New Head of Junior School Announced

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We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Ms Kerry Oldman as our new Head of Junior School. Kerry has spent nearly 16 years working in the United Kingdom and will be returning to New Zealand to take up the position with St Cuthbert’s at the end of Term 1 2019.

Kerry has had extensive international private school teaching and leadership experience, working at some of the UK’s top preparatory schools, and is currently the Assistant Head of The Study Preparatory School in Wimbledon, London. She also taught at Thomas’s London Day Schools for eight years, and at Eaton House Preparatory in London.

Kerry’s role as Assistant Head with The Study involves overseeing the day to day running of the school, including taking a leadership role with staff professional development and pastoral care programmes; showing particular interest in the well-being of children in her care. During her time at the school she has also overseen the teaching and learning curriculum across all year levels, including successfully implementing the new National Curriculum.

In her role with Thomas’s London Day Schools, Kerry was the lead in many school initiatives across the four schools (Battersea, Kensington, Clapham, and Fulham), including international residential and academic monitoring programmes. She was also the lead teacher for Year 4. Kerry played a strong role in pastoral care, the school’s charity work, and was the Head of Sustainability and Environment.

Kerry is excited to be returning to New Zealand, and is very much looking forward to meeting you all, and the wider St Cuthbert’s community. “I am thrilled to be returning home and am excited about becoming part of the school ‘family’. Having already visited St Cuthbert’s, I am in awe of the exceptional education taking place in the Junior School and the obvious curiosity the girls have in their learning. I cannot wait to return to support the team.”

Kerry brings a wealth of deep experience within the independent sector, and she is a warm and caring person, who has a strong understanding of the wrap around approach we have at St Cuthbert’s. She is also passionate about children having experiences outside the classroom, which is an important part of preparing our girls to be confident and well-rounded young women.

Kerry grew up in New Zealand and gained a Bachelor of Education from the University of Waikato. We look forward to welcoming Kerry to our school community next year. In the interim, current Acting Head of Junior School Judi Paape will continue in the role until Kerry starts.