Great care is taken when selecting new Inspired team members. Our educators and advisors have a vital role to play in shaping enquiring minds and developing young talent. Specialist knowledge, excellent qualifications, outstanding reputations and extraordinary rapport with students are just some of the qualities we expect from our teachers. Similarly, our team of Inspired advisors and board members are specialists in their field with vast knowledge and passion for educational excellence. They promote wide-ranging educational and operational management expertise to share best practice across the Inspired Group.
Inspired is delighted to announce that Clarissa Farr was recently appointed as Senior Advisor for Inspired. Clarissa has pursued a varied career in British and International schools with the last eleven as High Mistress of St Paul’s, the leading academic girls’ school in the UK. An English Literature graduate with a master’s degree specialising in the twentieth century novel, Clarissa has taught English and drama across the gamut of state and independent schools in the UK as well as contributing to the development of a new school in Hong Kong. She took up her first headship aged 37, and in the following ten years moved Queenswood School from the bottom of the academic league tables to the first division. During her subsequent tenure at St Paul’s, the school remained for a decade consistently at the very top of the national rankings. Concurrently with headship, Clarissa was elected to serve both as Chairman of the Boarding Schools’ Association (2001-2) and President of the Girls’ Schools Association (2005-6). Her non-executive roles include being a governor of The Royal Ballet School, a fellow of Winchester College and a trustee of the Africa Gifted Foundation. In October 2016, Clarissa also joined the board of The British Museum.
A regular thought-leader and commentator in the media on matters of education and public policy, Clarissa’s particular interests lie in leadership development and the education of girls. She is the Founder of Dads4Daughters, an internationally recognised campaign to engage fathers of girls actively in the promotion of workplace equality. Her forthcoming book, to be published by Harper Collins in 2019, has been described as “a personal account of an extraordinary career and a provocative look at the state of the nation’s education system and what needs to change”.