New artistic headteacher for Bedales’ junior school next year

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A TRAINED inspector has been appointed the new head of a private junior school in Steep.

Jane Grubb, who is academic deputy head at Hurstpierpoint College Prep School in West Sussex at the moment, will take up her new job at Dunhurst – Bedales Junior School – in September.

The mum-of-two and trained Independent Schools Inspectorate inspector will step into the shoes of Penny Watkins who has been head of Dunhurst for six years and is returning to London at the end of the summer term.

Keith Budge, Bedales senior school headmaster, said: ‘I’m looking forward to working with Jane where her education experience will be a huge asset.

‘Penny will be leaving Dunhurst in excellent shape, and I have no doubt that Jane will pick up the baton and continue the evolution of our excellent junior school in educating – in the words of our founder – head, hand and heart.’

Mrs Grubb formerly lectured in art at Brockenhurst College and alongside her career worked part-time as a designer and sculptor, creating artefacts for HMS Victory and wax figures for the Jamaica Inn Museum.

For her masters in education, she explored how thinking skills can raise academic standards and levels of pupil engagement in lessons.