When she retires next year Felicity Lusk will have led Abingdon School for six years and will have overseen a period of considerable change and development, including the abolition of Saturday school and the building of a new science centre, which opens later this year.
When announcing her retirement to the school community Miss Lusk said: “I shall be retiring from the headship of this wonderful school having completed almost 20 years as a head, both at Abingdon and at Oxford High School, and having enjoyed a career in education spanning some 40 years.
“The realisation that I shall celebrate my 60th birthday later this year has spurred me on to look to the future. But there is still much work for me to do here and I intend to make the most of my remaining time and enjoy all that this school represents, does and achieves.
“Education and how schools are led may have changed considerably over the decades since I first stepped into the classroom, but what hasn’t changed is the inherent nature and aspiration of young people as they navigate their way through school careers and adolescence to whatever they make of their adult lives.”
Adrian Burn, the chairman of governors at Abingdon School, said: “It is with reluctance that we contemplate the loss of such an impressive and effective leader. Felicity will be a very hard act to follow. It must in many ways have appeared a considerable challenge when she agreed to become the first female head of a leading all-boys day and boarding school, but she has certainly risen to that challenge.”