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  Sophia Ashworth Jones will join Yorkshire’s Belmont Grosvenor School in
September following the
early retirement of current Headteacher Mrs Jane Merriman at the end of the academic year.
Originally from Harrogate,
Mrs Ashworth Jones is looking
The start of the Summer Term has seen the arrival of Claire Tao as the new Headmistress at
Merchant Taylors’ Senior Girls’ School.
Prior to her new role, Claire worked as a deputy head at the City of London School for Girls.
She started her career in investment banking in 1993 and holds an MSc in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics. She
forward to returning to the town.
Mrs Ashworth Jones, who is married with three children, brings a wealth of experience
to BGS which includes four headships over a 16 year period. She is currently Head of The Falcons School for Girls (3-11 years), in London. Her husband Andy is Head of Maths at St Paul’s School, London.
worked as an assistant director of HR for NatWest Markets up until 1997 and then Citibank. In 2003, after having her children, she retrained as a Biology teacher completing her PGCE qualification at Roehampton University.
Claire has 13 years extensive experience across a wide range of roles within independent schools, beginning at Old
Palace of John Whitgift School in Croydon and then Dulwich College Preparatory School before joining the City of London School for Girls in 2007.
Mr Jonathon Clark is the new Junior School head at West- bourne School, Sheffield.
Mr Clark re-joined Westbourne
Mrs Sarah
Buist has been appointed to
be the new Headteacher at Warlingham Park
School, Surrey, with effect from 1st September 2018. The present Headteacher, Mr Michael Donald will be retiring at the end of this academic year after 25 years of service to the school.
at Easter 2018, having previously been there for 10 years. He has worked in a number of indepen- dent and maintained schools.
Forest Schools and outdoor learning are areas that Mr Clark is keen to further cultivate.
Mrs Buist is currently Deputy Head at Oakwood School, Surrey, a mixed independent school for 3-11 year olds.
Mrs Buist graduated from Westminster College in Oxford in 1990 with a B.Ed. (Hons) degree and since then has worked in a wide variety of schools before being appointed Deputy Head at Oakwood.
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  Exhibition and auction
 Prior Park College, Bath, hosted an exhibition of paintings by its outgoing Artist in Residence, Peter Brown.
Peter, aka ‘Pete the Street’, has been Artist in Residence at Prior Park College since December and during his tenure has painted a selection of scenes from around the College, including key events within the College Chapel, and has been available to students for informal advice on ‘plein air’ painting. Twenty-eight of Peter’s paintings were exhibited including two
key pieces, which were superbly auctioned on the night by Prior parent and Bath Auction House director, Mr Jamie South.
This event was held to raise funds for Prior Park’s Chapel Appeal.
The school Chapel, Our Lady of the Snows, will soon celebrate 140 years since its consecration and is in desperate need of restoration and refurbishment. 50% of all sales will go towards the Appeal. Fifteen paintings have been sold thus far and, with additional revenue from the two auction pieces, the total raised for the Appeal to date is just over £36k.
Speaking about his time as Artist in Residence, Peter Brown commented, “This unique experience has been an absolute joy for me. The view from the bank at Prior Park College, with the Mansion, the Chapel and the gardens against the backdrop
of the city, is surely one of the most stunning views in Bath. I could paint that view a million times. I’m delighted to have raised some decent funds for the Chapel Appeal and hope people enjoy the paintings.”
Paintings and limited edition prints are available to view & purchase from
‘Keep the dream alive’
 Pictured: Peter Brown with PPC Head James Murphy-O’Connor and auctioneer Jamie South
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Award-winning radio star and author, Christian O’Connell, visited Sibford School, Oxfordshire, to talk about his life, career and his debut kid’s book, ‘Radio Boy’.
Christian told the children: “You are the most important people on this planet. You are the future. Enjoy the ride.”
Explaining how he had wanted to be a radio DJ since hearing Steve Wright at the age of 13 he said:
“I had a light bulb moment and thought ‘whatever he’s doing I want to do something like that’. It took me 13 years and numerous rejection letters telling me to give up on the
idea, but I hung on to my goal and got there in the end. You have to keep the dream alive.”
Christian began writing children’s books because he “felt like I had
a story to share.” He told pupils: “Most books begin with a question, and the glory of being a writer
is that in a book you can make anything happen and there are no consequences.”
Following the talk, which was
also attended by pupils from neighbouring primary schools, Christian took part in a book signing session.
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