New Headmistress at St George’s College, Weybridge
Mrs Rachel Owens started the Christmas Term 2016 as the new Headmistress of St George’s College, Weybridge.
She replaces Joe Peake, who recently retired after almost 22 years as Headmaster of the College.
Mrs Owens was previously Headmistress of St George’s School, Ascot and joins St George’s Weybridge as the largest independent Catholic co-educational day school in the country, with almost 1,600 girls and boys at both its College and nearby Junior School, the latter being run by Headmaster Mr Antony Hudson.
Educated at Somerville College Oxford, where she read History, she has a broad experience of schools encompassing both the maintained and independent sectors.
Within the latter she has taught at the academic powerhouse of North London Collegiate School and later was Vice Principal at New Hall School, one of the largest Catholic co-educational schools in the country. Having spent the vast majority of her career in the world of co-educational Catholic education, she is delighted to be starting at St George’s College, Weybridge.
As a governor at three schools, she brings a wealth of knowledge to St George’s, gained also through her work as a trustee of an HMC scheme bringing talented Sixth Formers from Eastern Europe to British schools.
Speaking of her arrival at St George’s College, Mrs Owens said:
“I would like to thank everyone for the wonderful and energetic welcome they have given me; I am quite amazed at the vibrancy of St George’s and the strong feeling of Georgian family spirit that I meet around every corner.
The way everyone – adults and students alike - treats one another here with mutual respect, support and compassion in a true Catholic, Christian, Josephite way is incredibly powerful.
I am really impressed with the happiness within the School and I admire the measured and able confidence that our girls and boys tend to display.”
2 September 2016