The Bishop Strachan School Announces New Head of School

Judith Carlisle, Head of Oxford High School, UK, joins BSS for 2017-18 school year

TORONTO, Feb. 13, 2017 /CNW/ - The Bishop Strachan School (BSS) today announced the appointment of Judith Carlisle as Head of School, succeeding outgoing Head, Deryn Lavell. Ms. Carlisle joins BSS from Oxford High School, an independent day school for girls in the UK, with nearly 900 students spanning the ages of 4-18 years. Oxford High School is one of the top-performing independent schools in Britain.

Among her many accomplishments as Head, Ms. Carlisle is perhaps most widely known for a bold initiative called, "Goodbye Little Miss Perfect," the goal of which has been to teach students to make the distinction between high standards and "unhelpful perfectionism.'' She is also respected for her work in pioneering research-based, inquiry-oriented education for girls. 

Her illustrious career includes six years as Head of Dover Grammar School for Girls in the UK, where she guided the school to record-breaking A-level results and an International School Award. For the previous 14 years, Judith held progressive leadership roles at King Edward VII School and Whitley Abbey School.

"I am thrilled and honoured to be entrusted with the leadership of such a highly regarded school as BSS," said Ms. Carlisle. "The school's mastery of inquiry-based learning and emphasis on educating girls to be leaders is renowned throughout the international education community. My own focus, beliefs and values are entirely aligned with the BSS Culture of Powerful Learning."

The appointment of Ms. Carlisle is the result of a rigorous international search conducted under the leadership of the BSS Search Committee, chaired by Tony Gaffney, with input from a Faculty Advisory Committee, and contributions from the entire BSS community. The search was guided by Heather Ring of Caldwell Partners.

"The BSS Board is thrilled with the result of this search," said Cindy Tripp, Chair of the BSS Board of Governors. "BSS is a unique and academically exceptional school, having evolved over 150 years with a reputation for empowering girls to be leaders. We required a very particular mix of skill, experience, personality and energy, all of which Ms. Carlisle possesses."

Founded in 1867, BSS is Canada's oldest independent day and boarding school for girls, celebrating its 150th anniversary alongside Canada in 2017. Within a uniquely challenging, active and supportive environment, 900 girls in JK to Grade 12, from Toronto and all over the world, explore their potential and find their voice. Students aspire to the highest academic standards and develop the character and diverse skills required to thrive in today's marketplace.

SOURCE The Bishop Strachan School

For further information: Marianne Chilco, BSS Director of Communications,, 416-483-4325, ext. 1660


Organization Profile

The Bishop Strachan School

More on this organization

Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

CNW Membership

Fill out a CNW membership form or contact us at 1 (877) 269-7890

Learn about CNW services

Request more information about CNW products and services or call us at 1 (877) 269-7890