Introducing our next Head of School
Dear Members of the CHS Community,
The Board of Governors of Crofton House School is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Ena Harrop as the next Head of School effective August 1, 2019. Ena was selected following a rigorous and far-reaching process led by the Board’s Head Succession Task Force and supported by Perrett Laver, a leading international search firm.
Guided by the criteria that emerged from the community-wide consultation in the fall of 2017, the Board set out to identify an outstanding head with a passion for teaching and learning and the ability to lead a dynamic school in a fast-changing world. Attracted in particular by her knowledge of and belief in all-girls education, her track record of achievement and innovation, and her enthusiasm and interpersonal skills, the Board was unanimous in its conclusion that Ena is the right person to lead CHS forward. Her views on education are well aligned with our strategic plan and her naturally open approach and curiosity are a strong fit with the culture of the School. Born and raised in Spain and having studied and worked in the UK for over 20 years, Ena brings a breadth of experience highly relevant in our global society.
Ena currently serves as Head at the City of London School for Girls (CLSG) and the Executive Head, City of London Primary Academy. She is also a director of Lancing College. Founded in 1881, CLSG is a highly selective academic school in the centre of London for almost 700 girls, ages 7 to 18. During her time at CLSG, Ena has furthered the academic and co-curricular programs while placing wellbeing firmly at the heart of the school. She has also concentrated on developing a culture of professional learning and research among staff, creating opportunities for student leadership across the school and in the wider community, and growing their bursary program.
“I am utterly delighted to have been appointed as the next Head of Crofton House at this exciting stage in the School's history. I was thoroughly impressed by the strength of the School and its history of excellence and ambitions for its future”, says Ena. “Girls can be such a force for positive change. It is a real privilege to play a part in girls' education, and to see them step into their lives not just fully equipped to deal with the challenges ahead but also ready and willing to make the world a better place for all.” Ena was motivated in her decision to join Crofton House by the School's emphasis on curricular excellence and innovation and the opportunity to further develop the bursary program. She adds that “I have long admired from a distance the Canadian education system and its research.”
Ena is an exceptional linguist, fluent in English, Spanish, French and German. She holds a BA (Hons) in Classics from the University of Salamanca (Spain), an MA in Classics from the University of Salamanca and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Germany), an MPhil in Classics from Cambridge, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from University College London, and an MA in Education Management from King’s College London.
Ena is moving to Vancouver with her husband, Glenn, a math teacher and sports coach, and their three daughters, aged 6, 10 and 14. “As a family who loves the outdoors, we are really looking forward to all that’s available in British Columbia. My husband and the girls are as excited as I am, if not more so!”
Ena will succeed Dr. Dawson, following her 19 years of outstanding leadership and service to Crofton House School. The Board is very appreciative of Pat’s commitment and dedication to the School, and she will lead CHS through the 2018-19 academic year as engaged as ever. Ena will be at Crofton House periodically during the next several months in order to get to know the community, working closely with Pat to ensure a smooth and successful transition in the summer of 2019. The first of these visits is scheduled for the final week in October. As additional support, the Board has established a Head Transition Task Force.
I am most grateful to all of you who contributed to this important exercise. We look forward to welcoming Ena and her family to Crofton House School and to Canada.
Chair, Board of Governors
Tuesday September, 4 at 12:54PM
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