Video: New headteacher ‘thrilled’ to take up role at Farlington

The new headmistress at Farlington School feels both ‘proud and lucky’ at being appointed to the post she took on this month.

“I’m so thrilled because Farlington is such a fabulous school,” said Louise Higson, who was also deputy head for three years and acting head from June.

JPCT 101212 Louise Higson New head appointed at Farlington. Photo by Derek Martin

JPCT 101212 Louise Higson New head appointed at Farlington. Photo by Derek Martin

“I am very proud and lucky to be the new head and I’m looking forward to driving it forward to the future and looking at modern developments that can compliment what we do already.”

Ms Higson came to the school in 2005 and plans to maintain the school’s existing ethos: “We really look at educating for confidence,” she added.

“From reception right the way through to sixth form I think it’s great we take each individual girl and look at her strengths and her weaknesses so they can become well educated young women who can go out there into the world and make a real difference.”

The school currently provides boarding for 10 per cent of the pupils and has been accredited as a UK Top 50 Independent Girls Senior Boarding School in 2011 by Education Advisers Ltd.

She said: “I think it’s great. The boarding house just adds another dimension to the school.

“The fact that for some of the girls this is their home and it’s quite vital you have that integration between the day school and the boarding school so they feel very much part of the whole thing.”

The school also offers a range of extra-curricular activities including drama, art, music and sport.

A Mathematics graduate from Manchester University, Ms Higson took up her first teaching post at Calday Grange Grammar School in West Kirby for four years befor moving on to teach at the Sir James Henderson British School of Milan for two years.

She then taught at the Croydon High School for Girls before coming to Farlington.

She added: “I know the school, the staff, the parents so as a first headship that makes the job a little easier.

“So whether the girls want to study medicine at Oxford or do something completely different, it’s all about helping them achieve their own goals.”