who is Peter Dix?

the man behind the myth


Peter Dix was educated at Michaelhouse in South Africa and then read Classics at Natal University before winning a place at Cambridge on a scholarship.  After a spell in the City he took up post as Head of Classics at King’s College School, Cambridge before moving to the King’s School, Canterbury, where he spent 17 years teaching Classics, coaching Rugby, Cricket and Football at senior team level and becoming a Housemaster.


He was then appointed Headmaster of Port Regis, a highly prestigious and successful Prep School in Dorset, where he served for another 17 years.  He ran the training course for new Prep School Heads for several years, was a member of the IAPS Policy and Promotions Committee and was one of the influential Big Heads group.  During his headship he wrote a number of major articles on a range of educational issues for newspapers and various other publications, including Prep School magazine, as well as for the Boarding School Association.

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The Good Schools Guide, for better or for worse, described him as “pretty well forming up to be the Headmaster to whom all the other Heads pay heed”.


He was the Education Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph for nearly two years.  He has also recently acted as Senior Consultant with Executive Search specialists CfA and Management Consultant with Gabbitas. He served as a Governor of Leaden Hall School for a number of years.