New Headmistress for St. Nicholas School

New Headmistress for St. Nicholas School

The staff and governors are delighted to announce that Dr Olwen Wright has taken up the role of Headmistress of St Nicholas’ School.

“I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to lead such a fantastic school in the next stage of its development. St Nicholas’ School has, at its heart, the nurturing of every individual and its philosophy of child-centred education is one that I share. I am very much looking forward to getting to know the staff, the pupils and their parents and am excited about how much we will achieve together.”

Dr Wright was a founding member of Sherfield School when it opened in 2004 and she held various management positions at the school, most recently Head of Seniors and Head of Boarding. As well as the day-to-day management of the senior school, she was responsible for pastoral care and safeguarding and played a significant role in the strategic development of the whole school. Dr Wright has been a Team Inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate since 2010 and has inspected a variety of day, boarding, single sex and co-educational establishments.

Dr Wright is a highly qualified and dedicated English teacher and has taught in both the private and maintained sectors. She has also lived and worked in a number of countries and has travelled extensively. Dr Wright has taught English Language and Literature GCSE, A Level and the International Baccalaureate. Until recently, she was a GCSE Language Examiner for Edexcel.

As well as an Educational Doctorate from Winchester University, through which she explored teachers’ knowledge of English grammar, Dr Wright also holds a Bachelors degree in English and a Masters degree in English Literature, as well as a PGCE in Secondary English.

Dr Wright is a committed, if slow, runner and enjoys keeping fit. Her hobbies include silver jewellery making and listening to music. She is married to Ian and has two daughters, one of whom will join St Nicholas’ School in September.


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