James’ Story

Untitled Who is James Shone?

Following a sixteen year career in several boarding schools and being a housemaster for twelve of those years, James Shone was appointed as headmaster to Monkton Prep School in 2012. During his medical assessment a brain tumour was discovered. Over the coming months James underwent two massive operations spending 11 weeks in hospital; the operations saved his life but took most of his sight. Further to this, James had to relinquish a dream job, undergo radiotherapy and then set off into a new future without employment or buoyant health.

James is a man who embodies a positive attitude to life and a determination to turn setbacks into springboards. As a housemaster, this was at the heart of his pastoral message but it is now fundamentally important that he lives this message out everyday 11904710_1617661591842393_4490384846556378320_nhimself as well as sharing it with a wider audience.

James is married to Olivia, has four children and a dog called Alfred . He is also a Governor at King’s School, Bruton. His passions remain in golf, Liverpool football club, conversing, spending time at the Cornish coast and the good Lord.


James Shone is a truly remarkable man, blessed with gifts of wisdom, encouragement and courage.

Housemaster, Winchester College