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Liz Norris To Join St Swithun’s Prep School As New Head

Published by St Swithun's Prep School on Tuesday 25th of April 2023

St Swithun’s is thrilled to announce the appointment of Liz Norris as the new head of the prep school.

An experienced head of independent prep schools with over 25 years of teaching experience, Mrs Norris will join for the start of the autumn term 2023. She was selected from an exceptionally strong field of candidates following a thorough selection process.

Prior to being appointed, Mrs Norris was interim head of prep at St Helen’s School, Northwood and head of junior school at St Margaret’s School in Bushey, Hertfordshire. She was also responsible for pastoral care as phase leader and senior management team member at Bancroft’s prep school. Recently, she has worked as a private education consultant, supporting reviews on curriculum design and assessment protocols while also undertaking an MA in education.


Away from the classroom, Mrs Norris is a talented musician, playing the piano, flute and cello, and has been a youth leader at her local church.

Mrs Norris said, “I'm very privileged to be joining St Swithun's Prep as Head from September and look forward to leading the school as it continues to grow and develop. The school has such a wonderful setting and incredible facilities, and I'm keen to give pupils an educational experience that equips them for every aspect of life.

“Having leadership experience in two girls' schools, I understand how important it is to remove any perceived barriers that might hinder girls from achieving their best or embracing challenges. I have seen the passion that both staff and pupils alike have for the school and their commitment to the aims and ethos of St Swithun's. I look forward to meeting and working with the wider school community in the months and years to come.”

Jane Gandee, Headmistress at St Swithun’s said, “We are delighted to welcome Liz to St Swithun’s as our new prep school head. She was the outstanding candidate amongst a group of very impressive applicants. Liz will be joining at an exciting time with record pupil numbers this year and trailblazing initiatives such as the prep parliament which ensures every child has a voice in the development of the school.

“I’d also like to thank the outgoing head Jonathan Brough for the commitment, expertise and sense of fun he brought to his time at the school and wish him a well-deserved retirement.”

Find out more about St Swithun’s prep school at our open day on Saturday 10 June with the opportunity to tour the school and meet our specialist teachers. Email prepadmissions@stswithuns.com or call 01962835792 to book your place.

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