Alastair Land attended Manchester Grammar School before he took a First in Natural Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was President of the College's Students Union. After completing his PGCE at Cambridge, he began his career at Eton as a teacher of Biology. There he became a Deputy House Master and held several extra-curricular responsibilities, including command of the CCF. Alastair then spent nine years at Winchester, where he was Master in College and a member of the Senior Management Team. Alastair was Deputy Head Master at Harrow for three years from 2012, before he moved to Repton as Headmaster. He returned to Harrow as Head Master in April 2019. He has retained his interests in outdoor activity and scholarship; Alastair is developing a process of strategic development of boys boarding in the twenty first century.
Harrow was founded in 1572 under a Royal Charter of Elizabeth I. It is one of only four all-boys, full boarding schools in the UK and today is home to just over 850 boys. It's alumni have included seven UK prime ministers, including Sir Winston Churchill and the only British prime minister ever to have been assassinated, Spencer Perceval. Old Harrovians also include three Nobel Prize winners, twenty Victoria Crosses and several BAFTA winners (including Benedict Cumberbatch).