SCHS’ Incoming Head pays the school a visit

Last Updated on : 3rd March 2023

Ms Cathy Ellott, BA (Oxon), MA (London), PGCE (Cantab) – who takes up the post of Head of Streatham & Clapham High School from this September – recently spent a day meeting with pupils and staff.

Getting to Know Senior School Students

Sitting down with some pupils at the Senior School, one of our students, Kai (U5) describes meeting the incoming Head:

‘I found my conversation with Ms Ellott comforting and I believe she has the school’s best interest at heart. I’m looking forward to more discussions with her, especially in regard to her views on diversity and inclusion.’

Prep School

Next stop was the Prep School, where in addition to meeting staff and touring the school, our future Head caught up with some of our younger pupils.

Octavia (Y4) observed:

‘She was really kind, the questions she asked were really kind. She asked us to share a fact about us. I talked about my dog, Zulu.’

Head Girl Shyanne (Y6) was also impressed, noting:

‘She’s really, really nice. She seems like she would be a really good Headmistress and answered questions in a way that children could understand. She can be serious but has a fun side to her. She says she likes trampolining.’

Indeed, as the Prep Pupil Voice delegation turned to matters of shared interest with their future Head, Ms Ellott made a disclosure which we can reveal here as a global exclusive scoop:

‘She can do cartwheels. She can do two in a row!’

A point that clearly impressed Anaia (Y5) and maybe even promises a new feature in the school’s annual Gym & Dance display!

The Prep girls kindly bestowed Ms Ellott with some goodies to welcome her to the family!

Getting to Know Senior School Staff

It was then back to the Abbotswood Road where Ms Ellott enjoyed lunch with some of her future colleagues across various departments.

‘Speaking with Cathy was thought-provoking and reassuring: she clearly has a genuine desire to celebrate and enhance the family ethos of the school. She took the time to speak with so many of us individually and understand our role and vision for the school, emphasising that she wants to listen to students and staff and use this to continue developing the fantastic academic, pastoral, and co-curricular provision at SCHS.’
Ms Camilla Simpson,
Assistant Head (Sixth Form)

Ms Ellott summed up the day:

‘I loved my day at the Prep and Senior Schools, having time to begin to get to know the girls and staff. It was wonderful to hear about what they love about the school and about their passions and aspirations, as well as what they want the school to do even better. Everyone was so kind and welcoming, and it has made me even more excited about our futures together as a community.’
Ms Cathy Ellott


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