Mr Gibbons was born and grew up in Zimbabwe, where he worked initially as an economist and then as a Director and General Manager for a management training organisation operating throughout Southern Africa. He spent his leisure hours running a Sunday school and working as a youth leader as well as playing league squash.
The political situation in Zimbabwe led to a move to England in 2001.
Once in England, Mr Gibbons moved into teaching, gaining his QTS through the University of Southampton, to add to his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Rhodes University in South Africa and his Master of Science in Strategic Management from the University of Derby.
He joined More House School in Surrey, an independent residential and day school for boys. The school has a high reputation for its ambition for its pupils and for achieving exceptional outcomes – both academic and developmental – for boys of all abilities. It was the school’s strength of aspiration for its pupils which attracted Mr Gibbons to More House in the first place, and which underpins his own approach to leading Kingsmead.
It is no exaggeration to say that he regards his position as Headmaster, uniting as it does his strong business and leadership background with his passion for working with young people, as the perfect occupation.
Mr Gibbons’ previous roles included Head of IT and Business, managing his school’s Gifted and Talented programme and latterly being appointed Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship. He was appointed Headmaster of Kingsmead in September 2010.
Sport is a passion! While he plays and thoroughly enjoys ‘village cricket’, tennis and running he is a highly competitive and accomplished squash player.
Married to Alison, a teacher with over 25 years’ teaching experience, the couple have two boys – Matthew aged 19 and David aged 16.