Headmasters’ Welcome


From September 2018, James Whiting and Barney Franklin have taken over the leadership of the school, as joint headmasters.

Barney Franklin has been a teacher at The Acorn School for 20 years and has played a large part in the school’s development over this period, whilst completing roles as gym teacher, class teacher, upper school sponsor, and leader of numerous cultural and adventure trips throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.

James Whiting was a student at The Acorn School for 12 years and, having completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies, returned to the school as an upper school science teacher and later the Head of Upper School. Throughout his time at the school, James has been a large part of the development and modernisation of the school, working with the founders to develop policies and procedures that ensure the school remains a professional, transparent and compliant educational establishment in to the future.

A welcome from our headmasters

We are excited to be taking on this new role and feel that, together, we can protect the ethos of this wonderful school, whilst moving the vision forward in a dynamic and modern way. We are both fully invested in what the school stands for and are grateful to be given the opportunity to work together, with our team of excellent staff, to provide the children of the school with a unique and progressive education that prepares them to enter the world as well educated, free-thinking young people who possess a great respect for themselves, others, and the world in which they live.

This website has been carefully created to provide you with an important insight into the key aspects of the education at The Acorn School. We hope you will find it to be a good source of information about this unique and progressive school. We extend a warm invitation to any prospective parents to contact us for further information or to arrange a visit.


James Whiting and Barney Franklin