About the Head
Mrs Renton was brought up in Worcestershire, and educated at St. Mary’s Convent. Following her BSc in Earth Science (Leicester), she completed a Masters degree in Micropalaeontology from University College London. She then took up a postgraduate research position at the ETH University in Zürich to study diatoms and climate change in the lakes of the Upper Engadine area of Switzerland.
Mrs Renton’s first teaching appointment was at Moreton Hall, where she quickly progressed to Head of Geography & Housemistress. Following five happy years in the Shropshire countryside, she was then appointed as Housemistress at Wycombe Abbey where in addition to teaching Geography & Biology, she took up a range of other leadership responsibilities. She credits to these first two schools her faith in the intimate connection between pastoral and academic development that drives her educational philosophy.
In 2004, Mrs Renton joined the Senior Management Team at King’s High, Warwick and her most important work within King’s High can be summed up by the phrase “Buildings and People”. Appointed as Senior Teacher (Pastoral) and Head of Key Stage 4 she has placed paramount importance on the wellbeing of staff, students and their families. Amongst her early initiatives were not only establishing the monitoring system but an exciting programme of trips, including the Arizona ranching trip, as well as the annual trip to India where sixth formers fundraise for and teach in a school.
Beginning with her promotion to Deputy to the Head under Mrs Surber, Mrs Renton also undertook key responsibilities on the School's major infrastructure projects: the Creative Arts building and the Dining Room (on the original Smith Street site), culminating in the building of the new campus.
Together, “Buildings and People” can be seen to represent the School's community in its wider sense: a happy family in a healthy home.
Mrs Renton is an advocate for live music, including opera and jazz festivals. She is looking forward to arranging further concert trips for parents and girls once the world returns to normal. She is also a firm believer in the value of Equestrian events, creating both the School's Polo and Equestrian Wellbeing programmes in recent years.
In her spare time she enjoys needlecraft and origami, fine dining, and travels widely for cultural events.