New headteacher announced for St Edward's Senior School in Cheltenham

Anna Sandford-Squires takes on the role of headteacher at Cheltenham's only independent day school, St Edward's, replacing Matthew Burke from September 2024.

By Zoe Gater  |  Published
A new headteacher takes the helm at St Edward's Senior School in Cheltenham from September 2024.

Gloucestershire independent school, St Edward’s Senior School, has announced the appointment of Anna Sandford-Squires as its new headteacher, effective from September 2024.

Based in the Charlton Kings area of Cheltenham, St Edward's is one of the county's most prominent independent senior schools for children aged 11 to 18, with the motto ‘believe, strive and achieve’ echoed in its ethos to provide a strong, nurturing environment to bolster academic achievement. 

The news comes after an extensive search for a successor to current headmaster Matthew Burke, who leaves for Jersey this summer.

Throughout her career, Anna has championed dynamic and ambitious curriculums, ensuring that every student receives the best possible education while nurturing their happiness and self-confidence as learners.

Her dedication to creating a culture of high aspiration and ambition aligns perfectly with the values of St Edward’s Senior School.

Anna expressed her enthusiasm for her new role, saying: 'I feel deeply honoured to be able to lead St Edward’s from September and I am very excited about the future. From the moment I arrived at the school, I experienced first-hand the unique atmosphere, warm community and spirited ethos.'

Bringing with her a wealth of experience, Anna possesses a remarkable academic background, including an MA and PGCE from Cambridge, a master’s in educational leadership from Leicester and an MBA from LSE.

She's honed her leadership skills over 20 years in various senior roles within the education sector. 

Not only known for her impressive qualifications, Anna is also recognised for her engaging presence and unwavering commitment to creating vibrant school communities.

Matthew said: ‘I have gained so much from leading this phenomenal community and have much to be grateful for as a result of my time here. I wish new headteacher Anna all the best and know St Edward’s is in capable hands.’ 

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