New Head for South Hampstead High School announced

Following Helen Pike’s move to Magdelen College Oxford, South Hampstead High School has just announced that Vicky Bingham will take over as Headmistress of SHHS from January 2017.

Vicky Bingham is currently Deputy Head (Academic) at Guildford High School, an academically selective school for girls aged 4-18 in Surrey. She has been in Senior Management roles there for the last six years. Guildford High is regularly one of the top five schools in the UK for its A Level and GCSE results. The Senior School was named Sunday Times Independent School of the Year in 2012-2013 and the Junior School was Sunday Times Prep School of the Year in 2015-2016.

Vicky has been responsible for ensuring outstanding academic results and teaching across the Senior School, but her role also involves close work with the Junior School. She has also overseen the transformation of Careers and Higher Education provision in the last six years. Her mission in the last couple of years has been to emphasise the importance of wider academic interests and preserving pupils’ love of learning whilst steering departments through wide- ranging examination reforms. She also places great emphasis on the issue of ‘academic wellbeing’.

Prior to Guildford High, Vicky was Head of Classics at St Catherine’s School, Bramley, another academically selective 4-18 girls’ school. During her six years there the Classics Department won three Good Schools Guide awards for its results. She started her career at Guildford High and spent three years there before moving to St Catherine’s. She ran the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme at GHS, which fostered a love of the great outdoors that has lasted throughout her career. She is a keen runner and walker.

Vicky was brought up and educated in Brussels before reading Classics at Keble College, Oxford, and then a PGCE at Cambridge. During her time at Oxford she was Vice-President (Librarian) of the Oxford Union. She is passionate about the importance of debating and introduced and coached debating before becoming a Deputy Head.

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