Catherine Openshaw named Mead’s new Head

We are delighted to announce that Catherine Openshaw will be joining us as The Mead’s new Headmistress in September 2021. 

An experienced leader, Catherine is currently Headmistress of the Nursery and Pre-Preparatory School at King’s Rochester, and is the whole-school lead for safeguarding. King’s is a school with a very similar culture and approach to The Mead and has thrived under Catherine’s leadership. Prior to joining King’s, Catherine was a member of the leadership team at Solefield Preparatory School in Sevenoaks. During the recruitment process, Catherine impressed with her energy, enthusiasm and understanding of the school’s culture and ethos, twinned with a calm determination to enable every child to feel success. Living locally, Catherine also has a good knowledge of the area and understanding of the senior school options.  

We were very pleased with the level of interest in the role and the quality of the applicants, which reflects positively on the school’s reputation. Throughout the search process, our focus was on finding someone who really understood The Mead and the school’s ethos, heritage and links with the Tunbridge Wells community. We all feel confident that Catherine will make an outstanding Head, who will build on The Mead’s past successes.