HARROGATE, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Harrogate Ladies’ College has announced the appointment of Mrs Rhiannon Wilkinson MA (Oxon) as its new Headmistress. Mrs Wilkinson will take over the post on 1st September 2009 from the current Interim Head, Mr Geoffrey Hazell.
Mrs Wilkinson joins Harrogate Ladies’ College from Haileybury School in Hertfordshire where she is currently Senior Mistress (Deputy Head). In her new role she will be Head of the Harrogate Ladies’ College group of schools comprising more than 620 pupils and including Highfield Prep School and Bankfield Pre School.
Mrs Wilkinson is a graduate of St Hugh’s College, Oxford with a BA in Modern History. She also holds a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) from the University of Bath, and an M.Ed in Educational Leadership and Management from the University of Manchester.
Prior to joining Haileybury, Mrs Wilkinson spent four years as Deputy Principal at Jerudong International School in Brunei and has also taught in Hong Kong, where she spent six years.
She will take over from Mr Geoffrey Hazell who took on Interim Headship of the school on 1st September 2007 following the early retirement of Dr Margaret Hustler.
Under his stewardship, Harrogate Ladies’ College has continued to deliver excellent examination successes, both at GCSE and A-level. On average, the school adds value of almost one and a half grades to every girl’s expected achievement at GCSE, in every subject.
Mrs Rhiannon Wilkinson will move to Harrogate initially with her husband Donald and her younger son. Her older son will join the family in Harrogate after completing his GCSE studies at Haileybury.
Chairman of Governors at Harrogate Ladies’ College, Mr Alan Skidmore, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Mrs Rhiannon Wilkinson to Harrogate Ladies’ College”.
“Her experience in both overseas and boarding environments is perfect for the Harrogate Ladies’ College group of schools and she is the ideal person to steer our development through this period of significant educational, cultural and economic change.”
Mrs Rhiannon Wilkinson said: “I am delighted to have been appointed Headmistress of Harrogate Ladies’ College and very much look forward to joining such a successful and happy community in September”.
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