Kirkham Grammar welcomes junior school head

Kirsten O’Donoghue will take up the post in September

Kirkham Grammar School will welcome a familiar face when the new junior school headmistress takes up her role in September – Kirsten O’Donoghue attended Kirkham Grammar between the ages of 10 and 18.

She was previously headteacher of the junior school and primary phase at QEGS, Blackburn.

“I am confident that KGS continues to offer an unparalleled education,” said O’Donoghue, “and it is clear that every pupil thrives here. [They] are unobtrusively aware that they are part of a rather prestigious community, yet somehow maintain a charming modesty that sets them aside from other independent school pupils. I am proud to be joining such a special setting.”

Her two children will also be joining the school.


In related news: Glendower Prep will also welcome a new head in September, Nina Kingsmill Moore


O’Donoghue previously worked as an officer in the army contingent at Bedford School Combined Cadet Force, leading and assisting expeditions such as field weekends, camps and ski trips with senior school pupils.

“It is enthralling to observe [young children’s] acquisition of knowledge and vocabulary, their skills, talents and potential,” she added. “Their capabilities, even at such a young age, should never be underestimated. Given the right start in life, our children are capable of great things.

“Every child should know that they are valued and realise that what they say and do, and who they are, matters. Our school encourages independent thinkers that feel safe to test out ideas, make errors and find a route to success. They experience a curriculum here that is academically rigorous and packed with variety.”