I am absolutely delighted to have joined Northampton High School and it has taken me only a few days to realise what a special community it is, where excellent teaching and learning are underpinned by friendly and caring relationships.
Although working from home at present, I have received a very warm welcome from colleagues and I really look forward to meeting them, in person, when school reopens. It will be equally wonderful to get to know Junior School pupils and also to have conversations with you, their parents, when I am on site.
As you may remember from the September edition of Headlines, Mr Bailey identified 2020/21 as a year of opportunity in the Junior School. I am very excited about working alongside Mrs Davis and the staff in achieving our school’s vision and together we shall ensure the girls have abundant opportunities and experiences which enable them to develop the skills and character essential for their future.
Having attended St George’s School for Girls in Edinburgh and taught at The Perse School for Girls (now The Stephen Perse Foundation) in Cambridge, I feel very much at home within the GDST and fully committed to its ethos. What a privilege it is to share ideas and best practice about the unique ways in which girls flourish as active thinkers and learners, challenge themselves, embrace life and contribute to society.
Since retiring from headship, I have joined the governing body of a prep school in Suffolk, become a mentor for new head teachers in IAPS schools, trained as a Youth Mental Health First Aider and taken on the role of independent listener for sixth formers in a school boarding house setting. In my spare time I enjoy Scottish dancing, singing, gardening and travelling – when that’s possible, of course!
Consultant Head of Junior School