New Headmistress of Channing Announced

The Board of Governors are delighted to announce that Mrs Lindsey Hughes has been appointed as the new Headmistress of Channing, starting on 1 September 2020.

Lindsey is a committed advocate of girls’ education. She comes to Channing with a wealth of leadership experience gained at two highly successful girls’ schools: she is currently serving as the Deputy Head of Lady Eleanor Holles in Hampton, South West London where she is responsible for all aspects of the school’s academic life. She previously served as the Director of Students at St Helen and St Katharine in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, where she was responsible for pastoral care.

Lindsey is an alumna of Cheltenham Ladies’ College and Warwick University where she read History which she then chose to teach. She maintains a keen and active interest in politics and international relations. In her spare moments she also enjoys singing, theatre, watching sport (especially cricket!) and walking her dog with her son.

Of her appointment, she says “I am thrilled to have been appointed as the next Headmistress of Channing and am honoured by the trust the Governors have placed in me. I knew of Channing’s excellent reputation before I applied and have found that the ethos and Unitarian values of the school chime completely with my personal vision of education. I believe wholeheartedly that happy girls learn best and will be delighted to uphold the school’s aim of girls enjoying success achieved without undue pressure. I look forward to getting to know the school even better over the coming year before taking up post in September 2020.”

The Governors are very pleased that Lindsey will be joining us and are confident that she is well placed to take Channing forward into the future, building on the current success of the School. We all look forward to welcoming her to the School.

Mrs Leslie, Chair of Governors, said: “Lindsey will succeed Mrs Barbara Elliott after 15 years as Headmistress of Channing. During her time in office, Barbara has led a period of exciting development at the school both in terms of its academic achievements, facilities and reputation and she leaves the school in excellent shape.”