New headmistress announcement


We are delighted to welcome Mrs Rebecca Lyons-Smith as the new Headmistress of St Swithun’s Junior School.

Mrs Lyons-Smith was the deputy head at Stroud, King Edward VI Preparatory School, from2013-2016. As well as the day to day management at Stroud, she was responsible for pastoral care and played a significant role in the strategic development of the school.

Mrs Lyons-Smith was director of studies at West Hill Park School from 2011 to 2013, and head of English at Stroud from 2007 to 2011. Prior to that, she taught across the primary age range in both the maintained sector and internationally from 1997.

As well as a first degree from the University of Northumbria and a PGCE, Mrs Lyons-Smith holds an MBA from UCL. She sits on the governing body of a local state junior school and has recently become an inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

Rebecca lives in the New Forest with her husband Trevor, a consultant gastroenterologist at Southampton General Hospital, and her two step-sons, aged 10.