Updated: Jul 20, 2022 12:23 PM

Carol Swainson, new Head of School at BHS (Photograph provided)

For the first time in its 128-year history, Bermuda Girls’ High School has named a woman of color to be its next principal.

Carol Swainson, an American whose grandfather and uncle were from St George’s, will be responsible for leading the school through its new strategic plan while “continuing to weave innovation and design into the curriculum and supporting all BHS students”.

Cece Powell, Chair of the Girls Private School Board, said: “This announcement marks a pivotal moment for the future of BHS. We are delighted and energized that Ms. Swainson will continue to build on BHS’ strong and enduring legacy of academic excellence.

“We know she is well equipped to lead BHS and, together with our exceptional leadership team, will enable the school to realize its vision of being an international leader in the development of girls and young women to stand out with confidence. and determination as they shape a changing world”.

Mrs. Swainson, cousin of Gina Swainson, Miss World 1979, has over 20 years of experience as an administrator in independent K12 schools – private schools in the United States.

She is principal at the San Francisco Schoolhouse, where she doubled enrollment and increased student retention, and is considered a “leading administrator and educator, championing excellence, innovation and sustainability in education”.

Ms Swainson said: “I am delighted to be BHS’s sixteenth Head of School and look forward to getting to know the BHS family and the wider community better.

“The ability to positively impact and empower young people throughout their primary and secondary education yields magnificent results. BHS alumni are proof of its success.

“Girl empowerment resonates on a personal and professional level. When I met BHS students, I was struck by their thoughtful communication, their analytical mind and their courageous spirit.

“During our lively discussion at the Innovation Center, these savvy young women came up with many clever ideas to strengthen the already amazing school they love.

“Collaborating with them and the exceptional faculty that nurtures and educates them will be a wonderful opportunity to co-create innovations and achieve BHS’s mission and strategic goals.

“I relish this opportunity to build on a 128-year-old foundation of excellence and continue to execute the strategic plan, which contains goals that I have effectively addressed during my work experience at other independent schools in foreground.”

Ms. Swainson holds a Master of Education in Social Foundations of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish Languages ​​from the University of Virginia.

With an artistic background, she is also an amateur oboist, composer and filmmaker.

Ms Swainson added: ‘I can’t wait to pick up my oboe and sit in a set of music to experience BHS from a student perspective.’

Over the coming year, Linda Parker, the current BHS School Principal, and the trustees will work with the management team to ensure a smooth transition.