Meet the Head & Pupils
Head of Junior Boys
The school welcomed Dean Richards as Head of Junior Boys from September 2018.
"When you meet our boys, like me you will be warmed by their kindness, inspired by their determination and impressed with their confidence."
Dean has been immersed in prep school education for nearly quarter of a century, most recently as a Deputy Head at Hampton Pre-Prep and Prep School. His experience is varied and mixed and he brings to the School not only his teaching and leadership expertise but a passion for sport.
WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES JUNIOR BOYS SPECIAL?
The boys are very proud of their school and equally but unpretentiously so, of their own achievements and the accomplishments of others. The teachers and staff have a wonderful ‘all in it together’ spirit which is reflected in their going that extra mile to notice, support, provide opportunities and build strong relationships with their pupils.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BRING TO THE SCHOOL?
Continuity but also considered challenge. To promote and celebrate an ‘I can do’ culture. Ultimately, my aim is to build on the successes of the School the whilst making sure that everything we do is for the benefit of the boys.
WHAT'S THE MOST SATISFYING PART OF THE JOB?
To be an educator at this stage of a young person’s development is so rewarding. Their thirst for information is uninhibited and unrelinquishing so it is a privilege to help them establish the skills, values and attitudes that enable them to become confident, constructive citizens and above all else kind individuals.
hOW DO YOU THINK PUPILS WOULD DESCRIBE YOU?
When I asked the pupils from my former school, they said ‘fair, honest, trusted, demanding and understanding’. These are certainly qualities I hope not to lose and ones the boys here will soon respect and appreciate me for.
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