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Clarissa Farr joins RSAcademics

We are delighted to announce that Clarissa Farr has joined us as a Senior Advisor.

Clarissa’s career in education has spanned the UK maintained and independent sectors, day and boarding, as well as international schools in Europe, the Middle East and Hong Kong. In her early life as a teacher she taught in a non-selective city comprehensive and more recently, after her first Headship at Queenswood, she led for eleven years one of the country’s highest achieving academic girls’ schools, St Paul’s in west London.

A former President of the Boarding Schools Association and Chairman of the Girls’ Schools’ Association UK, Clarissa draws together this wealth of experience as an expert on education and leadership. Being fortunate to have benefited from a fruitful and enduring coaching relationship in her own professional life, she now acts as a coach and mentor to many making their career both in schools and in the professions. Her first book, The Making of Her: Why School Matters, was published by Harper Collins in 2019.

Clarissa also has experience of governance and a keen interest in the role of non-executive directors and the effectiveness of boards, taking the Financial Times diploma in non-executive directorship in 2015. She is a fellow (governor) of Winchester College and was a governor of The Royal Ballet School for eleven years until December 2019, chairing the academic and artistic committee. She is a founding trustee of the African Gifted Foundation and a Trustee of the British Museum, where she also chairs the Friends’ Advisory Council.