Anna Peak will be taking up her appointment as Housemistress of Mary Sidney Hall in September 2012, when Sara Hankin moves to the new post of Deputy Head (Academic Staffing).
Anna was educated at Gresham's School, Norfolk, and is a graduate of Exeter University. She is currently Head of Geography and a House Tutor at Loretto School in Edinburgh, and has 12 years' experience in boarding school education.
Anna has previously taught at Garden International School in Thailand, and at Epsom College, where she was an Assistant House Mistress. Her interests include a wide range of sports, and she has coaching experience in netball, hockey, lacrosse, basketball, athletics, volleyball, swimming and scuba diving. She is also a keen outdoor enthusiast, holds Bronze, Silver and Gold D of E awards, and enjoys music - she was a member of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, and has Grade 8 in singing and flute.
Anna and her partner, Simon, have two young girls, Willow aged two and Clementine aged five. Anna writes from Edinburgh "We are very excited about the move to Shrewsbury. We hope be able to meet as many people as possible before the start of the Autumn term, and have felt very welcomed by members of the school community we have met already."
Sara comments "I am delighted to have been invted to take up the post of Deputy Head (Academic Staffing) from September. I shall of course miss MSH very much, but I look forward to taking an active role in the planning and implementation of full co-education, bringing all our valuable experience gained in in MSH to the table.
"Before I leave, we will be holding a Old Girls' Reunion on 16th June so that we can celebrate the first four years of co-education, and I look forward to building on the successes of Salopian girls into the future. Anna is very much looking forward to taking over the House from September. Anna is energetic, experienced, and has a fabulous sense of humour - I know that she and her young family will throw themselves into the life of the House and that all the girls and their families will enjoy meeting them. They will definitely be coming here on Sunday 1st July for the Summer Barbeque, to which next year's girls and their families will also be invited."