Peter Tait

Peter was the Headmaster of Sherborne Preparatory School for 17 years.

Peter Tait was born in New Zealand and gained his Master in Arts degree in History at Massey University. After an early career in preparatory schools, he moved from his post as deputy head at Hadlow Preparatory School in the early 1980s, into senior schools, with his last prior to his appointment as Headmaster of Sherborne Preparatory School as Head of History and Senior Housemaster at Wanganui Collegiate School.

He has been Chairman of the Education Committee of IAPS, a director of ISEB and member of the ISC Education Committee and governor of three prep schools. He now writes regularly on education for local and national magazines.

Peter lectures at conferences and is the author of Florence: Mistress of Max Gate a novel centred on the relationship of Thomas Hardy and his second wife, Florence and its prequel, Emma: West of Wessex Girl. Previously he had written a biography of Sir John Ormond, the first New Zealand Boarding Schools' Handbook and many articles on education and related topics published in various magazines and journals. He is a member of the Powys Society, The Thomas Hardy Society and, along with his wife Sarah, is the bemused owner of a bookshop in France (www.theenglishbookshop.org).