Jane Prescott was appointed Headmistress in September 2011 and has spent much of her career in girls’ schools. She believes in educating the whole person and developing in children an intellectual curiosity that inspires a lifelong love of learning.
As a classroom teacher of geography, she is committed to encouraging children to become analytical thinkers and to face their own challenges. Jane sees that a teacher’s role should ensure that girls become confident, happy and well-equipped to take advantage of every opportunity.
Jane has been an independent school inspector for many years and is a governor and trustee of a local maintained sector school.
Additionally, she is a trustee of the Education Business Partnership for Hampshire and of a local theatre as well as a member of the ISC Digital committee. Jane is married with three grown-up children, two of whom are teachers.
Samantha Price was educated at Malvern Girls’ College and Edinburgh University, where she read History of Art (with modules of European History). Having graduated, she joined the Tate Britain and was responsible for marketing for Members and Patrons and became heavily involved with the Patrons of what is now the Tate Modern.
She started her teaching career in 1999 as a History of Art and History teacher at Reading Blue Coat School, where she stayed for a number of years. She then joined King’s Canterbury as a Housemistress, History and History of Art teacher. Her next post was to be Deputy Head at Hereford Cathedral School and from there she became Head of Godolphin in 2010.
Samantha joined Benenden as the Headmistress in January 2014 and she has until recently chaired the HMC Wellbeing Committee and the GSA Boarding Committee but now stepped down from those responsibilities as she becomes GSA President-Elect. She is a Governor at two schools, one of which is the John Wallis Academy, Benenden’s partner school, where she also works very closely with the Head.
Samantha is married with a daughter and a son. Her husband is an Army Chaplain.
Sue was educated at a comprehensive school and read history and modern languages at Magdalen College, Oxford. She originally intended to become a lawyer but, following a year in France as a teaching assistant, she returned to Magdalen to complete a PGCE.
Her first teaching post was at the King’s School, a comprehensive in Peterborough before she moved to Marlborough College. During her time there she rose through the ranks becoming Head of Junior Scholars and Head of French, as well Deputy House Master of the boys’ boarding house.
From there, Sue moved to Gresham’s School to be Head of Languages and the girls’ boarding house and then spent seven years at The King’s School, Worcester, as Deputy Head – the first woman in the history of the school to hold this position.
Sue took up Headship of Bolton School (Girls’ Division) in September 2011 and has been Chair of GSA Education Committee. She was GSA President in 2019.
Antonia Beary was born in Cheshire and educated at Loreto Grammar, Altrincham and, after moving to Shropshire at a local comprehensive school. She went up to Trinity College, Cambridge to read Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, changing to English for her final degree. Having learnt to row with 1st & 3rd Trinity she subsequently represented the university and was Vice-President of CUWBC. Remaining in Cambridge after her PGCE in English and Drama and an MPhil in Education, she took up her first post at The Leys School, as teacher of English and Assistant Sixth Form Housemistress. Moving to Ampleforth College she taught English, was involved in drama and assorted publications, and was appointed Housemistress of the first girls’ House. In 2004 she became Head of Sixth Form at New Hall School and moved to Mayfield (formally St Leonards – Mayfield) as Pastoral Deputy Head in 2006. She was ‘upgraded’ to her current role of Headmistress in 2008. Antonia was formally the Chair of CISC [Catholic Independent Schools Conference], and is currently Honorary Treasurer of GSA which until recently involved being a Board member of ISEB. She is a governor at a local Catholic primary school and in any remaining spare time she enjoys travel, Shakespeare and champagne.
As GSA Chief Executive, Donna is responsible for working with Girls’ Schools Association members and other stakeholders to encourage high standards of education for girls and to promote the benefits of being taught in a largely girls-only environment. She took up her role, in January 2021, at a critical time in the education sector, supporting GSA schools as they shape and navigate their way through the ‘new normal’ which the coronavirus public health crisis has necessitated.
Donna Stevens was previously Head of Research for the Independent Schools Council, where she is responsible for overseeing a wide range of projects each year, such as the ISC Annual Census, the economic impact of independent schools on the UK economy, and the impact of independent-state school partnerships. As a result of this, and her knowledge of the ISC’s other work, she has gained considerable insight to the issues surrounding the independent education sector and the role it plays within the UK education sector as a whole, as well as internationally. She is a regular speaker at education sector conferences.
Donna has also worked in strategic consultancy, advising across a wide range of sectors on financial matters, communication and brand strategies. In addition, she has experience in the social sector, working with organisations such as The Challenge and Action Tutoring.
Donna has a degree in mathematics from the University of Oxford and a post graduate diploma in educational and social research from UCL. Outside of work, she owns and manages a successful performing arts weekend school which caters for 100 youngsters – including Donna’s own three children – and offers means-tested scholarships to local pupils. Donna also enjoys jogging and spending time with her family.
Jane has over 30 years’ experience in educational management and leadership gained working in higher education, state and independent education sectors. Jane is responsible for leading the development and delivery of the Association’s membership and inspection services and facilitating professional support and development for members and their schools. Jane’s base is in the Leicester office.
Jeven assists Vivienne Durham in the fulfilment of her duties. She is responsible for diary management and agenda planning, as well as operational tasks within the office.
Rachel has 30+ years’ experience in PR, communications and social responsibility. She has hands-on management responsibility for the GSA’s positioning, printed materials, media relations, and social media presence. She is instrumental in developing our ongoing diversity-in-engineering partnership (SeeMe) with Siemens. Rachel works from home in Bradford.
Imogen is responsible for the development and ongoing management of GSA’s digital presence, and the provision of digital communications from GSA. She is also responsible for all aspects of AV/Digital services at GSA events, managing the relationship with GSA’s IT support services and sourcing hardware and related services for all staff.