724-43-8.
  12. ^ Wheare, T.D. (ed.), Which School? 2009, John Catt Educational Ltd, 2008.
  13. ^ "Joan Wheare: Oxford's 'urban guerrilla'". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
Educational offices
Preceded by
David Jones
Head of Bryanston School
Succeeded by
Sarah Thomas