Who's Who?

Dr McNerney Head of School 
Mr Hibbert Assistant Head of School
Mr Crook Deputy Head
Mr Waddington Director of Studies 
Mrs Funnell Head Early Years and Foundation Stage
Mrs Egan School Business Manager 

Contact Numbers

Nursery | T: 01923 828857
MTP | T: 01923 825648

Who Can Help?

Mrs Crossan Head's PA 

For pastoral or academic issues you may wish to contact:  office@remove-this.mtpn.org.uk

Your son’s Form Teacher Nursery-Y4 or Tutor if in Y5-8

J1Mr De Vynck  J2Mr Roach  J3Miss Burke 
L1Mr Kopel  L2Mr Greenish  L3Mrs Hibbert 
N1Mrs Hawkes  N2Mr Todd  N3Mrs Ly 
W1Miss Levy  W2Mr Bowman  W3Mr McConnell 

If your child is absent for any reason, please contact the School Office on 01923 825648 or via email: office@remove-this.mtpn.org.uk before 9:00 am

Music lessons - contact the Director of Music through the School Office on 01923 825648 or via email: office@remove-this.mtpn.org.uk

If your enquiry is about lost property please contact the Form Tutor or House Tutor. 

Senior Leadership Team

DR. KAREN MCNERNEY BSc (Hons), PGCE, MSc, EdD

Head of School
Karen grew up and was educated in Wimbledon. She graduated from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne with an Honours degree in Biochemistry. However, she knew that she always wanted to teach and moved to Swansea to complete a P.G.C.E in Primary Teaching. She has taught both boys and girls in prep. schools in North London and Hertfordshire before joining Northwood Prep in 2001. Karen completed her Doctorate of Education in 2012 and is working towards applying the findings of her research into practice at MTP. Karen started as Head of Merchant Taylors' Prep from September 2015.

MR. MICHAEL HIBBERT BEd, QTS

Assistant Head of School
Michael grew up in the mining heartland of South Africa. He was educated at Carleton Jones High School in Carletonville, and later went on to Study at the North West University in Potchefstroom. After completing his national service in the South African Air Force, Michael followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather by working in the South African gold mines. The majority of his 10 year mining career was spent in environmental engineering. At the age of 30, Michael had a midlife crisis, retired from mining, along with his wife Babitah, and went to study teaching. To this day most of his family thinks he is crazy. He then went on to teach in the same school he attended whilst completing his teaching degree. In 2005 the desire to see the world led Michael and Babitah to London for a year-long working holiday, teaching and travelling. They fell in love with the UK and never left. Michael has been at Northwood Prep since 2012 as Head of Science. Before this he taught all three sciences to GCSE students and Physics to A-level and led a large department in a state secondary school. In his spare time Michael is a keen sportsman and has at some stage given most sports a go with varying degrees of success. He is currently a keen triathlete and has completed a few marathons, cycle races and 70.3 mile triathlons. Michael was appointed Assistant Head of Merchant Taylors' Prep from September 2015.

MR. ANDREW CROOK BA (Hons) PGCE 

Deputy Head
Andrew was educated locally at Harrow County Grammar School and with teachers as parents, vowed never to enter the teaching profession. He duly graduated from Lancaster University with an Honours degree in French, obtained his postgraduate teaching qualification in Modern Languages at King's College, London and taught in France for two years at the Université de Perpignan and a Lycée in the Alps before returning to teach at two London independent schools. In 1991 he joined Northwood Prep to teach French and introduce German and Spanish to the oldest pupils and impart his passion for languages, travel and sport through his games coaching and a variety of trips and activities. He has been Director of Studies and, subsequently, Head of Senior School, a role that involves him fully in the busy academic and pastoral life of the school.

MR RICHARD WADDINGTON BA (Hons), PGCE

Director of Studies, Head of Classics, L2 Tutor

Richard was educated at Eastbourne College, where he won the Duke of Devonshire Classics Prize. He read English Literature and Classical Studies at Reading University, where he became an Army Bursar. Richard opted for teaching, gaining his PGCE (Classics) at St. Mary’s University College, London. Working in preparatory schools since the 1990s, Richard has successfully taught English, Greek, History, Latin and Religious Studies to 13+. He has been Head of Classics at Northwood Prep since 1999, during which period he has also been, at different times, Head of History and Head of Religious Studies. Richard has written several textbooks for the School, and is an ISEB 13+ Examination Setter. As Director of Studies he  leads the Heads of Subject as they teach the broad and wonderfully rich preparatory school syllabus, and he is responsible for managing assessment data in the School. When not teaching, Richard is a keen cyclist, and a self-confessed rugby nut. He is also a fan of (in no particular order) JRR Tolkien, science fiction, ancient epic and history, and Test Match Special. Richard is married to Marina, and has a daughter, Emily, and a son, Noah.

