Appointment of New Principal, Harrogate Ladies' College 15 Aug 2013

Mrs Sylvia Brett, who is currently Deputy Headmistress at Roedean School, has been appointed Principal at HLC.  Mrs Brett will take up the post at the start of the new academic year in September 2013 when our current Principal, Mrs Rhiannon Wilkinson, moves to become Headmistress of top ranking girls’ boarding school, Wycombe Abbey.

Sylvia Brett is a graduate of Durham University and has an MA from the University of London.  She has previous teaching experience at Caldicott Boys’ Preparatory School and Downe House girls’ school in Berkshire, where she was Head of Lower School.  She has also served as a Governor of St Aubyn’s prep school in Sussex.  Mrs Brett moved to Roedean, a renowned day and boarding school for girls, as Deputy Headmistress in 2008.

The School’s combination of a modern approach combined with traditional values has seen the School grow and prosper during a time of challenges for independent education.  Mrs Brett’s experience at prep school level with both boys and girls will enable her to make a major input into the future development of our co‑educational schools, Highfield and Bankfield.

Making the announcement, Mrs Sarah Pullan, Chair of Governors, said:  “We were incredibly impressed by what Sylvia Brett has achieved and her ideas to build on the positive changes and developments at Harrogate Ladies’ College that Rhiannon Wilkinson has put in place.  We believe that Mrs Brett’s strong leadership skills will enable her to inspire pupils and staff alike in developing an environment of lifelong learning.”

Mrs Brett is married and has a nine-year-old daughter. She enjoys singing and playing the piano and is looking forward to practising her drawing and painting skills in the beauty of Yorkshire.

Mrs Brett commented “From my first visit to Harrogate Ladies’ College I have been overwhelmed by the warmth of the welcome, the straightforward approach and genuine commitment of everyone I meet to ensuring the best possible experience for the pupils.  My family and I are very excited about coming to Yorkshire and I look forward to working with the whole school community to continue the development of Harrogate Ladies’ College so that it goes from strength to strength.”

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