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Top team to lead Wandsworth Prep School

6th March 2012

Wandsworth Prep School is delighted to announce that Melissa McBride has been appointed as Head of the school, and that Bridget Saul has been appointed as Deputy Head. Currently Head of Year 8 and Head of PSHCE at Thomas’s London Day School in Battersea, Melissa, who lives in Wandsworth, has a wealth of experience to bring to the school.  At Thomas’s she has worked alongside the senior management team to deliver a wide range of whole school initiatives, with responsibility for curriculum planning, liaising with parents on pastoral and academic matters, and line management of six Year 8 form tutors. Bridget, who also joins from Thomas’s, has fifteen years of teaching under her belt and eleven years’ experience as Head of Department. She is also Monitoring and Evaluation Co-ordinator at Thomas’s and heavily involved in 11+ and 13+ and its implications on curriculum planning and delivery. She also works closely with the school’s Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator to identify and monitor the progress of gifted and talented pupils as they progress through the school. Both Melissa and Bridget are keen to meet prospective parents of Wandsworth Prep at the Open Mornings taking place on the 24th and 31st March to explain their vision for the school. “Wandsworth Prep School will aim to turn out intellectually curious pupils who are ready to take a full, active and positive role as a global citizen, and above all strive to instill in pupils a love of lifetime learning and foster an atmosphere of mutual respect,” Melissa explains. “The highest level of integrity, credibility and leadership from me and my senior management team will be required in order to establish the strong withstanding relationships necessary to implement and achieve the school’s strategic vision.  We are determined that every decision we make addresses the question; ‘How will it benefit the pupils?" Melissa’s initial objective as Head will be to establish and drive the core mission, vision and values of the school in order to set a clear direction for the future, and to ensure the strong withstanding relationships with parents and the wider school community are developed and protected. “Commitment, stamina, leadership, ambition, love of a challenge, and the ability to think on my feet, are just some of the qualities I will be bringing to the role at Wandsworth Prep. My record of achievement as an ‘Outstanding’ teacher and a highly successful manager with whole school responsibilities, together with the investment and quality of support from Bellevue Education that is being provided make me very excited about this new challenge.” You can meet Melissa and Bridget at the Wandsworth Prep School Open Mornings which are taking place on the 24th and 31st March (10:00 – 12:00). Click here to book your place.