Five Heads Reunited

Five Heads Reunited

It was an historic moment for Bruton School for Girls when three former Headmistresses and a Headmaster gathered together with the current Headmistress to mark the official opening of new classrooms facilities which were officially opened by ‘Grand Designs’ presenter, Kevin McCloud, on 25th November 2016.

This was the first time that all five Heads had come together, making the whole occasion particularly unique and special.  Their combined headships span 36 years, from 1980, when Miss Jean Thomson was headmistress, to the present day with Nicky Botterill who has been in post since 2012.

Nicky Botterill said: “It is remarkable that we have been able to gather all of the surviving former Heads together to mark such a memorable day and the considerable investment in the future.  The Chappell Building – named after another headmistress, Edith Chappell - was used and fondly remembered by each of them, and to see it given a new lease of life for another generation of Sunny Hill girls is fantastic news.”

The former Headmistresses: Miss Jean Thomson (appointed 1980), Mrs Judy Wade (1987), Mrs Barbara Bates (1997) and Headmaster, Mr John Burrough (2006) were thrilled to return to the school - still affectionately known as ‘Sunny Hill’ to many girls and locals, despite having changed its name in the 1960s to Bruton School for Girls!  

Nicky added: “It was fascinating to hear all their stories and a privilege to be in a position to demonstrate that BSG is thriving and going from strength to strength.”


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