Dr McNerney Head
Mr McConnell Deputy Head
Mr Crook Deputy Head
Mr Waddington Director of Studies
Mrs Funnell Head Early Years and Foundation Stage
Ms Hair School Business Manager
Nursery | T: 01923 828857
MTP | T: 01923 825648
Who Can Help?
Miss East Head's PA
For pastoral or academic issues you may wish to contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your son’s Form Teacher Nursery-Y4 or Tutor if in Y5-8
J1: Mr Goddard
L1: Mr Kopel
N1: Mrs Hawkes
W1: Miss Levy
J2: Mr Roach
L2: Mr Greenish
N2: Mr Todd
W2: Mr Bowman
J3: Miss Burke
L3: Mr Denham
N3: Mr Van Straten
W3: Mrs Waddell
If your child is absent for any reason, please contact the School Office on 01923 825648 or via email: office@ before 9:00 am mtpn.org.uk
Music lessons - contact the Director of Music through the School Office on 01923 825648 or via email: email@example.com
If your enquiry is about lost property please contact the Form Tutor or House Tutor.
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. TONY MCCONNELL MA (Hons), PGCE, FHA
Deputy Head of School
Tony grew up in London. He was a pupil at St Paul’s School before reading History at Cambridge. He then studied for his PGCE before entering teaching, spending 11 years in a variety of roles at a large North London comprehensive. He has published extensively about History and History education, with particular interests in American political culture and different scales of curriculum planning. He is one of the editors of Teaching History and is a Fellow of the Historical Association. He joined the then Northwood Prep in 2014 as Head of History, becoming operational Deputy Head of Merchant Taylors’ Prep in September 2018.
MR. ANDREW CROOK BA (Hons), PGCE
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 is Deputy Head (Pastoral) and is The Prep School's Designated Safeguarding Lead and Chair of the Pastoral Committee, the House system and the Common Room.
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.
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.
MS COLLEEN HAIR BA (Hons)
School Business Manager
Colleen joined in 2018, supporting our Administration and Site Team. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in English in 2008. Throughout her career, she has worked in various business roles including: retail management, operations management and customer service. In her capacity as SBM, she now leads HR, procurement and all site operations functioning at the school. In 2019 she completed a diploma in HR and will complete the diploma in School Business Manager (via ISBL) in 2021.