New House Mistress of Isabella House – Karen Westlake

We’re pleased to introduce Karen Westlake as the new House Mistress of Isabella House, appointed to replace Claire Murphy as she steps up to the role of Director of Pastoral Care

Alca Ottewell (Assistant House Mistress) and Karen Westlake (House Mistress) of Isabella House

Karen joins Downside as an experienced teacher and pastoral leader. She was previously Head of History at New Hall School, Essex, and, prior to that held boarding roles at Felstead School and at Elmhurst Ballet School. She has worked as a senior A Level examiner and was Head of History at Worcester Sixth Form College. She studied History at Lancaster before postgraduate teacher training in Exeter. She is wife to Jeremy and mother to Isabella and Oliver… she also has three lovely pugs! 

New House Mistress for Isabella House, Karen Westlake.

New House Mistress for Isabella House, Karen Westlake.

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