Founding Master of Wellington College International Pune – Dr Murray Tod


Wellington College India is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Murray Tod, the founding Master of Wellington College International Pune (WCIP).

Dr Tod has a Masters in History, Politics and Philosophy, a Doctorate in Medieval History and a career in education spanning over 25 years.

Dr Tod began his career with Edinburgh and Glasgow universities in the mid 1990s, before securing teaching posts at Glenalmond College and Rannoch School in the UK. In 2002 Dr Tod moved to Epsom College UK and over the course of the next 15 years he assumed various roles of responsibility, including boys’ Boarding Housemaster, Acting girls’ Housemaster, Head of Department (History & Politics) and lastly Assistant Headmaster. He moved to Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) in December 2016, as Second Master and then Headmaster, and greatly enjoyed all facets of Malaysian culture. In his tenure at ECiM, the school achieved FOBISIA status and excellent academic results, including Oxbridge entrants. Furthermore, the foundations for a prestigious tennis academy were established.

In late 2020 Dr Tod was appointed to his second Headship at Merchiston International School (Shenzhen, China), the sister school of the distinguished Edinburgh institution, and he is proud of his contribution to Merchiston in challenging Covid times. In addition to academic and pastoral progression, Dr Tod prepared the school for CIS accreditation and a Golf Academy has recently been established at Merchiston International. With a wealth of experience from his first two Headships, and a background in the UK and internationally, Dr Tod regards himself as first and foremost a committed boarding schoolmaster and is excited to uphold the distinct values of a Wellington education.

He states that ‘I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed as the Founding Master of Wellington College in Pune – indeed the first Wellington College in India!

Wellington College in Pune has the potential to be a quite remarkable venture: joining the wider Wellington family of schools, and therefore leveraging upon the incredible history and ethos of Wellington College in the UK and also the Wellington schools in China & Thailand, provides the opportunity of embarking upon an educational journey of unquestionable vibrancy and quality. A Wellington education, in the UK and internationally, represents the very best of the British educational system and we are rightfully considered a leading global provider.

We are delighted to be introducing the Wellington values to Pune India, with the close links between Wellington College and the UNISON team. In fact, the values of Kindness, Courage, Respect, Integrity and Responsibility will be at the very heart of WCIP’s provision.

A Wellington education embraces true inspiration and aims to be inclusive, engaging with the local / national and international communities. That is an important element of this incredible journey – we are thrilled to now offer all the qualities of a Wellington education within the rich diversity of a truly Indian setting.’

Dr Tod is married to Kirsty, formerly Senior Housemistress at Epsom College and currently a Housemistress at St Mary’s Calne, and together they have one daughter Isla, aged 12.

He is fascinated by all strands of global Politics and, whilst no longer able to compete, he is a passionate rugby union and squash enthusiast.

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