We are delighted to announce that Ellie Grunewald has been appointed Headteacher from 1st September 2022.
With a teaching career spanning over 20 years, Ellie is extremely well placed to build on our school’s strengths and lead us into the next stage of our exciting expansion to an 11+ school. We are particularly excited by Ellie’s wealth of teaching and leadership experience and her passion for cultivating both academic excellence and emotional and social wellbeing in schools.
Most recently, Ellie was Head Teacher at Connaught House School, a similarly sized Preparatory school in central London, where she was responsible for the whole school curriculum, from Early Years to Key Stage Two, preparing children for 11+ exams and interviews and establishing relationships with independent senior schools in London and beyond. Ellie has gained extensive professional experience in all areas of school leadership, operations and people management. Ellie has also obtained additional qualifications in coaching which she has put to effective use with pupils and fellow educators for a number of years.
Prior to her headship at Connaught House School, Ellie taught at North Bridge House Preparatory School for over a decade across a number of year groups and subjects. Here, Ellie further developed her teaching approach which is multi-disciplinary and centres on providing opportunities for independence of thought, creativity and enrichment which aligns so well with the focus on thematic learning at The Children’s House.
Ellie shared “I can’t wait to get to know the children, their families and all the staff at The Children’s House over the coming months. This is a very exciting time for the school, and I’ll be bringing a comprehensive knowledge of Key Stage Two and the 11+, gained from many years in the classroom, to deliver an outstanding curriculum. My vision is to immerse the children in exciting schemes of work that are academically and creatively broad and endow pupils with critical thinking, confidence and a love of learning that will send them off at 11, more than ready for the next stage of their education.”