Exams every year from the age of seven, hyper competitive entrance exams for boys and girls at 11+ and 13+, Common Entrance; many parents are asking is there another way?<
Neil McLaughlan has been Head Master of Westminster Cathedral Choir School since 2007. He graduated from Durham University with a First in Philosophy and Politics, before working in management consultancy with Accenture (then Andersen Consulting).
In 1997 he took up a vocational career in teaching, first at Worth School and then as Head of English and Director of Admissions at Downside School. The independent Good Schools Guide says of Neil’s leadership at WCCS: ‘Under Neil’s visionary yet kindly leadership, this has become an inspiring school that is going from strength to strength.’
Neil lives in London and is married to Philippa. They have two children: Miranda (13) who is at Godolphin and Latmyer School, and Edmund (12) who is at WCCS, and heading to KCS Wimbledon in 2020.
Helen Lowe has been Head of Bute House Preparatory School for Girls since 2012. During her thirty years’ career in education Helen has worked extensively in both the maintained and independent sectors, at secondary and primary schools, teaching English and Drama. She is a Governor at Hampton Boys’ School, a member of the Governors’ Education Committee at Latymer Upper School, a Team Inspector for ISI and sits on the Members and Accreditation Committee for the GSA.
Helen is committed to ensuring children move on to the ‘right school for them’ at 11+. Her school’s non-competitive academic ethos is unique; girls are encouraged to run their own best race. She works tirelessly with parents to choose the right school for their daughter and to support them in their navigation of the 11+ minefield!
Helen is married with two grown-up children and enjoys all aspects of the Arts in her spare time.
Sarah Segrave has been Headmistress of Eaton House The Manor Prep School and Director of Education for the Eaton House Group of Schools since 2016. She was educated at Cranbrook School in Kent before moving on to Durham University, where she gained her BA (Ed) in Education. Following that, she attended the Institute of Education in London, where she gained an MA in History.
She joined the school in 1993 as a history and Latin teacher, before taking on the Headship of Eaton House The Manor Pre-Preparatory School in 2001, and Eaton House The Manor Girls’ School in 2008.
According to Mrs Segrave, an outstanding education is one where teachers are emotionally connected with their pupils and where the relationships between the staff, pupils and parents are bound in a common sense of purpose. She wants Eaton House The Manor Boys’ School to combine rigorous academics with a warm and happy atmosphere and the wellbeing of her pupils and staff is of tremendous importance to her.
She ensures that on her watch every boy is known, noticed and supported and she is ambitious for all Eaton House The Manor pupils to 'look up and out' and play an active role in the school and wider community.
With over twenty years’ experience as a teacher and in the last decade, as a headteacher, Brendan has worked across the age groups in both single sex and co-educational environments and at three excellent independent schools before joining North Bridge House. He brings a wealth of experience as an educator and a leader to his dual role as Headteacher of North Bridge House Senior Schools – Canonbury and Hampstead, instilling a passion for a forward-thinking approach to teaching and learning.
Brendan first joined NBH Senior Hampstead in 2017 and since then the school has achieved record results for two years in a row and secured its prominent ranking in the Sunday Times Results tables. Brendan's philosophy is that schools should be great fun places to come to work and to learn - and that by setting the expectations levels very high, whilst supporting rather than pressurising pupils, excellent academic outcomes will follow.
Extending his role as Headteacher across the ‘Outstanding’ and fellow high-achieving NBH Senior Canonbury this academic year, Brendan is looking to implement best practice across both NBH Senior Schools, maintaining that happy children learn best. His and the NBH focus is firmly on the whole child, their whole environment, and their well-being, ensuring students are happy and removing all potential barriers to learning to give them the best possible life chances.
Brendan studied Geography at Durham (Hatfield College) before completing his PGCE in Secondary Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. Following that he completed his MA in Geography in Education. Brendan is married to Sarah and together they have four teenage children (Madeleine, Isabelle, Grace and Freddie). As a result, Mr Pavey brings an innate sense of understanding with regards to the challenges and rewards of guiding children on the transition from pre-teen to young adult. He has been a guest speaker at the Wellington Festival of Education as well as at many Cognita Conferences, and featured in the press on educational topics including mixed ability, noisy classrooms, and student wellbeing.