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Julia Arnold Huxley (December 11, 1862 - November 29, 1908) was an English educator, the daughter of Thomas Arnold, a professor of English literature and son of the famous headmaster of Rugby, and Julia Sorell, granddaughter of a former governor of Tasmania. Taking out a bank loan, Julia Huxley founded Prior's Field, a small but significant experimental girls' school in Godalming, Surrey, England, where she was its headmistress.

She was the granddaughter of the famous headmaster Thomas Arnold of Rugby (1795–1842, an English educator and headmaster of Rugby); daughter of Thomas Arnold (1823–1900), a professor of English literature, and Julia Sorell (1826–1888); sister of Mary Augusta Mrs. Humphry Ward (1851–1920); niece of Matthew Arnold (1822–1888), an English poet and critic; attended Oxford High School for Girls; earned a first-class degree in English literature from Somerville College, Oxford, in 1882 (one of the first women to attend), as a home student; married Leonard Huxley (1860–1933), an editor and author who taught at Charterhouse; children: (Noel) Trevenen Huxley (1890–1914); Julian Huxley (1887–1975, a biologist and writer who married Juliette Huxley; Aldous Huxley (1894–1963, a novelist and critic who married Maria Nuys Huxley , then Laura Archera Huxley ); Margaret Arnold Huxley (1896–1979).

She died of cancer on November 30, 1908, at the age of 46, after only six years as Headmistress, and was succeeded by Mrs Ethel Burton-Brown, who was Head from 1908 to 1927.

Both Julia Huxley and Ethel Burton-Brown are buried in Compton Cemetery, the grave of the latter being designed by Mary Watts, wife of the painter and sculptor George Frederic Watts (1817–1904).


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