I’m delighted that you are taking the time to visit Channing again, at least online.  I hope that we will be able to welcome you back in person in the not-too-distant future.

As you will have seen from perusing the school website, I am the new Headmistress of Channing, and I am thrilled to be here. The school, staff, pupils and wonderful Channing community, of which the alumnae are a big part, have all welcomed me with open arms. I have been very happy to have the chance to listen to so many people’s hopes and ideas; I find the school, in its widest sense, full of positivity and excitement for the future. Please read my letter of introduction to alumnae for more information about me and my background.

In addition to developing a vibrant and valued programme of services and events for our alumnae, I am also keen to continue the excellent work which has already started in digitising the school’s archives. As an historian the archives hold particular appeal for me: they are a fascinating record of the school, its founders and alumnae. Please take some time to browse the selection already held here on our website.

You are all part of Channing’s story and I look forward to getting to know you and hearing about your time and experiences here. As you will appreciate, Covid-19 has changed the type of events we are permitted to host for our alumnae body. We are working with our fantastic Alumnae Committee to create a calendar of events that I hope you will enjoy: watch this space.

In the meantime, please feel free to contact Jade Francis in the Alumnae Office at with your questions and suggestions. Also, if you, your peers or family have any artifacts you would like to loan to the archives for digitisation, please do get in touch. 

With very best wishes,

Lindsey Hughes
Headmistress and Alumnae Association President

Join the Alumnae facebook group, you can also find photos from our latest events: Channing Old Girls

Your latest updates

It is with great pleasure that we present our presentation on The History of Channing (Click Here) that was part of Lauderdale House’s Heritage Weekend. We have delved into the school archives to find some interesting facts and great photographs to share with you – we hope you enjoy it!

We would like to know what you got up to during lockdown – did you learn a new skill, become involved with local charities/businesses, change your own business to respond to the crisis, learn to play an instrument, complete a ‘challenge’ or simply learn how to grow vegetables for the first time? We invite you to submit any photos, descriptions &/or short video clips of the above to share with our Channing community. These will be chosen and uploaded to the school website, Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook account for all to enjoy, and perhaps, be inspired!

Thank you to all of those who have already submitted updates, the Alumnae Office will be in contact with regard to using these in our upcoming Alumnae Newsletter.

Calling all alumnae with business experience!

Would you like to attend one of our a Young Enterprise sessions as a guest speaker to advise, inspire and talk to the Y13s about your experiences and achievements as an entrepreneur?

If you are interested or have any queries, please email

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Alumnae Display

We are both proud and privileged to have been loaned part of the exhibition  “How Do We Remember?’ by Adam Forman, which looks to explore the fallibility and longitudinal memory and memory of fleeting everyday experiences.

The pieces showcase some of the wonderful memories kept by Lady Forman (nee Mouilpied) herself (Channing alumnae 1927-32) and are presented through the artist’s own memories (son of Lady Forman)

About the Exhibition:

How do we remember?
Why do we keep memorabilia of our lives? Is it to remind ourselves of our past
 life? Or is it for others to remember us by?
“Memoirs let people fashion themselves into characters they want other people, if not themselves, to accept.”
(Maya Jasanoff The Dawn Watch p52 Biography of Joseph Conrad)

Helen de Mouilpied was born in 1914 and died in 1987. Thirty years later the material she kept about herself is presented by the artist through his own memories. Your own interpretation will confer significance to these memories. Why was this material kept and not other items? What has determined the selection from the material for this exhibition? That selection and assemblage is further opportunity for fallible interpretation and invention.How does this material trigger our own ways of remembering? Immersing ourselves in the details of past lives can reinforce our sense of presence and belonging in our own lives.This first part of the exhibition is made up of diaries, photos letters and other physical memories. Displayed chronologically it makes up the substance of one remembered life. There is a fallibility in the interpretation of what someone leaves behind, both by those who knew them and those who did not.I knew Helen de Mouilpied well but those who did not will interpret her life through memories from their own.

All the material in the exhibition had been kept by her. There is a strong local connection.The family lived close by at 47 Cholmeley Park for some of the most formative years of her life. She attended Channing School and later lived on Grove End Terrace at the end of the war and for the first years of her second marriage.
Adam Forman March 2019