Staff & Leadership Team

We believe that an exceptional school innovates, empowers and encourages its leadership in the pursuit of excellence. Together, our Local Governing Board (LGB) brings diverse perspectives to act as a critical friend and a trusted advisor to the Senior Leadership Team, as it seeks to realise its bold ambitions for the School. Our members draw on senior specialisms in finance and law, education, commerce, media, communication and sport, and benefit from the spiritual guidance offered by Reverend Jonathan Wilkes, who has been a member of the LGB for many years.

The LGB meets four times per academic year to review Surbiton High School’s Strategic Plan within the context of everyday life at School and to discuss any other pressing matters which may arise. Our meetings are dynamic: they aim to provide a balance of support and challenge for the School as we work in partnership with its leadership to anticipate and capitalise on change. Periodically, we are also joined by members of staff who update us on focus areas including Sports, Well-being and Safeguarding, and help to provide us with a full and rounded insight into life at the School.

Please see the full staff list and contact form.

 

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM

Mrs Rebecca Glover

Position:
Principal

Rebecca’s post-A-level studies began with a Geography and Physical Education degree from Leeds University, followed by the National Professional Qualification for Headship and more recently, an MA in Education from Buckingham University. Her extensive career has spanned both state and independent schools with a breadth of roles, including Departmental Head and Director of Sixth Form,...

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Mr Matthew Close

Position:
Senior Vice Principal

Having read Geography at Durham University, Matthew went on to study his PGCE at Pembroke College, Oxford, followed more recently by an MSc in Educational Leadership from Leicester University. He has worked in the independent sector for over twenty years;...

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Mrs Hannah Horwood

Position:
Vice Principal, Academic

Having read Biology at Leeds University, Hannah went on to study her PGCE at King’s College, London. Teaching at Tiffin School for six years, Hannah brought her love of the great outdoors to the role by leading the Duke of...

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Mrs Kavita Patel

Position:
Vice Principal, Staff Development

Kavita read Genetics at Liverpool University before going on to the Institute of Education to study for her PGCE. Her experience spans state, independent and grammar schools, with 12 years at The Tiffin Girls’ School as Head of Years 8...

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Mrs Tracey Chong

Position:
Head of Boys' Preparatory School

After leaving University of Surrey with an English degree in 1991 and in pursuit of London living, Tracey decided on a PGCE at Kingston University, closely followed by a master’s in English and Linguistics. She started her career in Putney...

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Mr David Williams

Position:
Acting Head of Girls’ Preparatory School

After studying Education at the University of Roehampton, gaining a BA First-Class Hons degree, David remained in situ and went on to complete a PGCE in Primary Education. Since commencing employment, he has taught in both state and independent schools,...

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Miss Marinke Overwater

Position:
Business Director

SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Ms Charlotte Demetz

Position:
Assistant Principal - Compliance, Health and Safety

Mr Jonathan Owen

Position:
Assistant Principal - Director of Sixth Form

Mr Stuart Murphy

Position:
Assistant Principal - Pupil Development and Well-being

Mr Paul Reeves

Position:
Assistant Principal - Teaching & Learning

Mr James Flynn

Position:
Assistant Principal - Whole School Innovation & Organisation

Mrs Beth Hart

Position:
Associate Assistant Principal - Middle Leadership

Mrs Sara Stockdale

Position:
Associate Assistant Principal

Mrs Vikki Newman

Position:
Associate Assistant Principal

Mr Byron King

Position:
Deputy Head Boys' Preparatory School

Mrs Sally Johnston

Position:
Deputy Head Boys' Preparatory School

Mrs Alexis Orlovac

Position:
Deputy Head Girls' Preparatory School