Alastair Thomas took over the Headship at The Manor in January 2018 having previously been Head of The Elms School near Malvern. He began his teaching career almost twenty years ago having graduated with a degree in French from King’s College, London. Returning to his old prep school to complete the Graduate Teacher Training Programme, Alastair started as a Year 4 teacher, also teaching French to senior school children and Boys' games. He then moved on to The Downs Prep School in Colwall where he was Head of French and Latin before becoming Deputy Head (Academic) at Lambrook School near Ascot in January 2008. In September 2010 Alastair was appointed Headmaster of The Elms School, a co-educational day and boarding prep that has occupied the same site for almost 400 years. He is married to Hannah, a physicist who moved into education when she met him. They have two daughters, Milly (aged 11) and Martha (aged 6) who also both attend The Manor.