Dr Briony Scott.

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Dr Briony Scott.
BornBriony Edmonds
(1963-09-28) 28 September 1963 (age 58)
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
🏳️ NationalityAustralian
🎓 Alma materUniversity of Sydney
💼 Occupation
Teacher; educator; columnist
👔 EmployerWenona School
TitlePrincipal, Wenona School
TermJuly 2011 (2011-07) – present
👩 Spouse(s)
Mark Scott (m. 1986)

Briony Scott (born 28 September 1963) is an Australian educator and columnist, who is currently principal of Wenona School, an independent school for girls that is located in the lower north shore of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.[1][2][3]


Scott is the daughter of Dr Carl Edmonds OAM and his wife Cindy (Cynthia). She was born in the United Kingdom when Dr Edmonds was working there. Dr Edmonds was the Officer in Charge, Royal Australian Navy School of Underwater Medicine and is considered to be one of the world's leading diving medical experts.[4] He was the lead author of the diving medicine "bible", Diving Medicine for Scuba Divers.

Scott attended the University of Sydney, and holds Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees, with research focussing on girls' education, the utilisation of educational technology, and non-government school funding policy.

She is well known for her fortnightly column in the North Shore Times[5] entitled "Ask the Teacher"[6] where she looks at issues regarding parenting and education.

Prior to commencing at Wenona, Scott was the Principal of Roseville College from 2006, and commenced in the role of Principal of Wenona College in July 2011. She previously worked as Head of Senior School and Director of Studies at Oxford Falls Grammar School and as a systems analyst for Olivetti.[7]

Scott is an advocate for single sex education.[8]

In 2015 she was diagnosed with lung cancer.[9]

In 2021 Scott's views on sexual consent education in schools received widespread publicity.[10][11][12]

She is married to Mark Scott, Secretary of the New South Wales Department of Education.[13]


  1. Wenona School
  2. "The Year that Made Me: Briony Scott, 2016". ABC Radio National. 2019-09-29. Retrieved 2021-03-09.
  3. Arlington, Kim (2015-09-25). "How Wenona principal Briony Scott found inspiration from her students". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2021-03-09.
  4. http://www.divingmedicine.info/CV2012.pdf
  5. The North Shore Times | North Shore Local News
  6. The North Shore Times | North Shore Local News
  7. Book.indd[permanent dead link]
  8. "Wenona school principal Briony Scott says girls' schools more relevant than ever". Australian Financial Review. 2018-12-06. Retrieved 2021-03-09.
  9. "I was 52, a non-smoker, and told I had lung cancer. Life as I knew it was over | Briony Scott". the Guardian. 2016-11-23. Retrieved 2021-03-09.
  10. Scott, Briony (2021-02-23). "Schools can't end the scourge of sexual assault, adults behaving like adults can". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2021-03-09.
  11. "Why schools can't be the only answer when it comes to tackling sexual assault". www.abc.net.au. 2021-03-05. Retrieved 2021-03-09.
  12. "School-aged sexual assaults highlight broad societal ignorance". 4BC. 2021-02-25. Retrieved 2021-03-09.
  13. Baker, Jordan (March 2, 2019). "Mark and Briony Scott: on a learning curve - just don't mention NAPLAN". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 March 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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