Highfield Appoints New Head

Highfield Appoints New Head
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The selection process for the new Head of Highfield concluded this week and I am delighted to report that my fellow Directors and I have appointed Suzannah Cryer to take on the role from September 2022.

Suzannah previously worked at Highfield as Head of Drama from 2012, adding the role of Head of Boarding in 2016.  She was outstanding in both these roles and many will remember in particular the wonderful Year 8 productions she directed, as well as the warmth, energy and happiness of the Boarding Community under her leadership, and the sensitivity with which she supported children and their families.

Suzannah left in July 2019 to become Deputy Head at Thomas’s, Battersea, where she has held a wide range of leadership responsibilities over the past three years.

Suzannah and her family will live on site in the Head’s House. Bob Cryer, her husband, has his own career as an actor and writer. When Suzannah ran the Boarding House at Highfield, Bob was both a source of support and, when his work commitments allowed, an enthusiastic participant in school functions and events. Returning to Highfield, he is keen to play an active part in support of Suzannah and the wider school community, helping to ensure a successful transition. Their daughters, Hope, Martha and Connie, all contributed greatly to life at Highfield in the past – Hope as a regular volunteer in the Boarding House; Martha and Connie as children in the school.

I am very excited about working with Suzannah over the coming years, building on the incredible platform she will inherit from Phillip and Jo. Throughout what turned out to be a long and demanding selection process, she demonstrated great insight in how education is evolving and offered an exciting and compelling vision of how we can develop both our curriculum and our approach to teaching and learning to prepare children to thrive in an ever changing world.

We hope to be able to organise opportunities over the coming months for as many of you as possible to meet Suzannah. We very much look forward to welcoming her and her family back to Highfield next September.

Bill Mills

Chairman, Highfield and Brookham Schools

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