New Head's Appointment

We are delighted to announce that following a rigorous selection process, Mrs Patricia Woodhouse has been appointed to be the next Headmistress of Surval Montreux from September 2016, as Mrs Penelope Penney is to retire end of this academic year. Mrs Woodhouse was appointed from a very strong field of candidates and is currently Head of Malvern St James, a leading girls’ boarding school in the UK.

Surval has benefited hugely from the strong leadership of Mrs Penney over the past four years; her expertise, coupled with her strategic leadership, has seen the school become a leading light among international boarding schools. The outstanding report from AdvancEd following their review of Surval in the Autumn Term has nominated Surval as ‘an exceptional school’. Finding a worthy successor for Mrs Penney was a daunting task, but CEO of Bellevue Education, Mr Mark Malley, believes that Mrs Woodhouse will build the school even further.

“In Mrs Woodhouse we have appointed a very experienced and highly regarded successor to Mrs Penney and look forward to welcoming her to the school in September. I know that she will bring wealth of experience, coupled with great leadership and a genuine commitment to girls’ education and to the boarding ethos. Malvern St James Girls’ School has flourished under her leadership; ranked Number 3 for girls’ boarding in the UK in 2014, her senior girls’ academic achievement last year enabled them to take up places at universities ranked in the top 5 in the world”, Mr Malley comments.

Mrs Woodhouse has worked for nearly 30 years in excellent girls’ schools in the UK, mainly in the London area, before becoming Head of Abbots Bromley School for Girls in 2005. She took up her second headship at the highly regarded Malvern School for Girls, (MSJ), in 2010. Mrs Woodhouse holds a BA (Hons) in Music from the University of London, and has a real passion for teaching and for the family environment of a girls’ boarding school. She is a trained ISI Team Inspector and an experienced School Governor, currently Chairman of the Education Committee of a boarding school in the UK.

Mrs Woodhouse comments, “I am looking forward to the unique opportunity offered by this Headship, as well as living in such a beautiful and inspiring location. I care passionately about creating the kind of school and boarding environment which nurtures students and gives them the confidence to succeed. My priority is to get students to where they want to be. Over a long career in education, I have learnt what makes girls tick, and what makes a good school an outstanding one. I hope that I will build on all that Mrs Penney has achieved, so that Surval is the destination of choice for future generations of girls. I am looking forward to meeting all of the Surval students and parents in September.”

We look forward to welcoming Mrs Woodhouse to Surval Montreux in September 2016.

Please click on the links below for a short biography and a selection of blog posts and press mentions.

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