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Our New Head

14 July 2021

Winchester House School and The Stowe Group are delighted to announce that Antonia Lee will be the next Head of Winchester House School. Antonia joins us from St Helen’s School, an academically selective London 3-18 school where she is Head of the 490-strong Prep School and sits on the Executive Team for the Prep and Senior Schools. She has taught in all boys, all girls and co-ed schools, teaching from 3 to 18 year olds; and has successfully prepared young people for Oxbridge entry and scholarships to a range of schools such as Magdalen College School and Cheltenham Ladies College. She has also been a GCSE Geography examiner. Antonia currently serves on her District Committee for the International Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) and was the Association’s inaugural Sustainability Subject Adviser. She is also currently a Governor at The Iffley Academy.

Antonia was educated at Eastbourne College as a Sixth Form Boarding Scholar and went on to St Hugh’s College, Oxford. She read Geography alongside rowing for the college 1st VIII and serving as Vice President of the Oxford University Rag committee in its most successful year ever at the time. She then completed her teacher training at Homerton College, Cambridge. Antonia has an adult son and daughter who are both at university. She is a keen sports fan (particularly cricket, rugby, tennis and athletics), an amateur artist, theatre goer, rambler and skier.

Antonia says, ‘I am thoroughly looking forward to getting to know all members of the thriving and energetic Winchester House School community - from parents to governors and staff to residents of Brackley. But, most of all, I am excited to get to know all the wonderful, clearly highly engaged, energetic and high attaining pupils. I will support and cheer them on in every way I can.

From the moment I stepped over the Winchester House threshold and came across four amazing young pupils performing an impressive song and dance routine, saw some of the wonderful buildings as I toured the School and looked over an impressive array of academic work, I knew that I would be energised by and honoured to lead Winchester House through the next stage of its, no doubt, successful journey.’

There will be an opportunity for all parents and staff to meet Antonia next term at a series of ‘Meet the Head’ events before she takes up her post in January 2022.