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Dr Fiona Miles to become Head of Loughborough High School next term

Dr Fiona Miles will leave Habs at the end of this term to become Head of Loughborough High School.
25 Mar 2019
Dr Fiona Miles
Dr Fiona Miles
At the end of this current term, Dr Miles will leave Haberdashers' School for Girls to take up her new post as Head of Loughborough High School in the summer term.  This will be the end of Dr Miles' second period of teaching at the school as she joined in September 1997, as an English teacher, before returning to university in Autumn 2003 to take a medical degree.  When asked why she left teaching to train to become a doctor but subsequently returned to teaching, she replied that she came to the gradual realisation that she was having more impact as a teacher than as a doctor and that teaching fulfils her.  Following her medical degree, she returned to Habs on a temporary basis which was gradually extended until one year later she was appointed Head of English.  In 2011 she became Head of Upper School and four years later Deputy Head.

She says that she hopes that she has inspired the girls to love learning of all forms and that you can change your mind and do different things.  There is a tendency to be focused on one career and one choice but her example shows that does not always have to be the case.  During her time at Habs she has had many different roles beginning with form mistress to the Lower IVth and then Senior Lower IVth tutor before Head of Department.  She has enjoyed building strong meaningful relationships with girls, colleagues and parents which she sees as a really important part of her role.  Writing and performing in the staff Christmas Pantomine has left her with some very memorable moments to take away.

During her 21 year association with the school she has noticed huge changes, not only in the fabric of the school with the new buildings and redevelopment, but also the use of technology.  In 1997, the staff were handwriting school reports and had only one computer in the staffroom from which to send emails now there are iPads and smart boards in the every classroom.

She is really excited about moving her family up to Loughborough where they will live on site and looking forward to the challenges that await in her first Headship.  One of which will be how to take forward what she has learnt at Habs without turning the school into a 'mini Habs' which is very tempting.  In moving to Loughborough High, Dr Miles is following in the footsteps of Miss O'Connor who was Head there from January 2002 until Summer 2011.

We wish her and her family all the very best as they make this move.

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