The Headmistress, Miss Stephanie Ferro joined Walthamstow Hall in January 2018. Miss Ferro is an alumna of St Anne’s College, Oxford University and brings 25 years of experience to her role, having taught and led pastoral and academic teams at a number of prestigious girls’ schools including Wimbledon High (Deputy Head, Pastoral), Lady Eleanor Holles (Senior Assistant Headmistress) and Redland High School (Headmistress).
At Walthamstow Hall, Sevenoaks for more than 180 years we have been true to our founding aim, which is to provide an education for girls which is full of opportunity, challenge and possibility.
We believe in a true understanding of the root meaning of the word education, from the Latin verb educo: I lead forth, I raise up. Not, I cram full of facts or I make to jump through hoops. At Walthamstow Hall your daughter will discover that learning is an active process which enables her to get personally involved, not one which just passively happens to her. She will recognise that learning is a consequence of thinking. She will not merely pass through a door, but be set on a voyage of discovery. We are not promising a polished product, but a profound process. We are not about growing grass which will wither once it faces the real world, but cultivating patterns and disciplines of learning that will last a lifetime.
Here we offer your daughter an environment based on trust, security and friendship, where she has the confidence to be her best. And by confidence we don’t mean brash or arrogant. We mean that, whether innately ebullient, or whether quite shy, Wally girls are characterised by a quiet assurance which comes from knowing who they are and, moreover, that they are valued for who they are, by us and by each other. This, we believe, is the best preparation for whatever life has in store.
I hope our website gives you a flavour of the sheer enjoyment of a Walthamstow Hall education, but it can only hint at the warmth of relationships. Do come and see that reality for yourself, meet our girls and staff, and experience the school in action. I look forward to welcoming you to the next Senior School Open Morning or on an individual visit.
Miss Stephanie Ferro, MA (Oxon), MA (Lond)