Curry and Beans, two foods that are not always a natural pair – however, it seems that Years 3 and 4, plus acting are a perfect match! Several of the performances from the boys were total showstoppers and it is great to see some young people clearly find a passion that they didn’t previously know existed. That is the beauty of a broad curriculum and dedicated staff; we are lucky that, as an independent school, we can choose to develop this vital side of education without the pressure of league tables to distract us.
The weather has dominated a lot of this half term, but it has not detracted from a superb term of rugby for all of the boys in Years 3 to 6. A lot of hard work has gone on behind the scenes to get the boys to the levels they are now at. I know that the enhanced cricket facilities at our disposal next term will bring about at least the same level of performance, if not more.
Here’s to a great summer term, and hopefully some glorious sunshine!
Derek Suttie appointed as new Headmaster of St Edward’s Prep
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Derek Suttie as the new Head of St Edward’s Prep, Reading. Derek, who will be joining the school in September, is currently Head of the Primary School at the International School in Como, Italy. He has accumulated a wealth of experience, having taught in and led prep schools in the UK and all over the world.
Derek has particular experience in identifying opportunities to extend and improve provision, pushing for higher standards across the curriculum. Everything from Maths to Physical Education to Learning Support has come under his scrutiny, and he also has specialisms in Science and Outdoor Learning, fitting well with the school’s strong focus on STEAM subjects.
Commenting on his appointment, Derek said: “I am really looking forward to joining St Edward’s Prep. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the school during the interview process and meeting pupils and staff. I saw exciting learning taking place throughout the school and it was clear that significant developments have been made in recent years. I am looking forward to working with staff, parents and pupils to build on what the school is already doing well, and extending the provision we offer our pupils throughout the curriculum and beyond.”
Sam Antrobus, Executive Chair of Wishford Schools, added: “We are excited to welcome Derek to St Edward’s Prep. His huge experience and proactive style made him the ideal candidate in a strong field, and we look forward to seeing how his experience impacts our happy and successful school.”
Mr Suttie will be available to meet with parents over refreshments on Monday 30th of April from 4pm-6pm and again on Tuesday 1st of May from 8.15am-9.30am. We hope to see as many of you that can make it for an informal chat and to welcome him to the school.