8 May 2018
She will take over the post from Miss Alison Jones who has served for 28 years as Head and who retires this summer. As only the fifth Head in the School’s history, she is keen to build on the strong ethos of this lay Catholic community, which believes that the nurturing of each individual is at the heart of education.
Mrs Ryan comes to the school with a wealth of experience in a number of independent schools, and with a knowledge of the city after studying for her first degree in Oxford, at Hertford College, reading English.
Mrs Ryan said,
“Building on Rye St Antony’s enviable reputation for the personal development of its pupils, enabling them to grow as individuals, is a key priority for the School going forward. Pupils learn best, and develop their varied skills, when they are known and supported. It is also essential that they grow as people who respect and support one another, and the communities of which they are part, and I look forward to ensuring that they are fully and actively a part of the wider community in which they live. We want all our pupils, to make the most of their talents and be in a position to use these to make a difference in the world beyond school.
Speaking of her new role, Mrs Ryan said; “Oxford is a very important place for me, having studied here at University, and the proximity to history and culture in the city provides really excellent opportunities for the pupils living and studying here.
“I am very much looking forward to bringing both my experience in teaching and pastoral care to Rye St Antony.