Julia Harrington, Headmistress, Queen Anne's School Caversham

Eve Jardine-Young, Principal, Cheltenham Ladies' College


Every parent wants their child to succeed, but in this world of fevered exam pressure more children than ever are experiencing mental health issues: This talk helps parents to understand their children and how they can offer tailored support to help them get the best out of their school careers.

Eve Jardine-Young became Principal of Cheltenham Ladies’ College in September 2011 having been a pupil at the College. Eve has a degree in Engineering Science from Cambridge and worked in Structural Engineering before following her heart into the teaching profession. She began her career teaching Economics and held positions including Housemistress, Head of Sixth Form and Director of Studies, before returning to the College as Principal.

She is married to James, is widely travelled and has a broad range of interests including theatre, music, horticulture and sustainability initiatives.


Julia Harrington is Headmistress of Queen Anne’s School in Berkshire; one of the country’s leading independent boarding and day school for girls aged 11 – 18. 

Julia’s philosophy is to inspire and empower the women of the future - tomorrow’s leaders.  She believes there is no such thing as a ‘fixed mind-set’ or a ‘fixed ability’, and instead instils the belief in her pupils that ambitions and dreams can be realised through hard work and persistence.  Described by Tatler magazine as ‘direct and on-the-ball’, Julia and her team are very much leading by example as they continually set new personal goals and challenges which include marathon running and learning Mandarin.

An Exeter University graduate in History and Government and Politics, Julia worked for the Independent Television Companies Association before starting her family.  Following the birth of her children Julia retrained as a history teacher, joining Prior’s Field School in 1996 and was subsequently appointed as Deputy Head there in 2003. In 2006 Julia joined Queen Anne’s School as Headmistress. She has also trained as a psychodynamic counsellor and has always found the training invaluable in her work in education. 

Julia has developed a unique ‘BrainCanDo programme at Queen Anne’s, which is now a separate charitable company, based on the idea of ‘brain plasticity’ and the personal development of the individual.   This neuroeducation programme uses neuroscience, psychology and motivational skills to throw light on the value of value of specific interventions on cognitive function such as how music can make you smarter.  Work has now started on the effect of emotion regulation on performance in adolescence and how this can be used positively within schools.  BrainCanDo is working with researchers from Reading University and Goldsmiths College as well as employing current knowledge in this field in the classroom and throughout school life.

As Head of Queen Anne’s School, Julia is a leading figure within two educational charities based in London, linked to Westminster Abbey, which provide unique educational opportunities for students from both independent and the maintained sectors to enhance their life and learning opportunities.