Alicia Fenton, Head of Bankfield Nursery Harrogate

New Head of Early Years Appointment

Pupils and staff at Bankfield Nursery and Pre-Prep welcomed a new member of the Early Years team this week. Mrs Alicia Fenton, a familiar face to boys and girls in Reception classes at Highfield Prep School, has been appointed Head of Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in a new post based at Bankfield. 

Mrs Fenton was previously Head of Early Years at a small school in the heart of the Bronte Country where she was responsible for Early Years and Key Stage 1. She joined Highfield Prep School in September as a Reception teacher and quickly demonstrated her passion for Early Years teaching.


Bankfield Pre-Prep pupils with Mrs Fenton

Bankfield Pre-Prep pupils with Mrs Fenton

Mrs Fenton, who began her teaching career 15 years ago said,

“I am delighted that I have been given this opportunity to lead the Early Years Team in this exciting new role. I look forward to working with all of the parents and children across Bankfield and Highfield Reception in order to engage and inspire our youngest learners.”

Alicia Fenton, Head of EYFS

Alicia came to Highfield this year highly recommended and is extremely experienced having worked in nursery as well as post-16 education. Alicia comments,

“Bankfield is a very special place where happy children flourish into confident learners. I truly believe that the firm foundations established in the early years are crucial to the achievement of their academic success in the future.”

Alicia Fenton, Head of EYFS

Sylvia Brett, Principal of the HLC family of schools which includes Harrogate Ladies’ College, Highfeld Prep School and Bankfield Nursery & Pre-Prep said,

“I am thrilled that Mrs Fenton accepted the position of Head of Early Years. From the first time I met her I was impressed by her experience in Early Years education, her integrity, enthusiasm and professional approach. She has an incredible passion for the development of our youngest children and I know that she will be a key figure in the future of our Early Years provision and the education of the children there.”

Syliva Brett, Principal of Harrogate Ladies’ College