New headteacher will take the reins at ‘friendly’ school

Lynn Clarke, the outgoing headteacher of Wykeham House School in Fareham
Lynn Clarke, the outgoing headteacher of Wykeham House School in Fareham

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AN EXPERIENCED teacher will be taking over as head of a private school as the current incumbent announces her retirement.

Jane Humble has been appointed as the new headteacher of Wykeham House School in Fareham and will take up her post in September following the planned retirement of current headteacher Lynn Clarke.

Miss Humble is currently managing director of Belvedere Schools in Liverpool and prior to this she was headmistress of Belvedere’s Preparatory School.

She said: ‘I am delighted to be taking up the post of headteacher at Wykeham House School.

‘My impression even before I arrived was that this is a school where every pupil is valued and enabled to achieve. During my initial visit, I was struck by the warmth and friendliness of the school and the real sense of community engagement.’

Miss Humble has served as a head in London and Liverpool and has been employed for more than five years by the Girls Day School Trust.

Originally from Australia, she has lived in the UK for 15 years and is moving from Liverpool with her family.

She added: ‘I know I have a solid foundation to build on from the achievements and successes of the current head, Mrs Clarke and her team. I will strive to enhance the talents of all young people at our school.’

John Charles, chairman of the board of trustees at Wykeham House School, said: ‘Having worked both as a headmistress and within the education business, Miss Humble brings the qualities, ability and experience to build on the excellent work carried out in the last nine years under Mrs Clarke’s leadership.

‘Mrs Clarke has made a tremendous impact on the school since she was appointed nine years ago and leaves it in a very strong position, typified most recently by the superb inspection report and the successful opening of the boys’ school.

‘She will be sadly missed by pupils, parents, staff and trustees alike.

‘We wish her every happiness in her retirement.’