Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls (otherwise known as Habs Girls) has welcomed a new headmistress, Rose Hardy, who was previously headmistress at St Margaret’s School in Bushey
She said: “Habs students are citizens of our multi-cultural and richly diverse world and it’s our duty as a school to empower them to connect with that world. With continued uncertainty around the impact of Brexit, it’s also becoming more pertinent than ever for schools to open themselves up to new collaborative learning opportunities.
“As such, I’m also really encouraged to have begun the process of working more closely with Habs Boys’ School.
“It’s something that hasn’t been attempted historically, but it’s a very positive step forward and something I am very keen to see evolve in the future.”
Hardy sits on the board at the British School of Paris and hopes to use her international links to boost global opportunities for her students.
She also sits on the board for St Alban’s Cathedral Education Trust – a charity committed to delivering innovative learning programmes for adults and children that are accessible to all.
She was also the first female second master at St Alban’s School and read history at Somerville College, Oxford, before studying for a PGCE at The University of London. More recently she completed an MEd in educational leadership.
Hardy added: “I’m really excited about taking the school forward into the 21st century and building on its already strong reputation. It’s been a busy start to the new school year and yet the genuine warmth and kindness of the whole school community has been quite humbling.
“What is clear is that Habs is full of bright, caring and good-humoured students and, for such a large campus, it somehow manages to project the feeling of a much smaller, close-knit community, which is a rare and wonderful thing to be part of.”