The Head Mistress

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.