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New Prep School Head at Loughborough Amherst School

A new Head of the Preparatory School at Loughborough Amherst School has been announced, intent on leading a number of changes as part of a major refurbishment and a move towards full co-educational status.

Elizabeth Winton joins Loughborough Amherst School, part of the Loughborough Schools Foundation, with more than 12 years of experience working in state schools. She will work alongside the School’s Headmaster, Julian Murphy, to uphold the delivery of education excellence for Key Stage One and Two pupils while significant changes are made to the curriculum, structure and overall look of the School.

Amherst joined Loughborough Schools Foundation in September 2015 and is undergoing a school-wide refurbishment. It will also move to full co-education status in September 2019, which will allow both girls and boys to carry on their studies at the School from Reception through to A Levels.

Commenting on her appointment, Elizabeth said:

“The whole of Loughborough Amherst School is going through an exciting period of change which I am delighted to be a part of. The School has a rich heritage of providing educational excellence, and from my very first visit I could feel the strong sense of the community ethos that surrounds it.

“In the years to come, I plan on building strong links with other schools, and working incredibly closely with pupils’ parents and families too.

“My experience has been in state schools, so the transition to the independent sector has been interesting and I am keen to embrace this new challenge and all it offers – especially the flexibility in the curriculum. Steps are already in place to review our current curriculum, so that we can ensure that we are providing deep and rich learning experiences as well as nurturing the confidence and building the resilience of all pupils – with a particular focus on mental health and wellbeing.”

Prior to joining Loughborough Schools Foundation, Elizabeth worked at the Sacred Heart School in Loughborough, where she progressed to become Deputy Head after starting her teaching career there in 2006. As well as being a qualified Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Elizabeth is a Senior Leader in Education for the use of data and assessment and also works as a Foundation Director (or trustee) for the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust.

For more information about the upcoming changes to co-educational status and the refurbishment at Loughborough Amherst School, please visit

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