Manor House School’s new incoming Headteacher Tracey Fantham plans to make technology a greater part of the girls’ education.
Digital technology is transforming work and social life “at an explosive pace”. Teachers must prepare their students for this, she told parents at the school’s latest Open Morning.
“The world is a very different place to the one I grew up in. I have to agree with the novelist Arthur C Clarke – ‘We must educate our children for their future, not our past’,” said Ms Fantham, who will take over leadership at Manor House School in September.
She is part of the Apple Educators Programme: “I consider myself lucky to be invited by Apple to share my vision and experiences with leaders and educators from around the world.”
“Careful inclusion of technology as a learning tool within a controlled and safe environment is something that I am looking forward to developing further here with the staff and students.
“Hard work always produces results and academic success will always be at the top of my agenda. Without doubt, excellent exam results open doors and change lives,” she added.
Manor House, a selective independent school for 2-16-year-old girls in Bookham near Leatherhead, Surrey, offers highly individualised learning and outstanding pastoral care in a smaller school setting.
“Manor House is truly exceptional. When I first visited the school, I immediately recognised the warm family ethos and stimulating learning environment that inspires the girls to achieve their very best,” said Ms Fantham.
“Girls here learn and develop their talents in the most beautiful setting. I see how they thrive in an all-girls environment.
“They learn together and develop the confidence to take risks. They choose any field of study without stereotypical influence, grow in emotional intelligence and show compassion for others while honing leadership skills for the future.”
Manor House School has a reputation for building confidence in the classroom and enabling every pupil to achieve of her best academically – as well as for its students’ achievements in music, drama and sport.
Ms Fantham is one of just two Surrey Secondary Headteacher ambassadors for the Youth Sports Trust, championing excellence and participation in sport, particularly for girls.
As an ex-county hockey player, Ms Fantham now plays competitive tennis and enjoys triathlons. She is looking forward to sharing her passion for sport and developing the sports provision for the girls at Manor House.
Manor House School will be holding another open morning on October 1 2016. Families are welcome.