We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs Amy Wilson-Smith as the new Junior School Head at The Portsmouth Grammar School, from April 2020.
Amy joins us with considerable leadership experience both in the academic and pastoral dimensions of school life. She is currently Deputy Head at Brighton College Prep School, Abu Dhabi, which she joined in August 2015. Before moving to Brighton College Abu Dhabi, Amy was Head of Girls’ Boarding at Dunhurst School, Prep School to Bedales School, as well as Head of English.
Educated at Fettes College in Edinburgh, Amy went on to study at the University of York, graduating with a BA in Sociology and Education. She then completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Homerton College, Cambridge.
We are especially pleased to be welcoming Amy back to The Portsmouth Grammar School, where she taught at the start of her teaching career. After graduating from the University of Cambridge, Amy began teaching at Sherborne School before securing a post as a Year 4 Form Teacher in our very own Junior School in 2001. During her time here, Amy was Housemistress of Privett House, Head of Infants and a member of the Junior School’s Senior Leadership Team, until her departure to St. Wystan’s School, Repton in 2007. Amy is excited to have the opportunity to return to a school she knew to be a happy, welcoming, family orientated school where each individual is valued and nurtured, and to lead the Junior School through the next stages of its development.
“I am thrilled and excited to be re-joining The Junior School in April 2020,” said Mrs Wilson-Smith. “Portsmouth has felt like home to me since 2001 and I cannot wait to return. I feel privileged to be joining a highly dedicated team and very much look forward to meeting pupils, parents, staff and all within our wider community.”
Originally from Glasgow, Amy enjoys travelling to exciting and interesting countries together with her husband Rudi and daughter Josie, as well as watching any sporting spectacle – in particular, Formula 1 and the Six Nations. As a keen musician, she plays the violin and piano, and enjoys jogging and reading historical novels.
“The post attracted an outstanding field of applicants and we are delighted to have been able to appoint an individual of Amy’s calibre,” said Dr Anne Cotton, Head of The Portsmouth Grammar School. “We very much look forward to welcoming Amy back to The Portsmouth Grammar School as she prepares to take up her new role at Easter.”
We would like to express our sincere thanks to Mr Jason Ashcroft for so ably fulfilling the role of Acting Head this year. From Easter, Mr Ashcroft remains a key member of our Senior Management Team as Junior School Deputy Head. Thanks also go to Mr Chris Williams for his contribution as Acting Deputy Head this year.