The British school Virtus appoints Sandra Radford as headmistress

  • Sandra Radford joins Virtus after an extensive career in leadership, management, and British education specialising in A-Levels.
  • She will take over the management of Virtus on 1 June, when the British school will open its new facilities in the La Moraleja urbanisation.

Virtus, The British Sixth Form College, has appointed Sandra Radford as its new headmistress. Mrs Radford has had an extensive career in education and in the management and leadership of schools. As an expert in the UK education system, she will lead Virtus in continuing to offer 15-18-year-olds a personalised and specialised education focusing solely on the A-Level stage to help students transition to university.

Sandra Radford comes to Virtus from Gordon’s School, a high-performing day and boarding school in England, founded in 1885, where she was head of the Psychology Department. Between 2015-2016 she developed a broad curriculum in which psychopedagogy played a key role in all educational areas of the school. She later became Senior Assistant Head, Head of Sixth Form and Careers of Gordon’s School where she led the management of the school’s various departments. She also defined and implemented a strategic work and pastoral service plan, which incorporated a volunteer programme encouraging students to make a meaningful contribution.

She was also Director of the BSc Psychology and Criminology programme at University Centre Farnborough (England) as well as the A-Level programme at Farnborough College of Technology (England). At both institutions she was responsible for the management, coordination, and professional development of the students and teaching staff.

She holds a Bachelor of Science, Psychology, and Sociology from Örebro University (Sweden), a Master’s degree in Psychology from Kristianstad University (Sweden), and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Surrey (England). She is also currently studying for a Master of Science at the University of Oxford.

Sandra Radford will take up her post as Headmistress of Virtus, The British Sixth Form College, on 1st June to coincide with the opening of new facilities at the British School, which has a specialist A-Levels curriculum and a co-curriculum, based on personalisation, innovation, and excellence. The new centre in La Moraleja, Madrid, has been designed around the needs of a Sixth Form College to create an environment of unlimited opportunity and to foster student development.

The event is open to the public and will include a tour of the facilities.

In the words of Raúl García, Co-founder of Virtus, “the entire Virtus educational community is looking forward to the start of the 2023-2024 academic year, which will bring exciting developments. Firstly, because we are convinced that Sandra Radford’s international experience in British education will bring a great deal to our Sixth Form to continue to offer outstanding personalised teaching to our students and help them get into any university in the world they wish to attend, and secondly because on 1 June we will be opening our new facilities in the heart of La Moraleja. At this new location we will have spacious, renovated, state-of-the-art spaces, which will help our students to develop their skills to the fullest and to enjoy a pre-university atmosphere. We will continue to be faithful to the personalisation that we are known for, maintaining a maximum of nine students per lesson. We are very proud that Virtus continues to grow and strive for excellence”

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