Duke of Kent School announces new Head
The Chair of Governors, Mr Richard Brocksom, is pleased to announce that Mrs Sue Knox, who is currently Headmistress of Wellingborough Preparatory School, Northampton, will be the next Head of Duke of Kent School. Our current Head, Mrs Judith Fremont-Barnes will be taking up the position of Head at Milton Abbey School, Dorset.
Mrs Knox grew up in Switzerland and Belgium where she attended International Schools. It was there that she developed a love of languages and subsequently went on to study these at University in the UK. On graduation, she secured a position with Procter & Gamble in their graduate management scheme before moving two years later to British Telecom to a role in Marketing & PR. Following the completion of an MBA at Cranfield University, she took up a position with BT Europe’s Marketing team in Paris where she and her Advertising Creative husband, Tim, relocated. Their three children, Sam, Leo and Poppy were born in France.
In 2001, Mr Knox transferred to Sydney, Australia with the agency Ogilvy & Mather where they lived on the North Shore for 14 years. It was there that Mrs Knox moved from the commercial sector into education, retraining as a teacher and completing a Masters in Educational Leadership at Macquarie University. She joined Pymble Ladies’ College, a leading independent girls’ school, as a teacher of French and German, and subsequently was appointed as Head of Modern Languages, Deputy Head in the Senior School and Head of the Junior School over a 10-year tenure. Mrs Knox and family moved back to the UK in January 2016 as she was missing her family and the English countryside (not however the weather!) Mrs Knox is currently the Headmistress of Wellingborough Prep School in Northamptonshire.
As a family, they loved the outdoors life in Australia. One of their children, Leo, has a learning disability and they spent much time on family adventures raising money for the charities they support. You can see their rafting and canoeing adventures at knoxfamily.com.au. Both boys are now pursuing higher education and vocational routes and their daughter is currently sitting her A Levels.
Mrs Knox is “delighted to have been asked to serve the Duke of Kent School and to be joining such a warm and welcoming community. It is an exciting and enlightened School, in an inspiring setting, and its values and ethos very much parallel my own. I am committed to continuing the excellent work of Judith Fremont-Barnes to build on the School’s current success.”