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:

This is a year of growth, challenge, and accomplishment for each of us. As students and faculty, we are embracing the opportunities for expanding our knowledge and application of learning and engaging in the full life of Wakefield School, stretching ourselves with experiences outside of our comfort zones.  At the same time, we are embodying the courtesies, recognizing that in kindness and service to one another we are able to have a great impact. 


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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