Boys need to see women in powerful roles, says school’s first female head

The first female head of a leading London boys’ school has said she hopes her appointment will help students  get used to seeing women in positions of power. This is from the Evening Standard

Sarah Fletcher, who takes over at the £13,800-a-year City of London School for Boys next year, said pupils needed both male and female role models to prepare them for the world of work.

Mrs Fletcher, 50, said she was not daunted by being the first female head at the school.

When she takes up the position, she will also become only the second woman ever to head an all-male school that is part of leading private schools group the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference.

She said: “It didn’t cross my mind. I honestly believe that it’s what the school stands for that is the most important thing.

“There are more and more women in leadership positions. When the students leave school they will have to interact with women as they do with men, so it’s important they should have women as well as men as role models.”

She added that her style of leadership would not change after moving from her current school, the co-educational Kingston Grammar School, where she has been head for four years.

Mrs Fletcher was educated at a comprehensive school in Wantage, Oxfordshire, and her first teaching job was at all-girls’ Wycombe Abbey School. She has also taught in boys’ schools.

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Does Sarah Fletcher make a good point about the importance of children – perhaps especially those at single-sex schools – seeing both men and women in powerful roles? Please let us know what you think in the comments or on Twitter…

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  1. BramRaider

    SchoolsImprove Why doesn’t she see the role of HT at primary school as a powerful role? Many are female. As are many Secondary HTs.

  2. katiecpd

    Wargamer204 SchoolsImprove Boys (and girls) need to see women in high profile positions of authority and NOT only as mothers!!!

  3. JoNoGo

    SchoolsImprove No. Boys need to see good leadership from men and women in all kind of roles. Emasculation & infantilism needs to stop!

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