THE Royal Grammar School has revealed the man who will succeed Roy Page as headteacher next year.

Philip Wayne will leave his current post as headmaster of Chesham Grammar School to join the RGS on September 1, 2015.

The RGS board of governors said Mr Wayne was the ‘unanimous choice’ to take over from the retiring Mr Page following a lengthy selection process to find a worthy replacement.

Mr Wayne said: “By September 2015, I shall have completed eight years at Chesham Grammar, a school which I am incredibly proud to have led.

“It will be a great honour to succeed Roy Page who has led RGS with such distinction.

“Coming to RGS will give me a new challenge and I look forward to building on its traditions to establish a school that delivers a truly outstanding 21st century education.”

Mr Wayne, who lives close to High Wycombe with his wife and two 10-year-old twins, is chair of the Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools group and an ex-deputy head of John Hampden Grammar School.

Steve Ashton, RGS chair of governors, said: “We are all delighted to have secured such an able successor to Roy as Phil Wayne.

“Phil has a proven track record in continuous improvement and shares the governing body’s ambition to build on Roy’s work and take RGS to the next level, in terms of both academic results but also the wider education opportunities available to boys.

“For his part, I know Roy Page is determined to continue with RGS’s development plans and hand over a top performing school.

“The governing body will be supporting that aspiration in full.”

Mr Wayne will continue to lead Chesham Grammar School, which was ranked outstanding by Ofsted in March, and help find his successor over the next year.

He will also visit RGS to ensure a smooth transition from Mr Page, who is retiring after 43 years service at the Amersham Road-based school.

Mr Page is a National Leader of Education and will have been the RGS headteacher for nine years by the time he retires next summer.