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 A ‘Charm’ of  ve heads
The Kingsley School, Warwickshire, celebrated its 133rd birthday last month (September). The event, known as Founder’s Day, pays tribute to the school’s founder Rose Kingsley, daughter of Victorian author Charles Kingsley. The opening of the school in 1884 was ‘a dream realised’, providing educational provision for young women in Royal Leamington Spa and its environs.
The school celebrated with a visit from an ice cream van, which
provided a treat for pupils and staff across the whole school. The Head Girls also presented a special assembly detailing the school’s history and the legacy of previous headteachers.
The school were delighted to welcome back Miss Nesta Jones, Headmistress from 1961–1977, who had recently celebrated
her 100th birthday. Miss Jones attended an honorary afternoon tea alongside three other previous headmistresses, current
Headteacher Ms Heather Owens, and Chair of Governors, Mrs Julia Burns. The group shared stories
of their time at the school and decided that the correct collective noun for a group of headmistresses should be ‘a charm’.
Pictured (l to r): Miss Cynthia Fairhurst, Headmistress 1977–1988, Miss Christine Mannion-Watson, Headmistress 1997–2010, Miss Catherine Robbins, Acting Headmistress 2010, Ms Heather Owens, Headteacher and Miss Nesta Jones, Headmistress 1961–1977.
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A teacher at King’s Ely, Cambridgeshire, successfully completed one of the toughest Ironman Triathlon endurance events in the world.
Nadia Baker, who teaches Mathematics at King’s Ely Senior, took on the Ironman Wales last month (September). The gruelling challenge saw around 2,000 athletes battling it out in the seaside town of Tenby to conquer the ultimate physical challenge – a 2.4 mile sea swim, a 112 mile hilly cycle ride and a 26.2 mile hilly marathon run – all in under 17 hours.
Nadia, who lives in Sutton with her beloved Golden Retriever Milo, came 85th out of the 201 women who entered the challenge, after  nishing in 14 hours, 53 minutes and 57 seconds.
Nadia, who trains with local triathlon group, Ely Tri Club, said: “The day was truly epic and I enjoyed every second. There were crowds like I’ve never seen before throughout the entire course shouting my name and encouraging me every step of the way. Running along the red carpet through the  nishing chute to hear the words “Nadia Baker You Are An Ironman” amongst the roaring crowds was a moment I’ll never forget.”
Nadia not only took part to put her stamina to the test but to also raise funds for Beat, the UK’s leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders. To sponsor her, please visit fundraising/nadia-baker.
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     Akeley Wood School, Buckinghamshire, has a new Head – Georgina Mase eld.
Teaching since the 1990’s, Georgina has assumed various roles including advisory and consultancy, school inspections and managing head teachers. She
joins from Northbridge House in Hampstead, London.
      Mrs Susan Hayes is the relatively new Principal of Riddlesworth Hall School in Norfolk.
Mrs Hayes has had a long and varied career, working most recently as a trouble–shooting Associate Head for Minerva Education.
Firmly settled at Riddlesworth Hall where her son has been press-ganged into service as a Gap Student, Mrs Hayes has been tasked with restoring Princess Diana’s former prep-School to its former glory.
The School plans to take pupils up to age 16.
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