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Teenage anxiety is more prevalent than ever. So what are schools doing to identify, combat and remedy the worrying trend?
Chris Wheeler joined Monkton as Principal in January 2016. He was elected Vice Chair of HMC for 2019-20 and has served on HMC’s Inspection Sub Committee. He previously served as Principal and CEO at Hillcrest International Schools in Kenya, Headmaster at St Christopher's, Hove, and has variously been Deputy Head, Housemaster (day and boarding) and Head of English.
Chris continues to teach English and Drama and is passionate about innovative and inspirational education whether seeking effective ways to use technology to enhance classroom practice, developing ever stronger ways to take a proactive approach to pastoral care or forging international links to ensure pupils have a genuinely global outlook. Chris leads on various partnership projects including founding the Bath Schools Choir Who Can’t Sing, linking with Jamie’s Farm to support children at risk of exclusion and developing a pupil exchange programme with Flakefleet Primary in Lancashire.
In addition to his work at HMC, he is an ISI Team Inspector and a trustee of the Lywood Colley Academy Trust. He has previously served as a Trustee with the Palladian Academy Trust, a member of the Court of the University of Bath, an examiner at GCSE and A-level for both English and Literature and often speaks at churches and chapels across the country. When not doing any of these things, he likes to take to the hills with his paraglider or head to the Alps to snowboard; in quieter moments he walks his dogs or reads a good book.
He is married to Georgie and has three children at Monkton Prep.
In 2019 Nikki Levitan co-founded The Visionaries - an organisation dedicated to wilderness-based rite of passage programmes for schools.
Nikki is an empowerment coach, wellbeing practitioner and a community builder.
Nikki is an emotional wellbeing practitioner for a secondary school, as well as a consultant for many schools helping to make wellbeing a priority. She supports students, staff and parents both at grassroots and whole school approach level to weave wellbeing into the existing fabric of the school.
A former youth worker and social justice activist. She has a passion for working with young people through one to one coaching and teaching wellbeing, leadership and positive psychology. She supports young people to self-discover through identifying their driving values and character strengths, then creates platforms where they can put their purpose into action within their wider communities.
Nikki is the founder of Community of Opportunity, a project committed to building a community of changemakers through creating platforms for transformation, wellbeing and self-discovery.
Charismatic leader Natasha Dangerfield took the helm as Westonbirt Headmistress in 2013. Commencing her career teaching Physical Education at Downe House, Natasha progressed through a variety of roles at prominent independent schools, gaining significant experience in teaching, pastoral care and leadership.
In the years preceding her headship, Natasha enjoyed success as Head of PE and Sixth Form Boarding at North Foreland Lodge, Director of Pastoral Care at Gordonstoun and Deputy Headmistress at Harrogate Ladies. Runner up in 2017 as ‘Best Head of a Public School’ in the prestigious Tatler Schools Awards, Natasha has been aptly described as ‘turbo-charged’ by Absolutely Education magazine.
After a significant career working with children and as a mother of three teens, Mrs Dangerfield believes in supporting individuals to become the best version of themselves.
At Westonbirt she has fostered an environment to create inspiring opportunities where students are encouraged to learn from their mistakes and to risk more than others in doing so.