About Katharine Birbalsingh

Headmistress at Michaela. Holds controversial views. Loves the staff and pupils at Michaela. Googling her will give lots of information but you shouldn’t believe everything you read on the internet or in the press.


I haven’t written a blog post in 6 years. It used to be just Old Andrew and me. Who could have known that blogging would take off so well?

To Miss with Love was an online diary of my thoughts which I must have started in about 2005. I loved writing. There was something cathartic in it. So here we go, I’m writing again. Miss Snuffy, which became the name I used on my blog is still what I use on Twitter. It is always  embarrassing when I tell people in a professional context that my twitter handle is Miss Snuffy… short for Miss Snuffleupagus, which I chose as a name to signal the elephant in the room.

Before 2010 I was a normal teacher/head of department/assistant head/deputy head, just like anyone else. Then I gave a speech at the Conservative Party Conference which caused a bit of a storm. Now a lot of people hate me.

It isn’t easy being hated. But any amount of hatred is worth tolerating in order to have our extraordinary school Michaela with our dedicated staff and delightful children.

Staff at Michaela do a brilliant job of blogging about our different systems and methods so I won’t be doing that here. These are just my thoughts. You may find them very dull, or, as is often the case, I might say something that I think is perfectly obvious, that will make others very upset indeed.

The educational landscape is so different to what it was 10 years ago. How exciting that so much can happen in such a short space of time.

I wonder what the next 10 years will bring?

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