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New Head of HR for King Edward's Witley and Barrow Hills School

Published Tuesday 20th of September 2016 12:44:25 PM

Following last year’s merger between independent co-educational boarding and day school King Edward’s Witley (for pupils aged 11-18) and preparatory school Barrow Hills School, (for children aged 2-13), the Schools have jointly appointed Mrs Caroline Gallop into the newly created position of Head of Human Resources. Mrs Gallop, an accomplished HR practitioner who brings over 18 years’ experience to the role, will be applying her extensive skills and expertise - which have been honed in a number of high profile positions, including Head of HR for Krispy Kreme, and Head of HR for HMV Retail) - to a brand new school setting working for one of the Waverley area’s major employers (254 staff are employed across both schools). As Head of HR, Mrs Gallop will swap the daily commute to London for a half hour drive to the schools from her home locally. Commenting, Mrs Gallop says, “Throughout my career I’ve always gravitated towards working with strong established brands and although King Edward’s and Barrow Hills represent a departure from the FMCG and retail sector where most of my experience lies, they both present as compelling brands in their own right. The recruitment and retention of the highest calibre staff has always been a major priority for both schools given the intrinsic role teachers play in a child’s educational progress. One of the outstanding features of King Edward’s and Barrow Hills is the sense of community for which each school is renowned and it is this supportive, happy environment that represents such an attractive proposition to staff. In terms of King Edward’s, many have chosen to move their own families to live on site, embracing the opportunity to become part of the School’s wonderfully global community. The appointment of a Head of HR is a forward-thinking move by the Schools and I am working with my colleagues in a setting where the application of best HR practice will deliver enhanced tangible benefits to both pupils and staff.”
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