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A new Head teacher has been appointed at Derby High School.
Amy Chapman was formerly Deputy Head teacher
at the school for two years and takes over the role from Denise Gould, who is retiring after 32 years in education and six years at the school.
Assistant Head teacher Annie Jordan has been appointed as Deputy Headteacher in Mrs Chapman’s place.
Mrs Chapman attended Nottingham Girls’ High School until the age of 18 when she went to The University of Nottingham to study Industrial Economics.
Summer Fields School, Oxfordshire, has announced the appointment of Joanna Chapman as Head of its new pre-prep school, opening in September 2018. Ms Chapman joins Summer Fields from Knightsbridge School in London, where she has been Head of the Junior School and Pastoral Lead since 2015.
Originally from the Thames Valley, and educated at Exeter
She completed a PGCE in Economics and Business Studies at the University of Warwick and began teaching at Harry Carlton Comprehensive School – now known as East Leake Academy. She was a Business Studies and Economics teacher and became acting head of department.
A move to Arnold School in Blackpool followed and she went on to become Head of Economics and Business Studies at Cheltenham College.
Mrs Chapman then took up a role at Gordonstoun in Scotland, where she was Housemistress in charge of a boarding house and taught Economics and Business Studies.
and Winchester Universities, Ms Chapman has over 10 years’ experience of educating young children, including 5 years in senior management positions.
Summer Fields pre-prep will open its doors to boys aged 4 – 8 in September at its own premises within the school’s 70-acre site in North Oxford. Renovation works are well underway and on schedule to complete in July.
Tim Cannell, formerly head at The Prebendal School in Chichester, West Sussex, has
been appointed the permanent headmaster at Parsons Green Prep in Fulham, London. Tim started at PGP in September 2017 and was covering Mrs Helen Stavert’s maternity leave.
Tim has a wide variety of experience in education with over 25 years within the independent sector.
He has had responsibility for both pastoral welfare and academic
Derby Grammar School have announced Dr Ruth Norris as their new Head who will start in
post in September.
Dr Norris is currently Director of Academic Excellence and Head of History at Denstone College. Prior to this she has been Assistant
excellence in schools. He is a former chairman of the Choir Schools Association (CSA), a member of IAPS (the Independent Association of Prep Schools), a governor of a boys’ prep school and an inspector for the ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate). He also holds a Masters in Educational Management.
Outside school, Tim’s hobbies
and interests include walking
and being outdoors, gardening, watching and taking part in sport, exploring new restaurants and renovating an old barn.
Head at Lich eld Cathedral School.
Dr Norris read History at
Robinson College, Cambridge
and completed her Doctorate at University College, Oxford. She represented both Oxford and Cambridge universities in the sport of fencing, and competed at British National level.
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Next generation of female business leaders
 St Margaret’s School for Girls, Aberdeen, has hosted a ‘Women in Business Conference’, in association with Aberdeen Business School at Robert Gordon University, to attract the next generation of female business leaders.
The event was attended by 67 girls from 7 different schools. Pupils from Cults Academy, St Machar Academy, Bridge of Don Academy, Portlethen Academy, The Mary Erskine School, and St George’s School for Girls joined forces with St Margaret’s pupils to engage with
the opportunities available to them in the business world.
The full day conference saw Professor Elizabeth Gammie, Head of Aberdeen Business School, discuss the ongoing gender disparity at board level, the progress being made and opportunities for the future. Erica Cargill, Academic Strategic Lead Management at Robert Gordon University, joined Professor Gammie later in the afternoon to host a Q&A session.
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