WESTONBIRT SCHOOL'S HEAD MOVES ON
PUBLISHED: 20:52 18 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:24 20 February 2013
Mrs Mary Henderson, who has been Headmistress at Westonbirt School for 13 years, has decided to step down during the academic year 2012/13.<br/><br/><br/><br/>Mary Henderson became Headmistress in September 1999. She was educated at Berkhamsted School for Girls,
Mrs Mary Henderson, who has been Headmistress at Westonbirt School for 13 years, has decided to step down during the academic year 2012/13.
Mary Henderson became Headmistress in September 1999. She was educated at Berkhamsted School for Girls, then read French at St Andrews while also playing lacrosse for Scotland. After a PGCE from Durham, Mary taught French and German at Cheltenham Ladies College where she became a Housemistress. Four years at co-ed Warminster School then followed before her appointment to Westonbirt School in 1996 as Head of Modern Languages, prior to her appointment as Head in 1999.
The Independent Schools Inspectorate report in 2011 recognised Mary Hendersons valuable contribution to the school: the excellent personal development of the pupils and the high quality of the education provided are due to the strength of the leadership, strongly supported by the commitment and dedication of the whole staff.
Speaking of her decision to move on, Mrs Henderson said:
I have relished every aspect of my role as Head and have particularly enjoyed getting to know the girls and working with the girls and staff alike. Much has changed during the past 13 years and I am confident that I will leave the School in good heart and well placed for the future.
Chair of Governors, Mr Dermot McMeekin, added:
Mary has been a terrific Headmistress for the last 13 years, and has successfully presided over many key developments in Westonbirts history. She will leave the School in a strong position for the future. I speak on behalf of all the Governors past and present in thanking Mary for her passion and dedication to Westonbirt School, which I know has made a lasting difference to the girls and how they approach their lives and professional careers.
Head Girl, Fiona Vincent, commented Mrs Henderson knows every single girl in the school and has a personal relationship with each one of us. She has inspired and supported us amazingly as Headmistress. We wish her all the very best - she will be missed by us all.
Having achieved an outstanding report from the Independent Schools Inspectorate in 2011, along with excellent academic results (2011 saw the best ever GCSE results, with 61% A*-A grades) and ongoing investment in the school, including a new Music Technology Centre, Westonbirt School is indeed well placed for the new Heads arrival.