CORNISH preparatory school Polwhele House has appointed a new head to start this autumn.

Hilary Mann took up post as head of Polwhele on September 1 at the co-educational school for children aged three to 13, which is set in 32 acres of countryside and woodlands just outside Truro.

She said: “I am delighted to be joining such a prestigious and popular preparatory school in the heart of Cornwall which offers an idyllic environment for children to flourish during their formative years in early education.

“I am looking forward to working closely with staff, parents and the children themselves to help take the school forward and to further develop and improve on the educational and pastoral offering.”

Formerly head of Roselyon School in Lanlivery, Hilary becomes Polwhele’s fifth head since the school was founded in 1981 by Richard and Rosemary White.

She led Roselyon for eight years and previously worked at Danes Hill School in Surrey, in a variety of management posts. Prior to starting her teaching career, Hilary worked for an industrial training board in the hotel and catering industry.

Polwhele House is based within a historic manor house dating back to the 16th century which is located on the outskirts of Truro.

The school currently has 105 pupils who benefit from learning within this inspirational and secure environment.

Richard White, chairman of Polwhele's managing council, said: “We have great pleasure in announcing the appointment of Hilary Mann as our next head. Hilary has been a highly respected and able head at another Cornish prep school and is extremely well acquainted with the local independent education scene.

“We look forward to welcoming Hilary to Polwhele as she spends time getting to know the school and meeting parents, and also supporting her in enhancing the school’s further development during the next academic year.”

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