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St Mary's Shaftesbury - New Head Appointment

Published Friday 10th of July 2015 02:16:27 PM

Mary Arnal BA. MSc. PGCE FRSA, has been appointed as the new Headmistress of St Mary’s Shaftesbury, in Dorset; the sister school to St Mary’s Ascot and St Mary’s Cambridge, from 1st January 2016. Mary was selected as the outstanding candidate amongst an extremely strong field. With experience of two headships and governor of two schools, Mary is an exceptional candidate and was selected unanimously by the governors for having the vision, energy and experience to take the school forward. Currently Principal of Sherborne International – part of Sherborne School in Dorset, she has established excellent partnerships abroad and devised an approved Master plan for the future development of the school. Previously, she was Head at St Teresa’s Prep School in Surrey and prior to this she was Senior Housemistress at St John’s School Leatherhead where she was also an English and Psychology teacher for 10 years. She oversaw the academic and pastoral welfare of the Sixth Form Girls boarding house, including their successful admission to the university of their choice. An Applied Linguist with a Master’s degree from Edinburgh University, a senior teacher and university lecturer, Mary has taught in both the private and maintained sector; her specialist subjects are English Language, English Literature, Psychology, Philosophy and Spanish. Her teaching has also taken her abroad where she worked at the Mary Ward Catholic College’s in Spain for over 7 years. A Catholic, she describes herself as British by birth, Irish by blood and Spanish in spirit! She is governor of St John’s School Leatherhead and Hillcrest International School, Kenya. Mary has been proprietor of an International Summer school in Ireland, experienced in business and finance and holds a diploma in Marketing from the University of Ulster. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is a qualified examiner and inspector. Married to mathematical analyst, Don Antonio Arnal, she has two sons. For more information please contact, Charlotte Stephens @ cstephens@stmarys.eu
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