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Introducing Mrs Deborah Bligh

The Governors of Mayfield School are delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs Deborah Bligh as Headmistress of Mayfield School from 1 April 2024.
15 Feb 2024
Mayfield School News
Mrs Deborah Bligh
Mrs Deborah Bligh

Deborah Bligh is currently Mayfield’s Senior Deputy Head, having joined in September 2023 from St Richard’s Catholic College, where she was part of the senior management team for 18 years, helping the school to rank in the top 2% of all state schools in the country for value added. She studied Theology at the University of Durham and completed a Postgraduate in Education at Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge. She has an MA (Distinction) in Educational Leadership, a professional Headship qualification (NPQH), and as a lifelong learner, recently completed a Certificate in Advanced Mental Health School Leadership (Level 4).

OC Lady Davies of Stamford, Chairman of Governors, said: “It gives me great pleasure to announce Deborah Bligh as Mayfield’s next Headmistress. She was the unanimous choice of the selection panel. Having already proved her leadership qualities as Senior Deputy Head since joining in September, she will, I’m sure, prove to be an inspirational Headmistress in the years to come.

“We have an exciting year ahead as we look forward to the opening of our new Health and Wellbeing Centre, which reflects the vital importance we place on the wellbeing of our school community. Mayfield recently celebrated its 150th Anniversary at The Old Palace, and as we look forward to the next 150 years, Cornelia Connelly’s vision of educating girls to respond to the needs of the age remains as relevant as ever. The governing body will be working with Deborah and our excellent senior team to prepare the school for its next chapter to ensure many more generations of Mayfield students, free from stereotyping, fulfil their potential and develop the skills and confidence to make a difference in the world.”

Deborah Bligh added,

"I am honoured to be taking on the role of Headmistress of Mayfield. I will always be grateful for the generosity of time and the guidance Antonia gave me in her final weeks and I am blessed to live next door to Sr Jean. Having the wisdom of two former headmistresses has been incredible and will fortify my determination to give only my very best to Mayfield Girls. I will always seek to cherish all that is precious and unique about Mayfield and know that a large part of this is our treasured Old Cornelian network.

"Since joining in September, I have felt very much at home in the school’s inclusive and welcoming environment. Mayfield’s Catholic ethos and values of joy, compassion and generosity are close to my heart and help to foster a great relationship between staff and pupils, enabling everyone to excel. A key priority for me is to listen to the voice of the girls and parents alike. As a lifelong learner I passionately believe in the highest academic standards and being ambitious for every girl. I intend to maintain and build upon the rich tradition of the school and prepare, as our foundress said, ‘every girl to meet the needs of the age.

"I very much hope to meet you in the near future and am always open to your thoughts and ideas so please never hesitate to contact me."

A keen theatre goer and performer, Deborah also enjoys skiing and walks in the countryside with her husband, Jamie, and two daughters, who both attend the school.

Jonathan Forster, Mayfield’s Interim Head added; “It’s a huge honour to have been Mayfield’s Interim Head and I very much look forward to working with Deborah to ensure a smooth transition of leadership. The school will be in good hands under her superb leadership. The sense of community at Mayfield really is very special and I will look back with great fondness on my time here.”


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