Heatherton welcomes new head
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