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In the art department, bursting with eclectic and accomplished creations, large picture windows revealed breathtaking patchwork pastures of Gloucestershire countryside. What inspiration! Pupils we met were all exceptionally well mannered and utterly charming. A little too steadfastly loyal and positive about their school? We were amused as ... 

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Since 2013, Susan McLean BSc, MA (50s). Born and educated in Michigan, USA. Awarded sports scholarship to Central Michigan University for BSc in special education. Father English, mother Canadian, piquing a lifelong interest in travel. Keen to discover British heritage, she crossed the Atlantic for a teaching exchange programme in Winchester. Further academia followed with degrees in elementary education and psychology, plus a master’s in administrative leadership. Taught at the American International School in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, staying on in Saudi to establish the early years and pre-prep British International School. A desire to return to the UK saw her take proprietorial headship of the Old Vicarage, Derby, from 2002 to 2007.

Perpetually seeking new challenges, Mrs McLean decided to leave education for the world of business but at the...

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