Mrs Lucy Elphinstone, who started as Headmistress of Francis Holland School Sloane Square, in September 2012, is an English graduate of Newnham College, Cambridge, and has taught in senior and prep schools throughout England and Scotland. Prior to a career in teaching, she worked in publishing, property development and hospitality. As a ghost-writer, she has published six books.
Her vision is to prepare young women for the challenges of the workplace in the coming decade by creating an environment which develops skills and character. Flexibility, creativity, enterprise, resilience, optimism and courage are the qualities she believes young women need to succeed in a rapidly changing technological world. Amongst many initiatives, she has brought in the Extended Project Qualification, entrepreneurial mentoring, TIPS (Thinking Innovatively and Problem-Solving) week, STEAM focus, Mindfulness, the Exploration Society and ContemPlace, a programme of early intervention in children’s mental health.
She is an intrepid explorer, recently trekking in Tibet, Japan, Ethiopia and the Andes. Lucy is a trustee of the Katherine Low Settlement in Battersea and of the Mvumi Trust, a school in Tanzania. She chairs the London 11+ Consortium, was voted Tatler’s ‘Best Head of Public School’ 2021 and is known for her innovative approach to education.