New headteacher Zara Hubble had much to smile about as she welcomed pupils back to Northwood College for Girls after their impressive 2018 exam results.
Both pupils and staff had been celebrating over the summer break as the school had a 100 per cent A Level pass rate, with 50 per cent of those grades being A* – A, and over 70 per cent of their GCSE grades being at A* – A (or 9-7 equivalents).
Zara, who qualified as a teacher 22 years ago, admits that she is fortunate to take over the school at such a vibrant time. She said: “I am privileged to have inherited such an incredible school, and I am grateful for the opportunity to lead a formidable team of phenomenal students and hugely dedicated staff, who collectively make Northwood College a hub of energy, ambition and excellence.
The new head, who takes over from predecessor Miss Pain, insists that the school’s success is very much a team effort. She said:
“From nursery pupils to the powerful young women in our sixth form, from our catering team to our maintenance department, from our teachers to our support team – everyone plays a vital role in our school community and together we share the vision to do the very best we can for each and every one of our girls. I am proud that my role is to identify the strengths of each individual and empower them to achieve their aspirations.”
Zara has been a part of Northwood College for a number of years, and was pleased with the response to her appointment as head teacher. She commented: “I have met each member of staff individually since I began my induction and I am delighted to have been welcomed by a supportive, vibrant and warm community. The positive response to my appointment is testament to the fact that our girls and staff look after one another and rejoice in one another’s success.”
Northwood College said in a statement: “The girls and staff, who are accustomed to her high energy, creative and dynamic approach, are now looking forward to supporting her in taking the Independent Girls’ school from strength to strength.”
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