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New leader for GSA
The Girls’ Schools Association (GSA) has appointed former head Vivienne Durham as its new Chief Executive with effect from August.
As Chief Executive, Mrs Durham will be responsible for working with the Association’s members
to encourage high standards of education for girls and to promote the bene ts of being taught in a largely girls-only environment.
The GSA’s members consist largely, but not exclusively, of the Heads of independent girls’ schools and prep schools. Its associate membership includes retired former members, state schools, co-ed independent schools, school governors and other professionals with a genuine interest in the education of girls.
Mrs Durham was educated at Chichester High School for Girls and St Hilda’s College Oxford and
The Principal of Jersey College for Girls, Carl Howarth, is the latest school leader to join the GSA.
Carl was born and educated in Nottingham and has a degree from University of Cambridge as well as an MA from Leeds University. His  rst teaching post was on the Channel Isle
of Jersey and he is now in his ninth year of headship at Jersey College for Girls.
Carl is married to Fiona and
they have one son (12) and
one daughter (15). He is also a governor of the Institute of Law, a member of the Lions Club of Jersey, and a trustee and director
has committed her entire working life to the education of young women. She began her career
as an English Teacher at The Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls (‘Habs’) in 1983. Thereafter she worked at Godolphin and Latymer as a Teacher of English and Head of Year for  ve years. She was Head of English and Drama
at Guildford High School for two years before returning to Habs as Head of English and Drama. In 1997 she became Deputy Head of South Hampstead High School GDST.
From September 2004 until December 2015, Vivienne was Head of Francis Holland School Regent’s Park, overseeing an expansion in the school’s roll and considerable improvements to its site and facilities. She is currently a director for London-based consultancy Enjoy Education.
of The Jersey Employment Trust, which is dedicated to supporting people with disabilities and long term health conditions  nd meaningful employment.
Commenting on his appointment, Carl said: “Leading an all-girls school is a privilege and joining the GSA network of leading girls’ schools across the UK, which works so hard for its members, will be bene cial to our students and staff. We are excited about the opportunities our membership will bring, the schools and head teachers we will meet and share best practice with, and the welcome we will give to all those who visit Jersey.”
Careers guidance
Farlington School, Sussex, ran its  rst ‘Farlington Futures’ event which brought back former pupils to the school to participate in a careers event for the current students.
which included Law, Medicine, Finance, Retail and Business. Years 7 to 10 visited workstations in the Learning Zone, run by the alumnae, focusing on different skills, such as communication, time management, problem solving, as well as hands-on CPR. The Year 11s and Sixth Form interviewed the old girls in a ‘speed dating’ format in order to deduce their occupations. The returning girls then revealed their professions and gave a talk about their own career paths and experiences.
All the Senior School girls
took part in the day which
included hands-on workstations,
networking opportunities and
a chance to gain  rst-hand
knowledge from alumnae working
today. The 14 returning girls’
gave an insight into their careers
Pictured: Alumni with head Louise Higson and assistant head Alison Binns
Guide dog  nds home in school
The Maynard School, Devon, has welcomed a new recruit this term with the arrival of Nula, a former working guide dog who has recently retired from service and is looking for a more relaxed lifestyle.
“The Junior School girls absolutely adore her and she has settled in just brilliantly,” said Keagh Fry, Year 4 teacher and of cial guardian for Nula. “Being an ex-guide dog means she is impeccably well behaved and she is just lapping up all the fuss and attention from everyone at the School. It couldn’t have worked out better!
“Each class takes it in turn to walk her during break and lunch times and it’s just such a sweet sight watching them all totter off happily with their dog!”
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