Due to serious unforeseen personal circumstances, Mrs Lyndsay Hilton-Lang will no longer be able to take up the Headship of The Queen's School in January.
An interim leadership structure has been approved while a new recruitment process begins and Mrs Marion Ardron, Chair of Governors, spoke to staff and wrote to parents and prospective parents earlier today.
Mrs Hilton-Lang, currently Deputy Head of Exeter School, was appointed last year following the current Headmistress Mrs Clark’s appointment as Headmistress of North London Collegiate School from January 2018.
However she has now informed the Governors that she will not be in a position to take on the role.
Mrs Ardron said: “Lyndsay has told me how proud and honoured she was to be chosen for this prestigious role as the next step in her career, and how positive an impression the staff and girls at Queen’s had made on her. She is devastated that she will not be able to join us in January.
“On behalf of the school and the Governors, I would like to send Lyndsay our support and best wishes.”
The Governors will now undertake to re-commence the selection process so that a new candidate can be found as soon as possible. In the interim period, Mrs Joanne Keville, Deputy Headmistress, Curriculum, will step up as Acting Headmistress.
Mrs Ardron said: “Joanne will bring great drive and dedication to this role as well as providing continuity for the girls at school. She will be ably supported by Mrs Irene Jones who will continue in her role as Senior Deputy Headmistress, Pastoral. I would like to thank them both for their commitment to the school through this period of change.”
Examination results at Queen’s over the summer were outstanding, placing the school in the Times Top 50 schools for A-level performance and the top 100 for GCSEs nationally.
School leaders also say they are also very pleased with the outcome of their most recent inspection by the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate, which took place only last week. Detailed results will be published in due course.