Mrs Patricia Woodhouse

Mrs Woodhouse has worked for over 25 years in some of the UK’s most prestigious and sought-after girls’ schools. She brings a wealth of experience at Senior Leadership level, with a genuine passion for and commitment to girls’ education and to the boarding ethos. 

A music graduate from London University, Mrs Woodhouse has held posts as Director of Music at Wimbledon High School in London, Sixth Form Housemistress of Queenswood School, Deputy Head at St Mary’s Wantage, Head of Abbots Bromley School for Girls and for 6 years prior to joining Surval was Headmistress at Malvern St James Girls’ School, which flourished under her leadership; ranked number 3 for girls boarding in the UK. Mrs Woodhouse is also a trained ISI Team Inspector, an experienced School Governor and a member of the Worshipful Company of Educators.

Mrs Woodhouse lists her interests beyond education and music as sailing, cats and high-end fashion. Before coming in to teaching Mrs Woodhouse held a successful career in the commercial sector, working in London for Ralph Lauren. This has given her a vital insight into what global brand-leader corporations are seeking in young recruits. 

Mrs Woodhouse says "My priority is to get our girls to where they want to be. Many will go on to hold significant positions in their own countries. Our bespoke and imaginative curriculum, the wonderful cultural experiences and enrichment opportunities, together with a stunning location make Surval the school where a girl can discover who she really is and will leave us fully equipped for the challenges of the modern world. Poise and self-confidence, together with a strong sense of social responsibility, remain hallmarks of Surval students, as witnessed by our growing number of alumnae who come to visit and fondly reminisce.

Our size, with current capacity for 60 girls aged 12-19, ensures each and every student is known personally, her particular interests and aspirations catered for. It also makes for a happy, international family-based community, with boarding at its heart; providing ‘outstanding’ (as accredited by AdvancEd) academic and pastoral care for girls from all over the world, for whom the school is a real home from home.

It is an honour to have taken on this role from Penelope Penney and a privilege to build on her achievements, to ensure that Surval is the destination of choice for further generations of girls, who will be leaders of the future."

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