EXPERIENCED LEADERSHIP

Meet our 
leaders

Our team is a passionate group of teachers and corporate services staff dedicated to supporting our girls in their academic and wider endeavours so they thrive in all aspects of their educational development.

A warm welcome from Andrew Powell

‘The commitment of our staff, parents and Ascham Old Girls creates a nurturing, exciting atmosphere in which your daughter will grow. We are united in our vision of equipping our girls with the qualities necessary to make a significant difference in the world.'

I am delighted to introduce you to Ascham. Since its foundation in 1886, and thanks to the unique approach of the Dalton Plan, Ascham has continued to be a centre of excellence for girls’ education  and we uphold this standard proudly.

Ascham is a school known for its exceptional academic program, inclusivity and inspiring environment for day and boarding students. This environment provides your daughter with every means to become a passionate learner and develop into a self-reliant, confident and brave young woman with a sense of purpose in the world.

Andrew Powell
Head of School

Her days will be filled with interactive and challenging learning together with opportunities to develop her talents within our wide range of co-curricular activities, including a broad choice of Sports, Music, Drama, Debating and more. From international exchange programs and tours, school-based leadership and support programs, to House and Sister networks and community projects, her resilience will build as we help her develop the confidence to stretch herself and give her the security to stumble.

Combining this ethos with the commitment of our staff, parents and Ascham Old Girls, creates a nurturing, exciting atmosphere in which your daughter will grow. We are united in our vision of equipping our girls with the qualities necessary to make a significant difference in the world.

I look forward to welcoming you and your daughter to Ascham.

Andrew is firmly committed to girls’ education and the Dalton Plan. As an inspiring educational leader his focus is on developing students as independent learners and as individuals, and enhancing teacher excellence.

Andrew joined Ascham in 1993, teaching Science and Chemistry in the Senior School. He became Deputy Head of Science in 1995 and was made a member of the Senior Management Team in 2004. Andrew was appointed Deputy Head of School in 2012 and in January 2014 he was appointed Head of School.

Andrew has played a pivotal role in the formation of the strategic plan for the School: he developed and led the wellbeing program for Senior School students, including easing the transition from Year 6 into Senior School, the development of the Cyber Safety Committee, and the initiation of welfare programs for Year groups, such as ‘positive psychology’ and ‘managing anxiety’. He has also been integral in the development and delivery of our leadership and peer mentoring programs.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Technology, Sydney, a Diploma of Education from the University of Sydney and a Master of Administrative Leadership from the University of New England.

Leadership team

Through the Dalton Plan and with the encouragement of our passionate team, a girl’s learning will be enriched and new passions discovered, she will be challenged and if she falls short, she will be supported.

Mrs Pascale Drever
Deputy Head of School

Pascale Drever is an educational leader with over 25 years of experience and has held pastoral positions and executive leadership positions at independent schools.  She has a keen interest in teachers and their development and student wellbeing. 

Prior to her appointment at Ascham, Pascale was the Head of Middle School at Ravenswood School for Girls.

Pascale believes firmly in staff, parents and girls working together for collective benefit, and works very closely with the Year Coordinators and School Psychologists to ensure girls’ wellbeing is nurtured at all times. Together with the Head of School, Pascale works with the School’s student leaders—known as the School Committee—helping the girls develop skills in leadership and communication. She also leads Ascham’s Awards Committee, which ensures that students are recognised for their achievements.

As the Deputy Head of Ascham, she constantly encourages others to exercise their leadership responsibilities and work towards providing them with the necessary resources and support.

Pascale holds an MSc (Education) from Macquarie University, and certification from the University of Witwatersrand including an HDipEd, and a BSc in Biology, Physics and Chemistry. Pascale is currently a doctoral candidate at UNSW.

Mrs Judi Butcher
Head of Junior School

Judi is committed to providing the best possible education for girls, using a combination of evidence-based research of educational programs and best practice to align with the key principles of The Dalton Plan. She focuses on providing an engaging and supportive learning environment where girls can feel happy, confident, secure and valued. 

Judi started as a Year 1 Hillingdon classroom teacher in 1997. In 1998 she was appointed Head of the Preparatory School, overseeing all aspects of the Prep to Year 2 program. In August 2013, Judi was appointed to Head of Junior School, combining Hillingdon and Fiona and overseeing the integration of these two schools. 

In this central role, Judi has planned and implemented several critical activities including building a formal transition program for Hillingdon to Fiona and introducing the STEAM program. She has also been involved in increasing the use of the Dalton Plan and the Student Wellbeing programs, and has increased Debating, Public Speaking, da Vinci Decathlon and STEAM Competitions within the Junior School. 

Judi holds a BEd (Primary) from the University of Sydney, is a member of the Australian College of Education and a Certified Instructor in The Spalding Method. 

Judi previously served on the IPSHA Federal Board, as IPSHA Federal Secretary 2016 – 2022 and as IPSHA NSW President from 2014-2016. In 2020, Judi was nominated for and received an IPSHA Fellowship acknowledging her contributions to IPSHA and Primary School Education.

Rounding out her professional accreditations, Judi is a member of the Ascham Professional Development Committee, overseeing Professional Development for Staff Days and Professional Development for all Teaching and Corporate Services staff. Judi was honoured to be awarded the prestigious John Laing Award by Principals Australia Institute in 2017 for her commitment to education and consistent demonstration of school leadership.

Mrs Allysia Heness-Pugh
Head of Boarding

Allysia joined as our Head of Boarding in 2021. Allysia has 16 years’ experience in this field and her vision of boarding is that of authenticity and connectedness. She maintains a strong focus on pastoral care and wellbeing, partnering with parents and the School community to deliver positive residential experiences for young women who live away from home. Allysia believes a successful boarding environment must centre on building meaningful relationships—a place where girls should be nurtured by engaged staff so they may thrive academically, socially and emotionally.

Allysia grew up in the Central West of NSW and has a passionate connection to rural Australia. She believes that boarders from regional areas bring unique qualities to schools in metropolitan areas. As a former boarder, Allysia has special insight into the life of boarding students: she was fortunate enough to experience a dual lifestyle, growing up on an Angora goat stud and also boarding at All Saints College, Bathurst. Allysia says boarding instilled independence, resilience and self-motivation in her and these values equipped her to be resourceful and creative in adulthood.

Allysia is strongly committed to service learning, establishing the first boarding school partnership with Guide Dogs NSW/ACT to raise a guide dog puppy in an educational institution.

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Live and learn in an exciting, vibrant environment that nurtures self-confidence, resilience and participation. Begin the enrolment process now or find out more about our approach.

We look forward to welcoming you.

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