11th August 2020 — Mrs Laura Hall, currently Deputy Head at the City of London School for Girls’ Prep School, will be joining Queen’s College Preparatory School (QCPS) in Portland Place, London as the new Headmistress from the start of the Michaelmas Term, 2020.
Mrs Hall has a first-class degree in History of Art from the University of Bristol, with a PGCE and an MA in Education from the University of Hertfordshire. After university, Mrs Hall spent two years travelling the world on cruise ships, giving lectures to international audiences on 19th century American and European art. An opportunity then came up to work in the primary school on the Isle of Mull which she had attended herself as a child. The Head, who had previously taught her when she was a pupil, encouraged her to move into teaching and she subsequently moved to London to undertake her PGCE. Mrs Hall joined City of London Girls’ Prep School in 2012 and was appointed Deputy Head in 2016.
“I am delighted to be joining QCPS, having long admired Queen’s College’s heritage as a pioneer of girls’ education. My first impressions of the preparatory school confirmed that my educational values were aligned with the school’s ethos: I wholeheartedly believe that happy children thrive. Meeting the engaged, calm and smiling girls and staff confirmed that this was a home of hygge - conviviality and cosiness. I am excited to work with the pupils, staff and parents to develop the school’s prestigious academic standing for a new decade and I very much looking forward to getting to know the school community better before taking up my post in September.”
The current Headmistress of QCPS, Mrs Emma Webb, is leaving to take on a new challenge overseas as the founding Head of a new international school.