My Background

Both sides of Rhidian’s family are Welsh, claiming descent from such men of legend as the great lawmaker Hywel Dda, Prince Llewelyn and Sir Dafydd Gam who protected his sovereign at Agincourt but received an arrow in the eye, hence perhaps the expression ‘gammy eye’. His father, Sir David Llewellyn, was Conservative MP for Cardiff North from 1950 to 1959 and a Minister at The Home Office. His mother was Head of Churchill’s Cypher Cabinet office during the war.

He was educated at Heatherdown, Ascot, Pangbourne College, where he was Chief Cadet Captain of the College (Head Boy) in 1975, University College, London and Wosley Hall, Oxford. He began his teaching career at Heatherdown where among his pupils were HRH The Prince Edward and David Cameron. From 1980-1984 he was Head of History and English at Arnold House School in St John’s Wood, London. In 1986 he became Senior Housemaster at The Dragon School, Oxford before being appointed, at the age of 32, Headmaster of
Papplewick School, Ascot.

His twelve years at Papplewick were an outstanding success, the 2002 ISI Inspection report concluding: ”The Headmaster’s leadership style motivates staff and pupils alike. The quality of leadership shown by the Headmaster is the major contributory factor to the progress of the school during his time in office.”

In 2004, Rhidian established Llewellyn Education Limited dedicated to helping families find the very best schools for their children, advising Governing Bodies on selection of Heads, appraising Heads and Senior Staff, and using all his experience and expertise to motivate Governors, Parents, Staff and pupils to work together to achieve the holy grail of education in which he so passionately believes: simultaneous excellence and breadth.


Rhidian Llewellyn
BA (Hons) London Dip. Ed. Oxon