New Interim Head appointed

March 8, 2017

The head of top Sussex school Burgess Hill Girls, Kathryn Bell, has decided to step down from her role due to ill health. She intends to resume her career in education as soon as she is fully fit.

Dr Alison Smith, Chair  of Governors at Burgess Hill Girls, paid tribute to Mrs Bell’s achievement. ‘Kathryn has led the school on an exciting journey to become what it is today, an outstanding educational establishment, fit for the 21st century girl.’

Current Deputy Head Liz Laybourn has been appointed Interim Head with immediate effect.

Mrs Laybourn joined the school as a newly qualified teacher in 1986. She became Deputy Head in 2006.

‘The school has developed me as much as we aim to develop the pupils. 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 at Burgess Hill. 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, said: ‘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.’

Dr Smith said: ‘Under Liz, the school is poised to further its journey of continuing development, innovation and outstanding academic performance.’