Rupert House Pupils Give Big Send Off to Head as She Retires

The pupils at Rupert House School said thank you to headteacher, Clare Lynas last week for her 7 years of dedication by performing a whole school, socially distanced flash mob in the school grounds. They sang Bruno Mars’ Count on Me led by year 6 pupil, Annabel Buff. Pupils also made her a farewell video, painted her a picture and made a number of bright, colourful cards. She was presented with numerous gifts from parents and colleagues, all wishing her a relaxing and happy retirement.

During her time as Head, Mrs Lynas has taken the school from strength to strength and managed it successfully through the last few months of lockdown introducing a widely praised remote learning programme. Her many achievements have included a widening of the curriculum introducing the Prep School Baccalaureate and Mandarin without losing any core subject time. She has restructured the school’s sports offering and paid particular attention to pastoral care with the introduction of mindfulness classes and the appointment of two mental first aiders and a school counsellor.

Achievements in art, music, drama and sport rose steadily under her leadership with pupils almost without exception gaining entry to the secondary schools of their choice and a record number of scholarships.

Charles Lowe, Chair of Governors commented “After 7 years of hard work and dedication Clare has left the school in very good shape with Rupert House rated as Excellent by the ISI inspection report earlier this year.  She has steered the school through the recent lockdown crisis with calm dedication and we have the highest number of new children joining us in September for many years. I am so pleased that we have been able to re-open the school to all pupils last month enabling the happy children that she leaves behind to show their gratitude in person for all that she has done for the school. We all wish her a very happy and fulfilled retirement”.

Clare said, “I have loved my time at Rupert House and I hope and believe that the school has moved forward.  All our parents have been enormously supportive of RHS and particularly of our approach to remote learning and to re-opening the school over the past few weeks.  I have very much enjoyed being part of the Henley community and I would like to thank our neighbours, and Phyllis Court in particular, for their support and forbearance over the years and especially in recent weeks.  I will miss the pupils and my colleagues very much and so I felt very sad on my final day, but it is exciting to look forward to new projects, including some mentoring work with other Heads and a Creative Writing Masters course.  One day, when travelling is easier, I will set off for India and the Far East, but that may have to wait for a while!”

Nick Armitage, currently Deputy Head at St Hugh’s, will be joining Rupert House as Headmaster in September.


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