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Angela Fairs appointed as new Riverston Head

Chatsworth Schools is delighted to announce the appointment of renowned school leader and educational innovator, Mrs Angela Fairs as the new Head of Riverston School and College, London from September 2023.

Riverston School and College was rated as ‘Excellent in all areas’ by the ISI Inspectorate in 2022. It has developed a best-in-class reputation as a wonderful learning environment for neurodiverse children with its multi-stream approach to education that includes a bespoke parallel curriculum to ensure every child fulfils their own individual potential.

The appointment was made by Chatsworth Schools following current Head, Mr David Ward’s retirement announcement last month where Mr Ward announced he’d be retiring at the end of the Summer term 2023.

Mrs Fairs is a passionate and experienced Headteacher, who believes in success for all, whatever that may look like for that person as an individual.

Angela’s background is varied and wide ranging within independent education having worked previously in the UK and internationally in teaching roles and senior leadership. In 2010 Angela was appointed Head of Dover Court International Junior School in Singapore, which was the “start of her inclusion journey”, and her international leadership career then took her to Jerudong International School in Brunei, Stamford American International School in Singapore and Budapest British International School in Hungary. 

Since returning to the UK in 2020, Angela has been working with independent, international and online schools’ CEOs, teachers, Boards and SLTs, to develop and implement strategy around innovative inclusion, best SEND practice and educational technology. 

On her appointment, Angela said “I am a very proud mother of three grown up children who are all neurodiverse, and have developed into incredibly successful happy young adults, full of positivity and self-confidence. I hope to lead everyone at Riverston to achieve more than they think can, and carry on the great work of David in building a caring and nurturing community.

I am really looking forward to meeting all the Riverston School students, staff and families and feel incredibly privileged to be joining this amazing school.”

Chatsworth Schools’ Founder and CEO, Anita Gleave said “I am confident that our new Head, Mrs Angela Fairs will continue Riverston’s journey of excellence and improvement and we know that Angela embodies the Chatsworth Schools principles of integrity, resilience and passion. There is no doubt in my mind that she will have a hugely positive impact on Riverston School and College and that she’ll inspire every member of the school’s community to fulfil their potential. 

It was of paramount importance to Chatsworth Schools to appoint an excellent Head to continue on from Mr Ward’s successful leadership of Riverston School and College. Angela’s track record speaks for itself and I am certain that she will take the school forward to new heights.”

On the news, Mr Ward said “I’m delighted to hear the news of Angela Fairs’ appointment as new Head at Riverston. She has a wealth of knowledge of various schools and is a current governor of a school with SEN provision. With Angela at the helm of Riverston School I know the school will continue to build on Riverston’s excellent reputation for Autism where each individual needs are met.”

For more information about Riverston School visit www.riverstonschool.co.uk.

For press enquiries message Andrew Elias, Director of Marketing and Communications, Chatsworth Schools – marketing@chatsworthschools.com.

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