Welcome from Westholme’s new Principal

Message from Mrs Lynne Horner, Westholme Principal


It is a pleasure to welcome all the boys and girls back to Westholme today as I embark on my new role of Principal at this wonderful school.  A school only truly comes to life and fulfils its purpose when the pupils return and I am really looking forward to the experience of leading the Westholme family.

I have already been made to feel very welcome by staff, pupils, parents and the wider community. In fact that sense of community has been tangible from my very first visit to Westholme back in October last year, and strongly reflects my own educational values where I believe that boys and girls must feel they really belong.  My teaching background predominantly has been History and Physical Education in four previous schools (girls only and coeducational/boarding and day). With a passion for sport, I was fortunate to compete at international level (in my youth) in a variety of sports, although my participation now is less competitive and more health motivated!  I have had the privilege to coach teams to national success and therefore it is no surprise that I value team work most highly. Teamwork, aspiration and dedication will underpin all future development and improvements at Westholme – we will aim high in all that we do.

Westholme has a rich tradition of nurturing talent in a wide range of activities, and sharing these experiences with children and young people of all ages is undoubtedly the greatest joy of Headship. I hope to meet you at the many events already planned for this term wherever the venue may be.

In school assemblies to start the new academic year I have talked to staff and pupils about teamwork, enjoying their educational journey, taking a pride in all we do and making the most of every opportunity.  As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Boys’ Junior School this month we look forward with confidence to our centenary year in 2023; Westholme is a school with great traditions and a bright future.  I am looking forward to meeting parents and getting to know the pupils so that we can share our vision and look to further success and a positive direction for the next 100 years!

Mrs Lynne M Horner

September 2013