MRS SALLY FUNNELL BEd
 
Head of Pre Prep School and Early Years
Sally grew up and was educated locally, in Rickmansworth. After graduating with a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of London she returned to work in primary schools in the area. Her degree specialised in the development of primary age children and children with individual needs, and these interests have always been at the heart of her teaching career. During this career Sally has enjoyed a variety of responsibilities, including twelve years as part of a Senior Leadership Team (SENCo Lead, Assistant or Deputy Head roles) and fifteen years leading a Nursery and Early Years team. She joined Northwood Prep School as Head of Nursery in 2012 and moved to become Head of Junior School in September 2015.
Since joining the Northwood Prep team Sally has been particularly interested in how children learn and develop through positive outdoor experiences and is looking forward to developing this passion further in the magnificent school grounds.
Outside school, Sally has had a lifelong involvement in the guiding movement and has led a Brownie Unit for over thirty years. After an inspiring first trip to Jinja, Uganda in 2010 she is now a trustee of the Jinja Educational Trust, which aims to improve the education, health and welfare of young people in Uganda. Sally is married to Tony and has three grown up children.

MRS ANGELA EGAN

School Business Manager

Angela joined Northwood Prep in August 1997 and has carried out many roles within the Administration/Finance/Welfare Departments. She was educated at the Rosary Covent in Hampstead.  On completing her education, she joined Lloyds Bank plc where she progressed through the ranks to Assistant Branch  Manager. In her capacity as School Business Manager she now leads the Finance and Site Teams and enjoys all the variety her position brings.  In November 2007 she successfully completed the NCSL Diploma of School Business Management. The pastoral care and life of the school is very important to her and many happy times are spent with the pupils.  She is a keen football  supporter  and supports Watford in her spare time.

 


DR TREVOR LEE B.Ed.(Hons., Exon), M.Ed. (Cantab.), Ed.D (Hull)

Principal
 of Merchant Taylors' Prep
Trevor qualified as a teacher in the late seventies and has enjoyed a broad base to his teaching experience before joining Northwood Prep. in 1997. This has ranged from the demands of running a busy department in a comprehensive school, a House Master's position at Dulwich College and a first Headship at another London Prep. school. He gained his Master's degree in Education at Jesus College, Cambridge and was awarded a Doctorate from the Business School at Hull University in 2005. Dr. Lee is a Research Associate at the National College for Leadership of Schools and Childrens' Services and has published papers in the UK, North America and Australia. He was the ESU Page Scholar in 2006, working in schools in Boston, Syracuse, Rochester NY and Philadelphia. His current research interests include strategic leadership, school improvement through collaborative enquiry and the promotion of pupil well-being. His first book - Strategy and Leadership for Turbulent TImes - was published last year and is available worldwide via Amazon. With continued encouragement from an innovative and supportive Board of Governors, Trevor has managed to develop his teaching role by contributing to educational conferences as far afield as San Francisco, London, New York, Edinburgh, Ottawa, San Diego and Chicago. As a former England schools rugby international, he is keen supporter of Saracens RFC and the national side. Outside of school he is a member of the M.C.C., enjoys all forms of music and is on the leadership team of a local church.

  
  

Prep School Staff

MR HIBBERT
BEd, QTS
SLT
Assistant Head of School
MR CROOK
BA (Hons) PGCE
SLT
Deputy Head
J3 Tutor
MR WADDINGTON
BA (Hons), PGCE
SLT
Director of Studies
Head of Classics
MISS BURKE
BSc (Hons), MSc
and PGCE
Y5/Y6 Maths
Head of Johnson
MRS HIBBERT
BEd, QTS
Head of ICT
L3 Tutor
Head of Livingstone
MR TODD
BEd (Hons), MA
Director of Sport
Head of Newton
MR BOWMAN
BA (Hons), PGCE
Head of Geography
W2 Tutor
Head of Wren 
MR ROACH
BA (Hons), PGCE
Head of ADT
J2 Tutor
MR KOPEL
DESS (MA eqv) QTS
Head of Modern
Foreign Languages
L1 Tutor 
MR HINTON
BA (Hons), QTS
Head of Speech and Drama. IAP
S Subject Co-ordinator N3 Tutor
MR MCCONNELL
MA (Hons), PGCE
Head of History
W3 Tutor
 
