New Headmistress at WGS

Withington Girls’ School is to have a new headmistress with the start of the academic year in September. Mrs Sarah Haslam, previously the School’s Deputy Head, is looking forward to taking up her new role, which sees her succeed her predecessor Mrs Sue Marks as the eleventh headmistress of WGS.

Mrs Haslam joined Withington in 1995 as a teacher of English, becoming Deputy Head in 2007. In addition to her subject teaching, she has had experience in a variety of areas of school life, including Head of Years 10 and 11 and, as Deputy Head, has had lead responsibility for Pastoral Care and Safeguarding. She is also an Independent Schools Inspector, an Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel lead trainer and has been a Governor of another independent school.

A graduate of the University of Lancaster, with teaching qualifications from Sheffield, Mrs Haslam has a keen interest in the Arts and also loves the outdoors, particularly hill walking and sailing.

She said, “I am thrilled to have been appointed Headmistress of our wonderful school and am very much looking forward to taking up the role.

Mrs Haslam has been replaced as Deputy Head by Ms Jen Baylis, Withington’s current Head of Drama, who herself is a former WGS pupil, having left in 1992 and returned to Withington as a teacher of English and Drama in 2001.

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