Mr Chris Beechey appointed as inaugural Head of Middle School

Ballarat Grammar is pleased to announce that Mr Chris Beechey has been appointed as our inaugural Head of Middle School, following interviews with a strong field of applicants from across Victoria and interstate.

Chris, known well and held in the highest regard in our community, has been the Head of Wigan, Director of Boarding and most recently, Assistant Head (Learning) in the Senior School at Ballarat Grammar.

During Chris’ time at Ballarat Grammar, he has developed a reputation for being deeply invested in our students. Chris’ very genuine approach has allowed him to develop the highest levels of trust amongst all members of our community. Chris has a strong grasp of educational research and in his current role, has used this to provide transformative leadership of our Staff Professional Learning Program.

Prior to joining Ballarat Grammar, Chris was Assistant Head of Boarding (School House) and teaching senior Biology at Scotch College, Melbourne. Chris was also involved in the boarding program at Xavier College, Melbourne. He has international educational experience in Japan and exchange teaching in the United Kingdom. Chris is a Science and teaching graduate, with a Masters in Educational Leadership. Chris and his wife Tamara, have four children at the School, William in Year 5, Olivia in Year 3 and twins Kate and Henry in Year 1.

Chris has been instrumental in the development of the Middle School concept for Ballarat Grammar, which will focus on our students in Years 7, 8 and 9. He is ideally positioned to lead our team of middle years’ leaders in the next stage of this significant development for our School.

On his appointment to the new role, Chris said, “The Middle School at Ballarat Grammar will be a flagship of innovative educational practice, focusing intently on the provision of rich, experiential learning opportunities for each student at every stage. The Middle School provides us, as a community, the opportunity to fully support each child as they progress through the challenging years of early adolescence and find their own identity in a supportive environment.