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Despite arriving and making changes within weeks, she seems - to their great surprise, to have taken everyone - staff, parents, pupils - with her. She met all the pupils in groups of 10 and asked what could be improved. 'She won hearts and minds,' as one colleague put it. Interestingly, 20 per cent of the school's population is on the SEN register and we were told over and again how supportive the school is of eg dyslexics. Mrs King immediately enhanced the staffing and provision in general and the effects are obvious. 'Some of them are slow developers but they can be absolutely the children we want and do well by'...

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Since 2016, Frances King MA PGCE MA MBA (50s), and about as experienced a head as you'll find anywhere. The first woman to head this school. Educated at Ashford School, Kent, read theology at Oxford, followed, later, by a degree in philosophy and religious ethics plus an MBA in international leadership (ie headship) in the independent sector. She taught RS at Lady Eleanor Holles, Francis Holland (NW1), Guildford County and Tormead. Thence - as head - successively to Heathfield, Roedean and Beau Soleil in Switzerland. She's a bit of a one-woman Change Management Team, having overseen major adjustments in both her previous UK headships. This plus her recent headship in Switzerland must have made her the ideal choice, given Mill Hill's new international school, The Mount.

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