Welcome from the Head Mistress

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Mrs Hanbury headmistress talking with students outside
Enhancing the school experience, inside and outside the classroom

Lady Eleanor Holles (LEH) is a remarkable school. It is a school where girls successfully combine impressive intellectual endeavour with enthusiastic engagement well beyond academia. The girls’ public exam results and their sporting achievements are among the best in the country. Their musical and dramatic activities place them among the best of young performers. And most importantly of all, their stimulating and happy approach to all they do makes LEH a joy for me to lead.

There is so much more to LEH life than academic achievement: if young women left here with excellent exam results alone, we would be disappointed. Our goal is that LEH girls become expert learners, unafraid to tackle new and challenging ideas, prepared to take risks, and able to learn from failure.

Our school motto “Hope Favours the Bold” sums it up beautifully – at LEH, girls learn to be courageous and ever hopeful, optimistic and determined in all that they do.

Throughout its 300 year history LEH has produced many remarkable women. If you think your daughter would enjoy joining their ranks, please come and visit us. Only by seeing the school in action will you get a true flavour of all that an LEH education offers.

I look forward to meeting you in person.

Mrs Heather Hanbury
Head Mistress

LEH Headmistress walking with students in a corridor
About the Head Mistress

Heather Hanbury was educated at Princess Gardens School, Belfast and Edinburgh University where she read Geography. After a gap year she went on to Wolfson College, Cambridge and gained an MSc in Land Economy, spending much of her second year carrying out field research in Hong Kong, based at Hong Kong University.

She worked initially as a market analyst, and moved on to be a senior Management Consultant with Touche Ross, where she spent seven years. She ran the Corporate Fundraising Department of Voluntary Service Overseas for two years before embarking on her career in education. 

In 1995 Mrs Hanbury took a PGCE at the Institute of Education, London University. Her first teaching job appointment was at Blackheath High School where she progressed, via Head of Upper School, to Head of Sixth Form. She took on the same role at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls before being appointed Deputy Head (Staff Welfare and Development) at Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith. After five years in this post, she was appointed Headmistress at Wimbledon High School, where she led the school from 2008 to July 2014.

Mrs Hanbury’s main hobbies are cooking (with some skill) and playing bridge (with sadly little skill!). She is an enthusiastic traveller, regularly goes to the theatre and makes an annual pilgrimage to the Edinburgh Festival.  Her latest projects are: attempting to learn the trumpet and to re-learn the piano .... a (long) work-in-progress. 

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