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Headmistress, Portsmouth High School GDST
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.
Headmistress, Benenden School
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 an 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.
Head, Bolton School (Girls’ Division)
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.
Former GSA President
Headmistress, St Mary’s School, Cambridge
Charlotte Avery is Headmistress of St Mary’s School, Cambridge, an independent girls’ day and boarding school, educating students from age 4 to 18. She was appointed in September 2007.
Educated at St Paul’s Girls’ School and St Anne’s College, Oxford, Charlotte has an MA in Education Management and a National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). She was a member of the Ministry of Defence’s Research Ethics Committee for seven years until March 2013 and a Local Authority Governor for a maintained Church of England primary school for four years until December 2013. Charlotte is a member of the governing body for St Bede’s Inter-Church School, Cambridge. She is also a Council member representing the independent sector for the ASCL (Association of School and College Leaders).
Charlotte began her career teaching English and Drama at Newstead Wood, Orpington. She then moved to South Hampstead High School and became Second in Department before transferring to Norwich High School, GDST, as Head of English and Drama and subsequently Head of Sixth Form. In 2004 she was appointed Deputy Head (Pastoral) at Highgate School and oversaw its successful transition towards full co-education and the transfer of senior school entry from 13+ to 11+.
It was while teaching at Highgate that Charlotte met her husband, Pierre Pillet who was Head of MFL; subsequently he took on the Head of the Language faculty at Sevenoaks School before moving to Cambridge as Deputy Head of King’s College School and more recently, Head of the MFL Faculty at the Perse Upper foundation; they have an adopted son.
Charlotte has been a proactive and valuable member of GSA for a number of years, serving as Chair of East Region, a member of the Education Committee and as GSA President in 2017.
Former GSA President
Head, Headington School
Caroline Jordan took the appointment as Headmistress of Headington School in September 2011, having previously been Headmistress of St George’s School, Ascot, since September 2005.
Caroline was educated at St Helen and St Katharine School, Abingdon, going on to read geology at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. After a period of working in the commercial sector, she decided to enter education and completed her PGCE (Science) at the University of Manchester. She was Head of Sixth Form and Deputy Senior Housemistress at Wycombe Abbey School before becoming Headmistress at St George’s School, Ascot.
Involved in education at both a regional and national level, Caroline is a former Chairman of the GSA Education Committee, a board member of the Independent Schools Examinations Board, a former co-opted member of the GSA/HMC Joint Universities Committee and was the 2016 President of the GSA.
GSA Chief Executive
Vivienne began her career in 1983 at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls. Thereafter, she worked at Godolphin and Latymer School for Girls and Guildford High School before becoming Deputy Head of South Hampstead High School GDST in 1997.
She served as an accredited ISI Schools Inspector from 1999 to 2015. For more than 25 years, Vivienne has been a school Governor, including day, boarding, prep and co-educational schools. She was awarded “Best Head of a Public School” in September 2014 (Tatler Awards).
From September 2004 until December 2015, Vivienne was Head of Francis Holland School Regent’s Park, overseeing an expansion in the school’s roll and considerable improvements to its site and facilities. After two years as director for a schools’ consultancy, Vivienne was appointed as GSA’s Chief Executive of the Girls’ Schools Association (GSA) in 2017.