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Amy Wilson-Smith joins the Junior School as Head in the Summer Term as we look forward to her starting at the school, we thought we’d find out a little more about her…

Can you tell us a little about yourself? I’m the youngest of 3 children and I was a naughty little girl at home, but was good as gold at school, which meant my parents were constantly surprised at Parents’ Evenings. I’m Scottish, my husband is English – the Six Nations is always an uncomfortable time in our house! I am a huge supporter of any charity that raises money in the fight against bowel cancer and puppy farmers. I love animals; my favourite dog breed is the miniature schnauzer, although in Abu Dhabi we rehomed two kittens called Tom and Tess who are brother and sister and are gorgeous Arabian Maus – they will soon have their first flight! What are your favourite memories of school? So many, I was really lucky to attend two brilliant schools. As a junior school pupil in Glasgow, it was getting extra visits to the school library if you were helpful (it was warm and dry in the library) and playing Relievers every day (that it wasn’t raining) in the school playground in Years 5 and 6. At secondary school in Edinburgh, it was the freedom to go and play hockey, lacrosse, netball, practice your music whenever you wanted to when you were free in the afternoons or evenings. During sixth form it was A Level English lessons with a marvelous teacher called Mrs Thomson (without a p or you got a detention), she made Shakespeare, Middlemarch and Keats accessible and relevant to an excitable bunch of 17-year olds. What’s the best bit about your job? That you really have very little idea what will happen each day. You have a calendar and a timetable, of course, but hardly ever is what was on it at the beginning of the day what’s happened. Also working with entertaining and interesting pupils, staff and parents. How do you relax away from school? By visiting family and friends, trying new restaurants, visiting museums, travelling and going to live sports events. I also like to sleep (see below)! Tell us one thing about yourself / your life that might surprise us? Even though I have lived in the Middle East for the past 6 years, I really dislike sand. I went knowing this, so I mostly wore my red wellies in the desert. Do you still have your old school reports? Some but not all – there’s a running theme…In Year 2 “Amy should endeavour to concentrate more on her own work than involving herself in the work of others.”; In Year 6 “if Amy spent as much time working on her own work as she does ‘helping’ others with their work, she would do even better.” In Year 13 “the University of York is not going to know what has hit it when she arrives in October. My main hope is that she manages to be able to get out of bed in time for lectures.”