Meet Our Head of School

Wakefield School is pleased to welcome our next Head of School, Ashley Harper, to the Wakefield community. Ashley's career in education spans teaching, college admissions, lower and middle-school division leadership, and development.

Wakefield School believes this vast experience and track record of success in independent schools make Ashley exceptionally well qualified to be our next Head of School. But just as important, our community was won over by her combination of vision, intelligence, thoughtfulness, energy, and dedication to the intellectual and character development of children.

A Message from Mrs. Harper:

My initial impressions of this very special community continue to be confirmed. Each person I meet articulates their love for Wakefield School and the impact it has made on their life or their child’s life.

A common thread in these conversations is that there is much to love about the history and foundation built over the last four decades. Similarly, there is opportunity for renewed commitment to the traditions we hold dear and revitalization in the context of our changing world. It is at the convergence of the foundational and the aspirational that we set out to define and institutionalize The Wakefield Way.

In the coming months, I will be asking for your input and support as we launch a new strategic plan. This summer I will be investing my time in learning more about our community, evaluating the good work that has been done here, exploring opportunities for growth and change, working with the faculty and staff to prepare for the coming school year, and hopefully meeting many of you.


First Day of School Message from Mrs. Harper

As we stand but three days away from the start of the new school year, I am filled with excitement and anticipation for our year ahead. Celebrating my fortieth start of school, I find familiarity and comfort in the routines of waking early, preparing schedules, planning Back to School events, orientations, and first days. I love the start of school, whether it is as a student or a teacher.

One of the privileges of being an educator is that each year brings a built in "fresh start". The nature of this vocation dictates that teachers are to be aspirational and inspirational in our craft. Anyone who has seen the view from campus, read the senior theses in the Treptow Library, or experienced the impact of our courtesies understands the unique opportunities Wakefield School offers each of us to join in that aspiration as we seek the challenge, make a difference, and live an extraordinary life. This is the Wakefield Way.

I hope you will join me in embodying this vision. I invite you to consider how you might volunteer with the WPA or Boosters, serve as a chaperone on a field trip, offer your expertise as a guest lecturer, or participate in some of the other opportunities on campus this year.

Finally, I invite you to join us on campus Tuesday morning for our Opening Assembly that will begin at 9 am in the Upper Gym. We will open our school year as a full student body and end our assembly with the long-standing Wakefield tradition of the seniors and first graders leading us out into the 2018-2019 school year. I hope to see you then!

Head of School

Ashley Harper

Executive Assistant to Head of School

Langdon Johnston

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