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Claire Charlemagne

Executive Head Teacher

Claire Charlemagne graduated from the University of Bradford, UK, in 1999 with an honours degree in European Studies. She spent a year teaching English in the French island of La Réunion and then returned to the UK to complete her PGCE in Secondary Modern Foreign Languages (French and Spanish). After teaching in the UK she moved to Bermuda and joined Saltus Grammar School in 2002 as Head of Modern Languages. She later held the post of Director of Studies (Secondary), responsible for the Secondary department curriculum, timetable and Professional Development. A further promotion to Deputy Head preceded her appointment as Saltus’ first female Head of School. She returned to the UK in 2015 to take up her second Headship in a Secondary Academy on the Isle of Wight, a post she held for two years before being appointed to the Executive Headship at St Mary’s.

Claire is a firm believer in the value of continuing professional development and was awarded the Master of Science in Educational Leadership in 2010 by the University of Leicester, and the National Professional Qualification for Headship in 2012 by the National College for School Leadership. She is married to Peter, a former Detective Inspector who now holds a leadership position within the Department of Work and Pensions. They have two children who attend St Mary’s. As both Executive Headteacher and as a parent, Claire is incredibly proud of the high standards and exceptional provision that is made by St Mary’s for all of its pupils.