New head of HR for King Edward's and Witley and Barrow Hills School
22nd September 2016


Following last year’s merger between independent co-educational boarding and day school King Edward’s Witley (for pupils aged 11-18) and preparatory school Barrow Hills School, (for children aged 2-13), the Schools have jointly appointed Mrs Caroline Gallop into the newly created position of Head of Human Resources.

Mrs Gallop, an accomplished HR practitioner who brings over 18 years’ experience to the role, will be applying her extensive skills and expertise - which have been honed in a number of high profile positions, including Head of HR for Krispy Kreme, and Head of HR for HMV Retail) - to a brand new school setting working for one of the Waverley area’s major employers (254 staff are employed across both schools).  As Head of HR, Mrs Gallop will swap the daily commute to London for a half hour drive to the schools from her home locally. Commenting, Mrs Gallop says,

“Throughout my career I’ve always gravitated towards working with strong established brands and although King Edward’s and Barrow Hills represent a departure from the FMCG and retail sector where most of my experience lies, they both present as compelling brands in their own right. The recruitment and retention of the highest calibre staff has always been a major priority for both schools given the intrinsic role teachers play in a child’s educational progress.  One of the outstanding features of King Edward’s and Barrow Hills is the sense of community for which each school is renowned and it is this supportive, happy environment that represents such an attractive proposition to staff.  In terms of King Edward’s, many have chosen to move their own families to live on site, embracing the opportunity to become part of the School’s wonderfully global community. The appointment of a Head of HR is a forward-thinking move by the Schools and I am working with my colleagues in a setting where the application of best HR practice will deliver enhanced tangible benefits to both pupils and staff.”


Lauren Harris Jones has been appointed Head of Religious Education and Philosophy at King Edward’s Witley, where she will teach pupils working towards their GCSE, A-level and IB qualifications.

Mrs Harris Jones joins the School having spent the last ten years at Alton College (a Sixth Form college), as Curriculum Manager for Humanities and Social Sciences.

A graduate from the University of Liverpool where she gained a degree in Philosophy and Politics, Mrs Harris Jones also has a Masters in Political Theory from the University of Manchester and an MBA from Portsmouth University.  She undertook her PGCE teaching training in Religious Studies at Oxford Brookes University.

Discussing her new role at King Edward’s, Mrs Harris Jones comments,

“I’m looking forward to teaching Religious Education again, especially given the current social / political climate where there is an urgent need to teach the next generation the importance of diversity and tolerance.  Studying Religious Education can help guide pupils to shun the prejudices that sadly exist in today’s society.  Having spent a considerable amount of time teaching in a Sixth Form environment, I’m also keen to have the opportunity to witness the progression of my pupils, from when they first begin their secondary education journey at the age of 11, until they leave the School as young adults. I’m excited by the prospect of joining what is clearly a close knit community, which represents a dramatic departure from the larger institutions where I have worked previously.”

Mrs Harris Jones will commute from her home in Aldershot, where she lives with her partner and young children, Raphael aged seven and Etienne, aged 5.

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