Highworth Warneford School appoints new principal

By Barrie Hudson - 8 May 2024

  • Sophie Hesten

    Sophie Hesten

Sophie Hesten has been appointed to be the new principal at Highworth Warneford school from this September.

Miss Hesten is currently vice principal at Lydiard Park School in Swindon and so will be staying within The Park Academies Trust (TPAT) family of schools.
Current Headteacher Andy Steele is leaving Highworth Warneford to enjoy his retirement, having overseen an ambitious programme aimed at raising standards and attainment resulting in a strong set of GCSE results last year.  
James Nicholson, Interim CEO, The Park Academies Trust said: “Miss Hesten has already been working with Highworth Warneford as part of the Trust collaboration between our schools since September last year so she already knows many members of staff and pupils well. 

"She will be a dedicated and committed principal and we look forward to seeing her taking the school from strength to strength. 
"I would like to thank Andy Steele for all his hard work at Highworth Warneford. I know that everyone will miss him enormously and we all wish him the very best in his retirement.”.
Sophie Hesten said: “I feel extremely honoured and privileged to have been chosen to take on the new role. 
"I come with almost 25 years of education experience, the majority of my career has been spent in Swindon, including most recently as a vice principal. 
"I look forward to meeting parents, carers and pupils very soon and working with them to help our young people reach their full potential.”

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