Fulneck School Announces New Principal


The Trustees of Fulneck School are delighted to announce the appointment of Francine Smith as the new Principal of Fulneck School from 1st September 2021.

Francine will be moving to Fulneck in August from her current position as Deputy Head (Academic) at Westholme School in Blackburn. Like Fulneck, Westholme is an independent co-educational school for children aged 3-18.

Francine is a very experienced teacher and highly qualified school leader. Prior to moving to Westholme in 2014, Francine was Director of Sixth Form and Head of Careers at Northampton High School, Head of Economics and Politics at Stowe School and a teacher at Bishop Stopford School. Francine also had a previous corporate career before moving into education.

Outside school, Francine has a keen interest in music, singing in various choirs, and in tennis and skiing. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, member of the Royal Economics Society and a governor at a primary school in Blackburn.

Francine is looking forward to meeting all our pupils, parents and staff in September:

“I am very excited to be joining Fulneck School. I have been really impressed by the friendly welcome and family ethos of the school. It is a privilege to be given the responsibility of leading this brilliant school and I am confident that, as we come out of the pandemic, the school will continue to grow and thrive. I am also looking forward to further getting to know the Yorkshire way of life!”

One of Francine’s early tasks will be to appoint a new Head of the Junior School. In the meantime, Miss Kryssy Marlowe will continue as Deputy Head of the Juniors, responsible for driving and developing teaching and learning, the curriculum and our assessment processes, and reporting directly to Francine.

Current Principal, Paul Taylor, who leaves Fulneck School to become Secondary Headteacher at Kings’ School Al Barsha this summer, said: “I am really pleased to be handing this very special community over to Francine. She appreciates the strengths of the school and will continue to promote our ethos of “Work Hard, Be Kind”. Francine is also ambitious for the school and knows that many of the academic processes and extra-curricular initiatives that we have put in place recently must be built upon over the coming years.”

The Trustees and Governors of Fulneck School are looking forward to working with Francine over the coming years to ensure that the school continues to provide excellent educational provision for every child.


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