AN EXPERIENCED teacher is leaving a Taunton independent school to go and take over the headship at another Somerset school.

Jane Evans, who is currently director of outreach and partnerships at Queen’s College in Taunton, is set to become headmistress of Bruton School for Girls from September later this year.

Nicky Botterill, the current headmistress, will be stepping down after eight successful years leading the school.

Mrs Evans was educated at Bath High School for Girls and King Edwards, Totnes, before graduating from Surrey University with a degree in English and dance, and a PGCE in English and drama.

Her first post was teaching English and drama at Guildford High School for Girls.

She left the school to gain educational experience as an examiner and also in running departments in both independent and state schools.

She and her husband Steve Evans, also founded the Jakes Ladder Theatre Company.

Mrs Evans was appointed assistance head and head of sixth form at Queen’s College, before being promoted to a director role.

She has travelled extensively, partnered with global and local businesses as well as leading the admissions and marketing of the college.

She says she has a passion for developing learning beyond the classroom and is determined to keep creativity at the very heart of all educational activities.

Chair of Governors, David Batten, said: “Jane impressed us all with her vision and ideas and we are confident she will be an inspirational Headmistress and role model for the girls. The Governing Body are fully committed to supporting her with the resources needed for this endeavour.”

The new headmistresses’s appointment comes in the year that Bruton School for Girls celebrates its 120th anniversary.

Dr Lorraine Earps, headteacher of Queen's College, said: "We'd like to congratulate Jane on a richly-deserved headship and wish her every success for the future - we'll all miss her!"