A very warm welcome to our new headmaster

12 September 2017

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We are delighted to welcome Mr Tim Cannell, our new headmaster at Parsons Green Prep. Mr Cannell moves to us from The Prebendal School in Chichester, West Sussex, where he was the head for 12 years. He will cover Mrs Helen Stavert’s maternity leave and will take on the role on a permanent basis if Helen decides not to return to the school.

Mr Cannell has a wide variety of experience in education, with over 25 years within the independent sector. He has had responsibility for both pastoral welfare and academic excellence in schools. He was until recently chairman of the Choir Schools Association (CSA), is a member of IAPS (the Independent Association of Prep Schools), a governor of a boys’ prep school and an inspector for the ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate). He also holds a Masters in Educational Management.

‘Being an ISI inspector, I have seen and understand excellence in teaching and learning,’ said Mr Cannell. ‘I am also able to quickly understand schools and have the ability to work with parents to ensure that the school their child goes on to is the right one for them.’

‘I believe it is important to maintain and build on the ethos and vision of Parsons Green Prep,’ he continued. ‘On first looking around the school I was struck by the energy, enthusiasm and engagement of the children and staff. I firmly believe that schools should be places that put the pastoral welfare at their heart as if children feel happy and secure they will rise to the challenges that are put before them and have the courage to explore the many new opportunities that PGP has to offer. The vision is one of building on the fantastic things that are already happening, such as STEM and chess, and ensuring that the children are not only fully prepared to move on to their new schools but they learn lifelong skills and develop attitudes to learning and life that will allow them to be successful, whatever the future holds. For me it is the 30-year-old that looks back and understands how their education in the early years has shaped them and allowed them to flourish later in life. That shows what a real prep school education is about.’

Outside school, Tim’s hobbies and interests include walking and being outdoors, gardening, watching and taking part in sport, exploring new restaurants and renovating an old barn. 

‘We are thrilled that Tim Cannell will be leading the PGP team from September,’ said Lucinda Waring, founder of Parsons Green Prep. ‘I look forward to him continuing to provide an excellent education for our children.’