Mrs Claire Lock joined Cranleigh as Housmistress of South in September 2016. Outside of House life, Claire teaches Biology, having studied Zoology at Bristol University, and gets involved in sports, mainly hockey, as well as the Duke of Edinburgh award. Mrs Lock started her career in the Pharmaceutical industry before moving to Sussex and becoming a farmer’s wife.
Mrs and her husband Alex then decided that they weren’t busy enough with farming 750 acres and raising four girls and so decided to set up a Bed and Breakfast and Mountain bike hire business. After seven years in the hospitality industry, Mrs Lock decided to return to school and retrain as a teacher, after which she spent seven years as a Science teacher and Head of Year, then, more recently, as a Housemistress at Bedales School, before being appointed as Housemistress of South.
As a mother to four daughters Mrs Lock has experienced first-hand the journey through the teenage years and knows how crucial it is to allow young people the space to develop as individuals, whilst providing the necessary support in a caring and safe environment. Mrs Lock also believes that open and honest communication is key and aims to develop a strong partnership with parents and families in order to best support the girls in the House through the challenges of teenage years.
Outside of House life, Mrs Lock teaches Biology, having studied Zoology at Bristol University, and gets involved in sports, mainly hockey, as well as the Duke of Edinburgh award.