Congratulations to our Head of Cricket

Jake Lintott - our Head of Cricket

Queen’s College are delighted that our inspirational Head of Cricket, Jake Lintott, has agreed a three-year contract with Warwickshire County Cricket Club, covering all forms of the game.

We are also extremely pleased that he will continue to be an invaluable part of our cricket programme, developing, supporting and mentoring our passionate young cricketers.

Jake, a former Queen's student, starred for Birmingham Bears in last season's T20 Vitality Blast tournament, including two man-of-the-match performances.

Head Teacher, Dr Lorraine Earps, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Jake has realised his sporting ambitions.

“At Queen’s, we never lost our belief that Jake would be recognised for the talent we have seen for so many years. He is a true role model for our students, demonstrating that with hard work and perseverance you really can fulfil your dreams.”

Director of Sport, Mr Tom Walter, added: “We are so pleased that, as he continues his cricketing journey, Jake will still be able to continue to work with our fantastic students.”

Jake joined Queen’s in 2006 when we was offered a Sport Scholarship from Danesfield School, Williton, and he was a regular member of both our cricket and hockey 1st XIs. He returned to Queen's in 2017 as a sports graduate and was appointed Head of Cricket in 2019.

A successful club player - captaining Clevedon Cricket Club in the West of England Premier League – Jake is a slow left-arm unorthodox bowler.

He moved up into the professional game with 2nd XI appearances for a number of counties before playing in the T20 competition for Hampshire in 2017 and Gloucestershire the following season.

But his career really took off with the Bears last season as he played a starring role in a campaign which saw them pipped for a place in the quarter-finals after an agonising defeat by Northants in the last group game.

Jake said: “I am so grateful to Dr Earps – she has been very supportive throughout my time at Queen's and, without that support, I wouldn't have been given this fantastic opportunity.

“I can't wait to get back to school soon and see all the students and am looking forward to helping them prepare for the new cricket season with, hopefully, the return of competitive fixtures in the Summer Term.

“I will still be fully involved in cricket at Queen's for the foreseeable future and look forward to continue to develop our thriving programme.

“I am delighted to be joining Warwickshire on a three-year deal – it’s something I have had to work hard to achieve and I hope the students at Queen's can take a lot from my journey.

“There have been many obstacles along the way but to finally secure a professional contract at 27 years of age is reward for all the effort and perseverance.”

Announcing the contract, Warwickshire’s Director of Cricket Paul Farbrace said: “Jake made a fantastic impression during our Vitality Blast campaign in 2020 and we’re thrilled to secure his immediate future with the club.”

He added: “Slow left-arm unorthodox bowlers are not easy to discover and Jake provides another dimension to our spin bowling attack.”

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Former Head Girl awarded OBE

A former Head Girl at Queen's was awarded the OBE in the New Year Honours for her work in the Cabinet Office.

Mary Jones, who comes from Nynehead, left Queen’s in 2005.

She took History, Maths, French and English Literature before going on to study Law with French Law at Oxford.

After graduating in 2009, Mary joined the civil service in the Ministry of Justice, where her early career focused on criminal justice and constitutional issues, followed by a stint in Ministerial offices ahead of the 2016 Brexit referendum.

This led to Mary joining the Cabinet Office - the heart of Government - where she spent nearly four years managing Government decision making on home affairs (eg immigration), Brexit, the Union and Northern Ireland.

Mary’s OBE was awarded for this work, and in particular for setting up intensive decision making structures in the run-up to various Brexit deadlines and a possible ‘no deal’.

Mary has recently moved to a new role in the Business and Health departments, creating opportunities for the UK’s life sciences industry to contribute to our economic and health recovery.

Head of Junior School is appointed

We are delighted to welcome Henry Matthews as Head Teacher of our Junior School.

He has taken over from Mrs Tracey Khodabandehloo who retired at the end of the Summer Term after ten successful years as Headmistress.

Mr Matthews said: “It has been an interesting time to start a new headship but I have been blown away by the strength of the Queen's community in adapting to all the recent changes in learning.''

“I have received such a warm welcome from everyone I have met and am thrilled to have joined such a brilliant team.”

''As a school, we learn from the events of the past year and take advantage in the significant developments in the use of technology in learning.''

Mr Matthews was previously Head Teacher of St Joseph’s School in Launceston, Cornwall, where he started his teaching career in 2012.

He became Deputy Head three years later and was appointed as Head in 2018.

Welcome to our new Director of Sport

Our new Director of Sport started work as the Autumn Term got under way.

Mr Tom Walter has joined us after six years at Shiplake College, just outside Henley-on-Thames.

He held a number of positions there including Head of Physical Education and Head of Hockey. He was also been responsible for developing the Girls' Sport programme.

Mr Walter has played hockey for Cheltenham and Exeter University and most recently for Henley.

He said: “It’s been a pleasure getting started at Queen's and working with the brilliant staff both in the Sport Department and around the College.

“While these are challenging times for everyone, we hope that, with the launch of a new Sport website, we will be able to continue the athletic development of all students.

“I am really looking forward to getting to know the whole community and driving the development of the sport programme.”

In recent years, nearly 20 of our students have represented their country on the international stage in a range of sports including hockey, swimming and athletics.

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