3rd February 2020 — The Chair of Governors, Mr David Batten, with the unanimous support of the Governing Body is delighted to announce the appointment of Jane Evans as the new Headmistress of Bruton School for Girls with effect from September 2020. Nicky Botterill, the current Headmistress will be stepping down in the summer after eight successful years at the helm.
Jane was appointed from a very strong field of applicants, following a thorough recruitment process. She will be joining the school from Queen’s College, Taunton where she is currently Director of Outreach and Partnerships.
Jane was educated at Bath High School for Girls and King Edwards, Totnes. She graduated from Surrey University with a degree in English and Dance and a PGCE in English and Drama. Jane’s first post was teaching English and Drama at Guildford High School for Girls. She left the school to gain extensive educational experience as an examiner and also in running departments in both independent and state schools. Jane courageously stepped out from full time teaching to bring her vision for creativity and education together when, with her husband Steve Eaton Evans, they founded Jakes Ladder Theatre Company. In addition to her professional stage credits Jane also worked as a consultant on educational projects with organisations such as The National Trust, BBC, Longleat and Abbotsbury.
On returning to full time education Jane was appointed as Assistant Head and Head of Sixth Form at Queen’s College. She has enjoyed many adventures with her promotion to Director of Outreach and Partnership at Queen’s. She has travelled extensively, partnered with global and local businesses as well as leading the admissions and marketing of the College. Jane has a passion for developing learning beyond the classroom and is determined to keep creativity at the very heart of all educational activities.
Chair of Governors, David Batten, said: “Jane impressed us all with her vision and ideas and we are confident she will be an inspirational Headmistress and role model for the girls. The Governing Body are fully committed to supporting her with the resources needed for this endeavour.”
Jane’s appointment comes in the year that Bruton School for Girls celebrates its 120th anniversary.