School Governance

Our values guide every part of Wilderness School's culture, relationships, teaching and learning programs and practices.

‘The Wilderness School is very dear to me. I hand it over to you. Try to keep it simple, hard-working, friendly and with the right set of values. Pass this message as a torch to future councils, headmistresses, teachers and especially to the girls; for it is the girls who make the school.’ Miss Mamie Brown, 1951.

We perpetuate the legacy of the Brown sisters, who sought out challenge, found motivation in purpose and in doing so took risks to ensure the School was a forerunner in encouraging girls to pursue academic and professional careers.

It is our responsibility to uphold its excellence and to maintain Wilderness School as a leader in education where we continue to prepare girls for the challenges and choices they will have to make as women and global citizens of the future.

In 1948 the Browns handed over the School by Deed of Gift to a private company and the Council of Governors. Today, Wilderness School is a company limited by guarantee.

The Council is responsible for the School's strategic direction, establishing goals for management and monitoring the achievement of these goals. To assist in the execution of its responsibilities, the Council has established three Standing Committees.

  • Finance, Audit and Risk
  • Investment
  • Sites and Services

Council has adopted formal guidelines governing its membership and operations.

As a result of a competitive tender process undertaken during the 2023 year, the audit function of the School is passing from KPMG to William Buck for the year ending 31 December 2023.

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