NEW START: Sarah Conrad will take over at St Teresa’s Nursery and Preparatory School in September
The board of governors at St Teresa’s Effingham, based in Beech Avenue, has announced the appointment of Sarah Conrad, who will take over from Sue Nelson in September.
During her seven years at the helm of New Hall, the school has grown significantly and she has driven up its academic standards and profile.
The Independent School Inspectorate rated her school as “Outstanding” during its last visit, where inspectors judged all areas assessed by the report to be excellent.
Mrs Conrad told the Advertiser: “I am thrilled to be joining St Teresa’s at this exciting time.
“It is a wonderful school with a great reputation and tremendous potential. I am passionate about raising standards and securing excellent outcomes for all the children in my care, and ensuring that both teaching and learning are outstanding.
“I am really looking forward to working alongside senior school head teacher Mike Farmer and I believe that together we can build something very special indeed.”
St Teresa’s Nursery and Preparatory School welcomes children at the age of two and is based on the same site as the senior school, which educates pupils up to the age of 18.
The school says it has experienced an “unprecedented demand” for places this year, with pupil numbers going up 30 per cent from 400 to 520. Year 7 entry saw three applicants for every place.
Commenting on the new appointment, chairman of St Teresa’s governors Michael Bray said the school was “over the moon” with the news and that it had come at a very important time. He added: “We are absolutely delighted to have attracted someone of such high calibre. Strong leadership is essential and we believe we have acquired a real gem.
“Sarah Conrad brings great experience and vision and I am convinced she will drive our school forward to become one of the best Prep Schools in the country.