Meet our Heads of School
Sophie Clayton

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Heads of School for 2020-21. Our Head Boy & Head Girl for the next academic year will be Nico Overbeck (Paley) and Katie Bagshaw (Style). Both were chosen following a rigorous selection process including a letter of application and a presentation to the Headmaster, Mr Turnbull.

Nico is looking forward to representing fellow international pupils in his role, and encouraging them to be involved and get to know as many pupils from as many different cultures as possible. Nico joined Giggleswick in Year 11 from Germany, and has immersed himself into studies and extra-curricular activities, including taking part in the Peer Education Project, a programme where sixth formers provide training and guidance to Year 7’s on mental health.

“There was a huge culture difference joining from a school in Germany to arriving at Giggleswick two years ago, but everyone is so welcoming, and I settled in quickly. The house structure really helped; as soon as I arrived students from my house (Paley) were encouraging me to get involved in activities. It’s a really friendly community.”

New Head Girl Katie joined Giggleswick in Year 8 and is looking forward to acting as a role model in the Giggleswick community. Katie is also a huge advocate of taking part at Giggleswick, having been heavily involved in the hockey, netball and tennis teams as well as school productions.

“I applied for Head Girl because I’d like to be a positive role model for younger students. I want to encourage them to participate in as much as possible and to not be afraid to give something a go. That’s what I love about being here – you make so many friends by taking part in so much.”

Headmaster, Mr Turnbull, said: “Both Katie and Nico embody the values of Giggleswick for the positive manner in which they embrace the opportunities to participate in the full breadth of the curriculum. They are full of ideas about taking forward new initiatives across the school and I really look forward to working with them to support the wider pupil body.”