The Trustees and Governors are delighted to announce that after an extensive and rigorous recruitment process, Mrs Joanne Smith has been appointed to take the helm of leadership from Mr Karl McCloskey, as Principal of The Marist School, from 1st September 2019. 

Mrs Smith is an established leader within the education sector and can draw from a breadth of teaching experience, both in the UK and abroad.  Her career to date has covered senior schools and all through schools, state and independent and is a Senior Examiner for AQA.  She is an advocate of ‘Experiential Learning’, ideal for developing the emerging outdoor education curriculum in The Marist’s wonderful grounds.

Ann Nash, Chair of Governors said: “We were pleased to have three outstanding final candidates, all of whom were available to commit to us in our timescale.  Mrs Smith impressed us at each interview she attended and her enthusiasm for teaching and learning was apparent from the minute we met her.  Her passion for excellence, in particular academically, was clear and following the summer handover, we believe she will lead the school with strength and conviction from day one.”

In her previous post as Deputy Head Academic at Arnold Lodge School, Warwickshire Mrs Smith led the leadership team to academic success. The last ISI Report commented that the “quality of pupils’ achievements and learning is excellent.”  In addition, she has spent the past six years as Chair of Governors for St Peter’s Catholic School, Leamington Spa. 

Joanne Smith said: “I am thrilled to be joining The Marist School in September. From my first visit I was impressed with what a wonderful school it is and felt a real sense of happiness and kindness from everyone I met.  I was struck by the palpable strong work ethic and positive relationships shown between pupils and teachers.  The Marist values resonate with me, both personally and professionally, being strongly aligned to mine as a committed Catholic. I am originally from the area and was educated at Wycombe High School and have family nearby.  As a mother to three teenage daughters, the education of girls is of paramount importance to me and one I am passionate about. I am looking forward to meeting the parents, staff and most importantly, the girls very soon.”

Karl McCloskey shared his own good wishes adding: “I am sure that Joanne will experience and enjoy the warmth of welcome as well as the continued support of the staff, parents and girls alike across the school community.  The Marist is much more than just a school and as I ‘pass on the baton’ to Mrs Smith, I'm sure an exciting and successful new chapter will begin.”