George Heriot's School appoints its first female Principal

By Saxton Bampfylde

George Heriot's School appoints its first female Principal

One of Scotland’s leading independent schools has appointed its first female principal in its 388-year history. George Heriot’s School in Edinburgh has appointed Lesley Franklin, with effect from January 2018. Lesley has accepted the invitation to become Principal after an extremely thorough, robust and highly competitive process. The Governors were unanimous in their view that Lesley has all the necessary qualities to lead an already successful School and to take it forward in a time of change and challenges.

Lesley Franklin is currently Head of the Junior School, a post she has held since 2013 with her career at Heriot's starting in 1995. She has been a member of the School's Senior Management Team since 2013 and is also a member of Education Scotland's Inspectorate. She is also very well-known at Goldenacre. Mrs Franklin was educated at Lenzie Academy, Glasgow and is a German Honours Graduate of the University of St Andrews with her teaching qualification being from the University of Reading. Lesley is married to Angus and has two daughters, both Herioters.

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