Rosemary Whaley, Founder, Principal and Senco
For me, the child always comes before the system or the current rules. My passion is to work as a team with parents and children to nurture the emerging, confident adult.
Principal Rosemary Whaley was born and brought up in London. She has always loved this part of the country and moved, with her family, to Wales in 1998, taking over the existing Nursery. She expanded to include junior pupils in 2000 and to include Secondary students and Post-16s three years ago.
Rosemary Whaley’s experience speaks for itself; educated at Francis Holland School, London she went on to do a BSc in Music at The City University, London and the Guildhall School of Music. She then went to Trinity College, London where she did her post-graduate studies in Singing and Piano.
She then qualified as a secondary teacher, doing her PGCE at Homerton College, Cambridge.
She started teaching music at the London Prep School Garden House, Sloane Square whilst running a Singing Agency called Simply Singers. She enjoyed the school environment and the children so much that she took up a permanent position as class teacher for year 4 (8-9 year olds). Over time she rose through the ranks to Deputy Headmistress and finally Headmistress.
Rosemary Whaley has seen every teaching fad and fashion come and go. She holds firm to her conviction that a happy child, learning at their own pace, supported by talented, experienced teachers will achieve academic success alongside emotional maturity.
An active part of the community Rosie runs a local Choir, puts on musicals, shows and concerts, is part of a Philosophy Group, and is a very keen tennis player. She lives in Monmouth with her 3 sons and some cats.
Joanna Chick, Headmistress and Lower School Teacher
My philosophy is that each child needs to be an active participant in the learning process and as teachers, our role is to design relevant, purposeful activities that embrace exploration and discovery as the best route to academic achievement. I am enthusiastic about building a school community that nurtures the individual, whilst also utilising recent research to create an innovative learning environment that can best prepare our children for a bright future in a changing world. I intend to build on the fantastic work already done in creating a school where pupil’s well being and engagement are at the heart of the education we offer.
Joanna Chick studied for a BA (Hons) in Journalism, Film and Broadcasting at Cardiff University and completed her PGCE in Primary Education in 2001. Since then she has worked mainly in state schools, apart from some time teaching in an International Kindergarten in Singapore. In 2014 she decided she wanted to focus on maximising learning potential for all pupils, especially those that struggle to learn in conventional settings. In 2014, she started studying towards an MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis and Therapy, alongside working with children with Autism. She achieved a Distinction and Outstanding Performance Award for her MSc in 2016. She joined Llangattock School Monmouth in September 2016 and became Headmistress in September 2017.
Joanna lives near Monmouth with her husband, three sons and two dogs. Her hobbies include cycling and playing oboe for the Forest of Dean Area Wind Band.
Clare Stevenson, Teacher and Mentor
A Sociology graduate with a flair for enabling disengaged children to enjoy a classroom environment again. I bring my skills in IT and PE to my mentoring and encourage children to relax while broadening their experiences.
Leah Thornber, Secondary Teacher and Upper School Teacher
Chris Griffiths, Secondary English Teacher
Chris joined the school as a part time teacher in September 2017, after taking early retirement from full time teaching in July. He is responsible for the delivery of the English Curriculum and also teaches Drama to both the Upper and Lower Schools.
He gained his BA degree in English and Drama in 1982 and the following year did his PGCE Secondary qualification. He taught in Outer London for three years – prior to moving to Gloucestershire in 1986 when his first child was born. Various school roles have included Head of Drama; Head of English and Assistant Head at Wyedean School near Chepstow.
His current role enables him to share his love of literature and language with the students and provides the opportunity to help develop and instil in the youngsters an interest in our rich literary heritage, along with nurturing a lifelong passion for the Arts.
Marcus Tester, Secondary Business Studies Teacher
Tracy Price, Lower School Teaching Assistant
Emma Picton-Evans, Lower School Teacher
An all-round provider to everyone here. I’m always ready to help but could do with a bit of peace when things get hectic but really I’m everyone’s friend and support.
Meg is at the heart of the school. She joined 11 years ago – initially to work part-time in the office, but since then her role has mushroomed. She can help with anything from your lost property to your bill, and most things in between! Her cakes are famous, and her cheerful care is a comfort.
Meg is the bedrock of the home school experience; she truly knows all the children and enjoys their progress through the school. Meg lives with her 2 dogs near Skenfrith.