St Joseph’s College
WHO WE ARE
Introducing the Prep School staff
Mrs Amanda Childs
Head of Prep School
With 13 years of experience as a Prep Head, I am proud to have recently joined the St Jo’s team. My number one priority is to help the children love learning through offering them exciting experiences which will stay in their memories for a lifetime.
Mrs Dianne Searle
Deputy Head of Prep School
I have been the Deputy Head of the Prep School since 2016. I love the ethos of this school and that all our staff are committed to ensuring children learn and grow in a safe, happy and successful environment. My goal is to help all our pupils become resourceful, resilient young people, motivated and well-equipped to go on to lead their best lives.
Mr Fred Wenham
Director of Sport (Prep and Transition)
With a background in leading independent schools and professional sport settings, it is my mission to revolutionise sport at the College whilst raising the awareness, responsibility and confidence of the children to make good decisions both in life and on the pitch.
Mrs Hayley Bestley
Class Teacher and Literacy Coordinator
I have been teaching in the Prep School since 2011. I am passionate about literacy and capturing the hearts and minds of children to develop their love for reading and writing.
Mrs Clare Gardiner
Class Teacher and PSHE & RE Coordinator
I run the School Council in the Prep School. It is important that the students get an opportunity to put forward their ideas. One of the greatest aspects about working at the College is seeing how children grow from when they start in Reception class until they leave our Sixth Form.
Mr Gregg Weaver
Class Teacher and Science Coordinator
I joined St Joseph’s in 2004 and particularly enjoy teaching Science. I am especially well known for my wacky wardrobe, wild animal collection and unique sense of humour!
Mrs Kelly Taylor
Early Years Teacher
I joined St Joseph’s Prep School in 2017. I am an advocate for the importance of the Early Years and create and deliver my curriculum around a great love of learning through play and being outdoors in nature.
Mrs Elska Hughes
Teacher of Engineering and Mathematics
Since 2012 I have had a variety of roles: leading sports for girls in the Prep School, preparing pupils for transition across our campus as a Year 6 Form Teacher and now leading Engineering in the Prep. With my skilled colleagues, I really cherish the opportunities and freedom to teach to the best of our abilities in an inclusive and diverse environment.
Mrs Joy Oakley
Learning Support Teacher
I work within the Prep School team to ensure our pupils have the learning enhancements they might need in order to flourish. This includes learning adjustments, support and interventions.
Mrs Victoria Gillard
I have recently celebrated 20 years of service at the College. I have enjoyed working with so many wonderful staff and children; supporting every child to reach their full potential.
Mrs Tracy McGinn
I have recently celebrated 22 years of service at the College. I have enjoyed working with so many wonderful staff and children; supporting every child to be their best and reach their full potential.