Prior’s Field’s boarding community was very grateful to alumna, and former Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education at Kent County Council, Mrs Sarah Hohler – our guest of honour at the planting of cherry, apple and plum trees in the school gardens on Friday 22 April 2016.
The initiative was part of the BSA (Boarding Schools’ Association) ‘Boarding Orchard’ project, which aims to create the largest orchard, by distance, in the UK, demonstrating schools’ commitment to growth and the environment.
Girls at the GSA boarding and day school, for 11-18 year olds, board on a full, weekly and flexible basis, with the youngest boarders aged 11, through to those in the Sixth Form who enjoy ensuite facilities in a separate Sixth Form House. Head of Boarding, Mrs Emma Picken, commented,
“We are delighted to be involved in this nationwide scheme and to welcome back Mrs Hohler for the occasion. For our boarders, from the youngest to the oldest, Prior’s Field is their home - it’s important to have areas of the school and its grounds that are intrinsically linked to them.”
From Prior’s Field’s foundation in 1902, boarding has been at its heart. In a March 2016 ISI inspection, its quality of boarding care was described as “excellent”. Inspectors found boarders to be “articulate, engaging and courteous” and highlighted the “atmosphere of trust, tolerance and friendship in the boarding houses”. The school was awarded the top rating, ‘excellent’, in all nine areas of inspection, including quality of teaching, of curriculum and extra curricular activities, and of pastoral care.
Alumna Sarah Hohler, an Oxford graduate, has enjoyed a career spanning teaching French in Ghana, publishing in Hong Kong, fundraising for young artists in New York and working for the British Council in Belgium as an English Language Assistant, before joining Kent County Council as an elected member in 1989. She lists her interests as cooking, bird-watching and gardening.Published: May 4 2016