Heather­ton wel­comes new head

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

PUPILS started their new year by wel­com­ing a new head­teacher to their school.

Deb­bie Isaach­sen has been ap­pointed as the new head­teacher at Heather­ton House In­de­pen­dent Girls Prepara­tory School, in Amer­sham.

She re­places Peter Rush­forth, who re­tired in De­cem­ber af­ter more than 12 years as head­teacher of the school.

Mrs Isaach­sen started her new role last Thurs­day (Jan­uary 7). Raised and ed­u­cated in Buck­ing­hamshire, Mrs Isaach­sen re­turns to the area to take up the post.

She comes to Heather­ton from Chel­tenham Col­lege Prepara­tory School, where she was head­teacher of Lower School since 2010 and pre­vi­ously deputy head of the pre-prep depart­ment.

Mrs Isaach­sen said: “I am de­lighted to be lead­ing such an in­cred­i­ble school.

“Heather­ton House quite rightly has an en­vi­able rep­u­ta­tion in the area for be­ing a for­ward-think­ing, in­no­va­tive and in­spir­ing school. Its warm, fam­ily-feel ethos is se­cond to none and it has ben­e­fited enor­mously from be­ing part of the Berkham­sted Schools Group.”

Fol­low­ing Heather­ton’s rank­ing of third in the 2015 Sun­day Times Top 100 In­de­pen­dent Prepara­tory Schools, Richard Back­house, the new prin­ci­pal of Berkham­sted Schools Group, says he is de­lighted that a leader of Mrs Isaach­sen’s cal­i­bre will take Heather­ton for­ward to con­tin­ued suc­cess:

He said: “Deb­bie has ex­ten­sive teach­ing and lead­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence from both the in­de­pen­dent and main­tained sec­tors, hav­ing taught in all year groups and across all dis­ci­plines in both Prep and Pre-Prep. A will­ing­ness to in­no­vate and de­velop the cur­ricu­lum has been a hall­mark of her lead­er­ship at Chel­tenham Col­lege Prep School.”

Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil and the Buck­ing­hamshire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Groups (Chiltern and Ayles­bury Vale), have awarded the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety with a con­tract for the new ser­vice to start on April 1.

The ser­vice aims to of­fer oneto-one sup­port for in­di­vid­u­als and their car­ers, from their ini­tial con­cerns about mem­ory loss, through di­ag­no­sis, to plan­ning for the fu­ture.

More than 6,500 peo­ple in Buck­ing­hamshire have been di­ag­nosed with de­men­tia, and this is ex­pected to rise to over 8,000 in the next four to five years.

Bucks County Coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for health and well­be­ing Mike Ap­p­le­yard said: “This new ser­vice gives con­sis­tency across the county

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