Lisa Finch has been announced as the new Head of the Prep School at Ipswich High School.

Lisa, who was appointed following a thorough and rigorous recruitment process, will join the school in Easter 2019 when outgoing Prep School Head, Eileen Fisher departs for a new founding headship in China.

Mrs Finch has substantial and varied experience as a primary head and comes to Ipswich High School from her latest post as Headteacher of Stanway Fiveways Primary School in Essex. Her leadership has been described by an external review as “inspirational” and “dynamic” and she prides herself on leading by example via outstanding teaching practice.

Ms Carlin, Head of Ipswich High School commented, “We are thrilled to announce Lisa Finch as the new Head of the Prep School. She brings with her incredible commitment to Prep School age education and a wealth of leadership experience which will see our Prep School go from strength to strength.”

Lisa and her husband Sean have two daughters one of whom is in Year 10 at Ipswich High School, while the other is studying English Literature and Creative Writing at University. While Lisa’s background and degree specialism was Drama and Theatre, she is also hugely interested in PE and numeracy education and is a qualified SENCO.

Mrs Finch joins Ipswich High School at an exciting time as the school has recently welcomed boys into the prep School and Sixth Form and has begun to teach via the ‘Diamond Model’ approach, which is unique in Suffolk. In September 2019, the school will welcome boys into the Senior School as well as boarders into their brand new boarding house, The Dairy.

She said, “I am delighted to be joining Ipswich High School at such an exciting and progressive time in the school’s history.  I look forward to continuing to build upon the exceptional reputation of the Prep School as it grows and develops in the future.”