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Who’s Who?

Dr McNerney Head 
Mr McConnell Deputy Head
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 Ghattaure Head's PA 

For pastoral or academic issues you may wish to contact:

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: before 9:00 am

Music lessons - contact the Director of Music through the School Office on 01923 825648 or via email:

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

Senior Leadership Team


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.



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.



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 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.



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. 


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.



School Business Manager

Angela joined the school 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.



Prep School Staff

Pre-Prep Staff

Administration Staff