One of North Yorkshire’s leading independent prep schools has appointed a new Headmistress.
Sophia Ashworth Jones will join Harrogate’s Belmont Grosvenor School in September 2018 following the early retirement of current Headteacher Mrs Jane Merriman at the end of the academic year.
Originally from Harrogate, Mrs Ashworth Jones is looking forward to returning to the town and joining co-educational Belmont Grosvenor School, set in 20-acres of grounds at Swarcliffe Hall, Birstwith, and building on its recent Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) inspection which rated the prep school and nursery as both ‘excellent’ and ‘outstanding’.
Mrs Ashworth Jones said:
“I am joining Belmont Grosvenor School at a very exciting time and I am delighted to have been appointed to lead this wonderful school and take it forward into its next chapter. The recent ISI inspection, which rated BGS as both excellent and outstanding, the top gradings across the board, is a wonderful platform from which to build – I hope to bring my experience to enhance what is already here and work with pupils, staff and parents to take this exceptional co-educational prep school forward”
Mrs Ashworth Jones, who is married with three children, brings a wealth of experience to BGS which includes four headships over a 16 year period.
As Head of Leeds Grammar School Junior School Mrs Ashworth Jones helped plan its evolution into The Grammar School at Leeds between 2002-2008 before moving out of the area to run a large free-standing co-educational prep school. Following a period working in Melbourne, Australia, Mrs Ashworth Jones is currently Head of The Falcons School for Girls (3 – 11 years), in London.
She is very much looking forward to moving back to her home town of Harrogate, and bringing up her children, Leonora, 11, and twins Sonny and Athena, 7, in a more rural environment.
“As a family we love being outdoors and are really looking forward to getting out into the Dales. We are all really excited about living here again and enjoying a healthy and balanced way of life,”
said Mrs Ashworth Jones, whose husband Andy is Head of Maths at St Paul’s School in London.
Over the coming months, Mrs Ashworth Jones will be spending time at Belmont Grosvenor School alongside current Headteacher Mrs Merriman, who has been at the helm for 13 years and was instrumental in the development of it’s Magic Tree Nursery, which opened up the school to pupils from three months.
And she will be at the BGS Open Morning on Tuesday 8 May, between 9.30 and 11.45am, to meet current and prospective families.
Mrs Ashworth Jones added:
“Parents of prep school really really do want to be involved in their children’s learning, and their input makes a huge difference to the whole school family. I will be throwing open the doors and inviting them in as often as possible to share this very special chapter with their child.”
For more information or to request a prospectus, please visit www.belmontgrosvenor.co.uk
For more information contact Caroline Cook, PR Manager, at Belmont Grosvenor School on 01423 709622/07920 091923