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It’s hard to describe the very special atmosphere at Rye without making it seem like an anachronism (it’s not at all) but something of the pioneering spirit of its founders, Elizabeth Rendall and Ivy King, lives on. On the wall in Miss Jones’ bay-fronted study is the most wonderfully evocative black and white photo of Miss Rendall, the school’s first headmistress, sitting thoughtfully at her desk, cigarette in hand. Miss Rendall and Miss King started the school in a house on the Woodstock Road in 1930...

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Headmistress

Since 1990, Alison Jones BA (apparently early 60s although her skin says 20 years younger). Read English at York followed by PGCE from Oxford from whence she cut her teeth teaching English at St Mary’s School, Cambridge, ultimately rising to head of sixth form. More chairperson than CEO, a figurehead and embodiment of Rye’s value system, ably supported by a dynamic senior management team comprising some impressive young blood. Which is not to say Miss Jones is old fashioned – quite the contrary. Despite her tenure and the fact that she is only the fourth headmistress since Rye’s foundation in 1930 she comes across as open minded and progressive (‘very straight talking’, according to parents), speaks with passion about overturning gender stereotypes and is bang up to speed when it comes to modern day...

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