20 October 2016. ISBN: 978-0-7490-2070-5
The head teacher of the title has just begun work as head of a primary school in a Kentish village called Wrayford, near to Canterbury. Ms Jane Cowan has divorced her highly abusive husband who has been sent to gaol as a result of his harassment of her. She has courageously taken on this new job, beginning in a cold, snowy January. The village and school are fairly typical for our times - the school is partly stern Victorian stone with an unsympathetic but useful 60s extension; the village has a pub and a church but has lost its village shop.