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Richard Smith Appointed Principal of St Gabriel's

The governors are delighted to announce that they have appointed Mr Richard Smith as the new Principal.  He will take up his post in September 2016.

Mr Smith is currently Deputy Head Pastoral at Headington School in Oxford, an independent day/boarding school for girls aged 3 to 18.  Mr Smith began his teaching career at Highfield Prep School, before moving to Framlingham College and Gravesend Grammar School for Girls, where he taught English.  In 2004, he moved to Headington School to become Head of Sixth Form, before taking up his current role in 2008.

Mr Smith graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an MA (Hons) in English and History before gaining a PGCE in Secondary English at the University of Cambridge.  In 2013 he completed a MEd in Educational Leadership.

Mr Smith said “I am delighted to be joining St Gabriel's in September as the next Principal and look forward to leading it to further success by building on the excellent work done by Alun Jones. All my dealings with the school have shown it to be warm and caring, with exceptionally strong relationships; qualities that I believe are vital in assisting young people to achieve their potential. I have been particularly impressed by the hugely positive atmosphere; there is a clear sense of pride in all aspects of academic and extra-curricular school life. I am very much looking forward to working with the governors and staff, as well as meeting parents and, of course, most of all I am looking forward to getting to know the pupils.” 

Visitors to St Gabriel's quickly recognise that this is no ordinary school. Parents are always impressed by the sense of purpose and enthusiasm of the talented, committed staff and the confidence of the extremely happy pupils. We offer girls the opportunity for a seamless journey from Nursery through to Sixth Form, with our boys leaving us at the age of 11 for their senior schools.

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