Joining us in August 2010, Mr Knapman initially expressed mild concern at being the thirteenth Rector – until a class of Prep School pupils pointed out that there are thirteen letters in Dollar Academy and that this might be a lucky omen. A former pupil of Dunblane Primary School and Morrison’s Academy, he played rugby and cricket against Dollar as a boy (not that we hold that against him, of course).
Holding an M.Phil in Education from the University of Exeter, Mr Knapman joined us from Hampton School in south-west London, where he taught mathematics for ten years, latterly becoming Deputy Headmaster. No stranger to the lectern, he has delivered national seminars on pastoral and cyber issues at HMC and ISBA conferences. Working closely with charities such as SHINE and ISSP in London, Mr Knapman has been a big part of setting up educational support programmes for disadvantaged youngsters. He is also a trustee of HMC Projects in Eastern Europe.