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King Henry VIII welcomes first female headteacher.

Byline: Jenny Waddington Business editor

COVENTRY'S King Henry VIII Preparatory School has appointed its rst female headteacher. Gillian Bowser is set to take over at the helm of the independent school for three to 11-year-olds in September.

She will leave her current post as head at Alderman's Green Community Primary School at the end of this academic year.

Mrs Bowser will replace Nicholas Lovell who joined King Henry VIII Preparatory School, which is based on Kenilworth Road and is part of the Coventry School Foundation, as headmaster in July 2002.

Mrs Bowser is from Coventry and was a pupil at Coundon Court School before qualifying as a teacher from the University of Warwick in 1995. While undertaking her headship qualication, she was a leading teacher for numeracy with Coventry Local Education Authority.

She went on to be part of the leadership team that helped to bring Moseley Primary School out of special measures.

During her time at Alderman's Green, the school doubled in size with a PS7million new building and achieved its best ever OFSTED.

Mrs Bowser said: "Alderman's Green was my rst headship and I will be very sad to leave. It has been an absolute privilege to work with such inspirational pupils and hugely committed sta, and to be leaving it in excellent hands and in an outstanding position.

"I am really excited by this new opportunity at King Henry VIII Preparatory School. As part of the Coventry School Foundation, it has an incredible reputation and I share its values which centre on the achievement of excellence and the educational experience that goes beyond the classroom."

Mrs Bowser is the rst woman to be appointed headteacher within the Coventry School Foundation, and her appointment follows on from Julia McNaney recently becoming the rst female chairman of governors of Coventry School Foundation.

Mrs McNaney said: "Mr Lovell is retiring as headmaster after 13 years of exemplary service to King Henry VIII Preparatory School and Coventry School Foundation, and he will be sorely missed by sta, pupils and parents.

"C/e governors are extremely pleased to be able to bring Mrs Bowser to King Henry VIII Preparatory School."


New head Gillian Bowser with Julia McNaney at King Henry VIII Preparatory School

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:Mar 19, 2015
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