I am a graduate of the University of Lancaster in History and Politics and also hold a PGCE from Kings College London. I started my teaching career in London, cycling through the East End with piles of books on the back of my bike and then worked in a number of independent schools in the UK. As Head of History at Peterborough High School, I was able to develop my pedagogical skills and passion for my subject. Helping students to understand History in the context of their local environment and the modern day, alongside developing their skills as scholars and researchers keeps History relevant, challenging and engaging. I was also able to share my love of the Great Outdoors by developing the adventurous activity and the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award programmes. As Housemistress at Wycombe Abbey School, one of the UK’s premier schools, I had the privilege of being at one of the first UK schools to take pastoral care seriously, developing a strong support and welfare programme for students in a culture of high academic expectation and achievement.
During my first headship at Windermere St Anne’s, our school was awarded “The Most Improved School” accolade in the Financial Times Education Awards and were entered for the first time into the Good Schools Guide. I also served on the Board of Round Square, an inspirational association of internationally minded schools and became part of the Global Connections group of school leaders.
Following a year as a full time MBA student at LUMS, I was able to fulfill a professional ambition and take up a post outside the UK. I joined Nord Anglia Education in 2007 and became Principal of the British International School Bratislava, the “Little Big City” in the heart of Central Europe. During my six years in this vibrant community, we enhanced and enriched the curriculum. This led to a significant improvement in student outcomes and consolidated its position as the leading school in the capital and devloped the school's reputation for its excellence in Music, Art and Sport.
I joined La Côte International School at the beginning of 2014; an exciting time in its development as it moves from its site in Vich to a purpose built modern school building amidst the orchards and vineyards of Aubonne. I was attracted by the opportunity to bring my holistic educational philosophy to a school so committed to the development of the individual. Working in a school surrounded by staff and students who are so engaged with the learning process creates an energising atmosphere that is difficult to ignore when you walk through the door.