Top headmistress signs for William Collins

Rights - NonFiction Wednesday, 24 May 2017

High Mistress of St Paul’s Girls’, Clarissa Farr, pens book on education - 'a provocative look at the state of the nation’s education system and what needs to change'

Arabella Pike, publishing director, bought UK Commonwealth rights including Canada from Patrick Walsh at PEW at auction for an undisclosed sum.

According to the acquisition statement: 'High Mistress of St Paul’s Girls’ School for the last 11 years, Clarissa Farr has taught across the system, both state and private. Her book will draw upon all aspects of her experience working in the educational system, as High Mistress, but also as a pupil, a young teacher, and a mother. She will illuminate her ideas for great leadership, bringing out excellence in young people, the future of education, as well as coping with the challenges of growing up, from bullying to transgender awareness. It will be a personal account of an extraordinary career and a provocative look at the state of the nation’s education system and what needs to change.'

Pike said: "As head of one of the most successful schools in the country, Clarissa Farr has long been a key figure in education. In this first book, she shares the wealth of her extensive experience for parents, teachers, business leaders and managers everywhere. As the demands and stresses of the modern world increase, her book informs, entertains and explains how best to nurture excellence in children – girls especially – across all aspects of education and training to equip them for adult life. We are so delighted to be publishing her work and believe it will be the launch of a much-needed, fresh voice in the field."

Farr said: "I am delighted to be working with Arabella Pike and the team at Harper Collins. In the book I want to help people come to terms with their own education (because it’s time we all did), to let on about what’s happening in schools today (because your children never tell you anything) and to put down a few markers for the future (because sooner than you think, they will be making the decisions about us). Recently, a prospective pupil asked me if I was the High Priestess (the title is, absurdly enough, High Mistress). I took this as a sign that it was time to set aside delusions of grandeur and sharpen my pencils. Arabella understood immediately what I wanted to achieve with the book and I much look forward to our collaboration."

Publication is scheduled for Spring 2019.

Pictured: Clarissa Farr (credit Martin Phelps)

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