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St Paul's announces new Head of Schools & Families

St Paul's is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Head of Schools & Families, who will lead the Cathedral's 'imaginative engagement' with children and young people.

Donna McDowell will join the Cathedral community in September to take up the busy role welcoming groups from schools and youth projects from across the Diocese of London and beyond.

Donna, originally from Northern Ireland, has been teaching for many years, including seven years as a teacher of Religious Studies.

She will join the dedicated Schools & Families team, which is based in the Education Centre in the crypt of the Cathedral.

Speaking of her appointment, Donna said: "Having spent seven years as a secondary school teacher of Religious Studies and Philosophy in London, I am very much looking forward to making the move into education outside the classroom. I feel privileged to be able to join a dynamic education team in such a vibrant and iconic site of worship, and am excited to continue developing the resources for older students, families and the online learning community."

The Reverend Canon Mark Oakley, Chancellor of St Paul's said: "I am really delighted to welcome Donna to the Cathedral and to head up our great Schools & Families team. The educational and interpretative work of the department is to allow children and young people understand more about the Christian faith and the ways in which St Paul’s tries to live out that faith, historically and in our own day. 

"Donna brings great experience to the task and I have no doubt will help to develop our imaginative engagement with the many thousands of young guests we welcome each year."

Discover more about the St Paul's Cathedral Schools & Families department