Ms. Cheryl Boughton
Head of School
Member of Brant, Brock, Simcoe and Tecumseh Houses
Ms. Cheryl Boughton grew up in Dundas, Ontario, graduating from Queen’s University’s Concurrent Education program with both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education. She has taught in a range of schools and educational systems—both in Canada and the United Kingdom—coeducational and single-gender, both all-boys and all-girls, as well as public and independent school systems. She has experience delivering the local curriculum in two countries including preparing students for external examinations including GCSE, A-level and the International Baccalaureate.
Prior to joining SJK, Ms. Boughton served as the Head of Elmwood School, an IB Continuum School in Ottawa, Ontario for the past 11 years. Before joining Elmwood, she held the role of Deputy Head at Bedford Preparatory School in Bedfordshire, United Kingdom, an independent boarding and day school for 1,100 boys. Previous to Bedford, Ms. Boughton spent eight years working in three all-girls’ independent schools in the United Kingdom. She began her career teaching English and History in the Ontario public school system in Hamilton, Ontario.
Ms. Boughton participates in her educational community as a member of the CIS Ontario Board of Governors and Chair of the Programs and Services Committee as well as a member of the CAIS Accreditation Council. In the past, she has also been a member of the Board of Directors for the Elearning Consortium Canada as well as the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools.
Recently Ms. Boughton completed her Professional Master of Education degree from Queen’s University. Much of her graduate work was focused on creativity, collaboration, technology and innovation. “The digital revolution has changed the way we work, the way we live and the way we learn. In the information age, education needs to teach students how to deal with the tsunami of information coming towards them. Students need to learn how to take what they need, and turn it into something different and useful to the world.”
Queen’s University’s Faculty of Education recently named Ms. Boughton one of the members of their 50 Influential in 50 for her leadership in independent education. The 50 Influential in 50 celebrates the leadership and accomplishment of Queen’s Faculty of Education alumni across the globe.