DR. A. W. BARTON, 50-year-old headmaster of King Edward VII School, Sheffield, will leave in September to take over the £2,500 a-year headmastership of the City of London School.
He was appointed yesterday by the Court of Common Council from a short list of three selected candidates, all of whom had to be made Freemen of the City of London before they could become eligible for the post.
This leading London public school, standing on the Victoria Embankment, is governed by the Corporation of London. It is endowed with an annual sum towards its maintenance derived from estates left for educational purposes in 1422 by John Carpenter, the city's Town Clerk.
The school was not established until 1834, in Cheapside, and in 1883 it was removed to its present site. There is a staff of about 40 for 800 boys, who are admitted at any age between nine and 15, and may stay until 19.
Dr. Barton, a Doctor of Philosophy, was educated at Nottingham High School and Trinity College, Cambridge, and he once worked under Lord Rutherford on the spade work of atom physics.
He was chief physics master at Repton School from 1925 until he became headmaster of King Edward School, Sheffield, in 1939. He is the author of a text book on heat for use in schools and universities.
Dr. Barton served with the Royal Engineers in the 1914-18 war. His social activities in Sheffield include chairmanship of the Council of Boys' Clubs.