Meet the Prep Team, the form teachers and subject specialists who provide such an inspiring and innovative learning experience for our older children.
Amber O’Sullivan, Year 3 Form Tutor, Geography Co-ordinator and Forest School tutor
After doing her degree in Primary Education and working in a school for two years, Amber was ready for a change. She spent seven months on a round-the-world trip, giving her a wealth of knowledge and experience to bring back into the classroom. On her return, she began working at St David’s.
She says: I feel extremely grateful to be able to work at St David’s and cannot wait for the years ahead of me! I am really enjoying being the lead for Geography; the subject is a particular passion of mine, as my love of travel indicates!
Anouska Blaza, Year 4B Form Tutor and MFL Co-ordinator
After graduating from Oxford University with a Modern Foreign Languages degree, Anouska worked at several advertising agencies in London. Realising she wanted to make full use of her degree whilst working with children, Anouska spent time teaching in South America before doing her PGCE. She has headed up MFL at several schools, teaching Italian, Spanish and French.
In her spare time, Anouska enjoys spending time with her young family, travel and theatre trips.
She says, “I am so thrilled to be a part of St David’s Prep. It is a lovely school where the children come first, and their happiness and achievements are clear to see. I would love to raise the profile of languages at St David’s, and look forward to getting to know all the children and celebrating the rich diversity we have here.”
Nathalie Skelton, Year 4S Form Tutor and History Co-ordinator
Having gained a degree in Modern Language’s from Oxford University, Nathalie qualified as a solicitor and worked for several years in the city as a projects lawyer. She took a career break to bring up her three children and over the years spent time helping in her children’s school. She soon realised that the education sector was where her heart was and re-qualified as a primary school teacher. She is bi-lingual in French and has a passion for history.
Nathalie says “St David’s is a warm, welcoming school with a distinct family ethos. It’s academic strengths combined with its encouragement of extra-curricular activities ensures a truly well-rounded education”.
Ellie Bonner, Year 5 Form Tutor and English Co-ordinator
St David’s is an incredibly sociable and welcoming school and I am delighted to have become part of the team.
Children are encouraged to have their own voice and the pastoral care for every child makes this school a very special place.
I have a passion for teaching English and am delighted therefore to be leading this subject across the whole school. I hope to ensure the strong tradition of teaching English continues as well as introducing some fresh ideas to develop the pupils’ love of the subject.
My other passion is sport and I am thoroughly enjoying the opportunity presented to me to teach games in the Prep school. I hope to develop sports at St David’s in a range of disciplines including the science behind physical education.
In my spare time, I enjoy playing netball, spending time with friends and family and visits to concerts and the theatre.
Alison McHugh, Year 5 Form Tutor and PHSEE Co-ordinator
I have always had a love of working with children and from an early age knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I have taught for 20 years in primary schools in Croydon and Bromley. I have trained as a SENCO and have a particular interest in working and supporting pupils with dyslexia.
I have loved my first few weeks at St David’s, the friendly, family atmosphere has made it very easy to feel ‘at home’ in the school community. I am looking forward to supporting pupils develop and learn to the best of their potential.
Outside of school I enjoy creative hobbies, gardening and camping with my family.
Becky Sowter, Year 6 Form Tutor and Music Co-ordinator
Becky had wanted to be a teacher, for as long as she can remember. With a love of music and inspired by her Music and Physics teachers, she went to Goldsmiths’ College, University of London to study, followed by a PGCE in Secondary Music. Although the first half of her teaching career was in secondary schools, she is thoroughly enjoying her move to prep school.
She says: In my spare time I love to go walking and cycling with my family and friends and I also love camping. I run a thriving community choir called SOL Choir, now six and a half years old, for the people of Eden Park and the surrounding area. I also lead the musical worship at St John’s, Eden Park where my family regularly attend.
Simon Hunter, Head of Games and Boys’ Pastoral Care
Simon Hunter joined St David’s a year after leaving school in 2009. He joined us as a student and has progressed throughout his years here in a number of different roles. Mr Hunter is Head of Games and in charge of Boys’ Pastoral Care. He has enjoyed passing on his knowledge of sport to all the pupils from Reception to Year 6. He teaches Science to most year groups He is currently going through an Open University course to give him his degree in ‘Primary Education’.
He says: The family atmosphere and happy faces attracted me to the school. I have always enjoyed watching the children progress all the way through the school and I like to think I have helped in their progression. I feel very lucky to be a part of such a caring and happy school!
Felicity Campbell, Computing Teacher
After gaining her honours degree in Education from Exeter University, Felicity has taught in several prep schools around the South East, latterly in Central London where she was in charge of computing.
Amongst other things, she loves listening to classical music and playing board games with her family!
She says ‘I enjoy a challenge, fixing things, learning and trying out new technology. I soon realised here at St David’s and with the Wishford involvement, I have a fabulous team to work with and an opportunity to keep using technology to enhance school learning and make a positive difference! Must go, I’ve got a robot to work on….’
Sue Stock, Librarian
Sue Stock is now the longest serving member of our staff team, having worked at St David’s for over thirty years.
In her own words she says, ‘St David’s is truly in my blood. I enjoy working alongside lovely colleagues and count it a privilege to continually see children achieve more than they ever think possible’.
Sue’s domain is the school library, a cosy space where books are shared and discussed, recommendations made and most importantly, a place where our pupils develop a love of books and the joy of reading. Her mantra being, ‘Relax, read and enjoy!’
Overseeing the recently implemented Reading Buddy Scheme has been a delight for Sue who wholeheartedly believes that reading, like any skill, needs constant practice. Seeing the older pupils interacting and encouraging the younger ones is very special.
For the past two years, Sue has been a valuable member of the School Journey team and, much to her surprise, has thoroughly enjoyed herself!
A strong supporter of the school, Sue gives generously of her time and has a real heart for promoting and assisting in the many charity fundraising events held throughout the year.
Sue says, ‘St David’s is a special place to work and I am grateful for the many opportunities I have been given through being part of such a lovely, friendly, caring, happy and hardworking school’.
Dannielle Merritt, Teaching Assistant
Dannielle joined us in October 2014 after completing her FHEQ level 4 in supporting teaching and learning in primary schools. She joined us as a lunchtime supervisor and part time teaching assistant. In September 2015 she became a teaching assistant with Year 5. She is now currently working alongside Mrs Sowter in Year 6.
Dannielle says: ‘I feel privileged to work at this amazing and welcoming school. St David’s is very much a family orientated school and the care and support the teachers and pupils receive is wonderful to witness on a daily basis.
Pamela Woodhouse, Teaching Assistant
Pamela works in both Prep and Pre-Prep and she says it is her ‘dream job’.
She comments: ‘not only do I get to know and work with everyone across this amazingly friendly school, but I also get to use all the skills and knowledge gained in my Open University studies. The staff here are incredibly supportive of each other, which seems to have rubbed off on the children’s approach to one another, resulting in daily acts of kindness. Who wouldn’t want to work and learn in such an atmosphere!