MR DE VYNCK
BSc (Hons). QTS
Head of Science
J1 Tutor
 
MRS POLLOCK
MA (Hons), MSc,
QTS
Head of R.S.
MRS HAWKES
BA, Dip.T
Director of Music
N1 Tutor 
MRS LY
BA (Hons) QTS
Head of English
MR WESTACOTT
BEd (Hons),
MA( Hons)
Emeritus Maths
Teacher HOD
MRS WILLIAMS
BEd (Hons) QTS 
SENDICO
MISS LEVY
BA
Maths 
MR GREENISH
MPhys, PGCE.
Maths
L2 Tutor
MISS SPEAR
Bach of Learning Management
English Teacher
MRS SCALES
BA(Ed) with QTS.
Y3/4 Co-ordinator
Y3 Form Teacher
MR GODDARD
BA (Ed)
Y3 Form Teacher
 
MISS GAVACAN
BA(Hons),PGCE
Y4 Form Teacher
MISS MARSHALL
BA (Hons)  
Y4 Form Teacher
 
 
MRS SMITH
BA. Lib.
Learning Resource
Centre Mgr.
MRS MORTIMER
Dipl. Mont. FdEY.
Bsc (hons) Sp.L.D. Learning Support
MRS LAD
MA (Hons), PGCE
French
 
MR DENHAM
BSc(Hons) PGCE
Sports Coach
 
 
 
MR HORNE
BTEC Dip
Science/Theatre
Technician
Director of Cricket
MR LEHANE
BA (Hons)
Director of Rugby 
 
MR EVANS
UEFA B Coaching Award
Director of Football
 
MR MCNAMARA
BEd
Football Coach
 
MR O'BRIEN
 Sports Coach
MR LEE
Microsoft Engineer
MR WINN
IT Technician
 
MR RICE
ISAMS Administrator

 
MRS GADD
CACHE Lv3
School Assistant
MS NICHOLAS
BSc (Hons), Grad
Dip Law, PGCE
On  Maternity Leave
MRS NYE
School Assistant
MRS DANDEKER
NVQ Lv3
School Assistant
MRS McMANUS
School Assistant
MRS VOHORA
NVQ Lv2
School Assistant
MRS CICCONE
NNEB in Nursery Nursing

Pre-Prep Staff

MRS FUNNELL
BEd
SLT
Head of Pre Prep
and Early Years
MRS STEED
BSc (Hons), PGCE, MA
Y2 Form Teacher
Deputy Head of Pre Prep

 

MRS LADBURY
BSc (Hons) and PGCE
Head of Nursery
MRS HALL
BA (Hons) PGCert Professional Practice in EYFS Teaching
Deputy Head of Nursery
MISS THOMPSON
BA (Hons) in Early Years Teaching and Learning
School Assistant
Breakfast/Tea Time Club Manager 
MRS BREWIS
Bach of Commerce
PGCE
Y2 Form Teacher
MISS LEACH
QTS BA (Hons)
Y1 Form Teacher
MISS TAYLOR
BA History (major)
Y1 Form Teacher
 
MRS HIGGINS
BA (Hons)
PGCE
Reception Form Teacher
MRS PAYNE
BSc (Hons) Medicinal Chemistry
PGCE
Reception Form Teacher
MR EDWARDS
Dip-Mus
Music Teacher
MRS MAXTED
NVQ Lv3
School Assistant
MRS MARTIN
NVQ Lv2
School Assistant
MRS SHEEKY
NVQ Lv3
School Assistant
 
 

 
MISS GILLIES
NNEB
School Assistant
MISS DANIEL
CACHE Level 3
Diploma in Child
Care and Education.
School Assistant
MRS REGAN-SMITH
NVQ 3
School Assistant
and After School
Care Assistant
MRS DAVIES
NNEB
School Assistant 
MISS HAYES
 NVQ Lv2
School Assistant
MISS FLITT

School Assistant
MISS WEST

School Assistant
MRS  KNOWLES
BA Hons MEd
School Assistant
 
 

Administration Staff

MRS CROSSAN
Head of
School's PA
MRS EGAN
School Business Manager
MRS MYTOM-HART
Accounts Assistant
MRS CROOK
Admissions Secretary
MRS DOUCH
Admin Assistant

 

MISS SADLER Receptionist
 
MRS CHAN-MAGUIRE
RN School Nurse
 
MRS LEE
Communications
Manager