Schools pride themselves, and are ranked on, delivering exam results and University places, but are they really preparing children for the fast-paced world around us? ask Jo and Alison. With our technology-heavy lives and a changing workplace, how and why are schools ensuring that their pupils develop the 4 C’s; excellent communication skills, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking?


Alison MelroseHead Elect of Prince’s Gardens Preparatory School, Alison Melrose has worked in co-educational and single-sex London Prep schools for over 20 years.

Starting her career at Norland Place leading on pre-prep curriculum and enrichment, Alison moved to Broomwood Hall where she was Head of one of their schools for eight years and latterly worked centrally across the group as a Director. During her teaching career, Alison has worked across all Prep age groups and has been a co-opted school governor for over seven years, leading the development of a bilingual curriculum and school improvement.

Alison joined Cognita in 2017 to develop the expansion of their London schools and has been appointed as Head Elect of Prince’s Gardens Preparatory School which opens in September 2020 in Kensington.


Jo StoreyJo joined Cognita in 2018 as Director of Education and is currently Principal of Quinton House School. Her Headships have enabled her to build schools which are both innovative and provide students with the skills necessary for a rapidly changing world. Jo truly believes a happy child is a successful child.

Jo Storey has worked in the education sector for over 25 years and has worked within coeducational schools, single-sex schools and diamond model schools.; selective and non-selective schools. Jo started her career as a Risk Analyst before becoming a senior lecturer in Mathematics and Statistics. Jo’s research profile includes work on the impact of drug and alcohol abuse. During her teaching career, Jo has been a teacher of Mathematics and Statistics, a Head of Department, was Deputy Principal at New Hall School and Head of Thornton College.

  Saturday 24 April 2021 10:00-17:00
Sunday 25 April 2021 10:30-16:30

  Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London, SW8 4NW