New head of Burgess Hill Girls is announced

May 31, 2017

Top Sussex independent school Burgess Hill Girls has announced that its new head is Liz Laybourn, who has been Interim Head since May.

Mrs Laybourn took the helm following the resignation of Kathryn Bell, due to ill health.

Mrs Laybourn, whose new role begins with immediate effect, joined the school as a newly qualified teacher in 1986. She became Deputy Head in 2006.

She said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have been appointed to the role of Head and am tremendously excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for the school and its pupils.

“Burgess Hill is a beacon of excellence in girls’ education. Our aim is to create the women of tomorrow and to develop the ‘whole person’.

“Although Excellent examination grades are vital, but, at Burgess Hill we believe that an inspirational education is about so much more than that. A personalised approach to education provides each of our girls with the best learning path for them as individuals.”

She added: “We empower our girls to become confident, successful students, and to develop a sense of moral responsibility to their community and to society.

“We do our utmost to equip our girls to lead fulfilled and productive adult lives in a rapidly changing world.”

Mrs Laybourn said her long association with the school had proved inspirational to her career: “The school has developed me as much as we develop the children. The ethos of the school is such that every time I’ve considered going elsewhere, my heart has said no.

“I’ve never stood still. I’ve done what we encourage our girls to do: get involved, take on new ideas, seize opportunities.”

Mrs Laybourn, who is about to complete a Master’s degree in Education Leadership at Buckingham University, added: “I like to think my studies set a good example to the girls: it shows that we never stop learning and that education is for life.”

Chair of Governors Dr Alison Smith said: “I am absolutely delighted that the Governors unanimously endorsed Mrs Laybourn as the next Headteacher of Burgess Hill Girls. Her strength, knowledge and strategic thinking fitted perfectly with the school and its future. Under Liz, the school is poised to further its journey of continuing development, innovation and outstanding academic performance.”