Karen retires at the end of this Easter Term after 26 years dedicated service at Felsted, with 16 years in senior leadership, most recently as the Designated Safeguarding Lead, and Deputy Head (Welfare and Wellbeing).
Karen has been an exemplary teacher and Housemistress during her time at Felsted, but it has been her passion for and determination to ensure pupil wellbeing is embedded at the heart of Felsted’s pastoral care, that will leave the lasting legacy.
Qualifying as a counsellor in 2010, Karen was fundamental in the opening of Felsted’s Wellbeing Centre in 2018, a pioneering initiative in the Independent School Sector. Karen has also implemented a range of wellbeing initiatives that are now fully embedded in school life, focusing on preventative measures. These sit alongside our onsite counselling services for those that need professional support. The Centre is a shared facility for both our Senior School and Prep School, caring for over 1000 pupils, 300 staff and parents.
“We want to deliver well-adjusted young people who are happy; happy in themselves, happy in their relationships with one another, ready to go out and face the world”
Karen’s implementation of Felsted’s leading wellbeing provision resulted in the school receiving the highly regarded Optimus Education Wellbeing Award in Feb 2019. In addition her work contributed undoubtedly to Felsted receiving a 100% excellent ISI Inspection in 2019 and the TES Boarding School of the Year 2020 nomination.
We were lucky enough to celebrate Karen’s retirement as a teaching staff a few weeks ago and I am sure you join us in wishing her a fulfilling and well deserved retirement, as she relocates to Sherborne with her husband Chris.
In recognition of her work and dedication to Felsted, the Wellbeing Centre will be renamed The Megahey Wellbeing Centre.