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Meet the Headmistress

As Headmistress of Dean Close Pre-Preparatory School, ‘The Squirrels’, I am delighted to be part of the Dean Close family of schools.  

I have been the Head since September 2011 and have the great pleasure of seeing children grow from their first steps on their learning journey at two years of age, to becoming confident, articulate and well-developed seven year olds, ready for their exciting next adventure at the Prep School. 

We have a wonderful modern purpose-built school for our pupils, set in beautiful grounds with excellent facilities and resources. Although facilities are vital in giving children the opportunities and space to enable them to fully flourish and develop, I believe it is the philosophy and ethos of a school that makes all the difference to a child’s start on their educational journey. During my career, I have been lucky enough to have worked both in the UK and abroad, teaching from Reception to Year 6.

I have worked in two international schools, in Uganda and in Kenya, and this has given me the opportunity to experience and value many cultures and to bring this into my teaching.

My aim in all my teaching has always been to make learning ‘irresistible’ by which I mean providing such an exciting, challenging and vibrant educational environment that children can’t wait to start learning. 

The importance of each individual child is at the heart of all we do; the Christian faith underpins our school and we believe that each child is a valued and unique member of the community.  We are committed to enabling each child to fulfil their potential, finding and developing their talents.