Sarah Ebery

Headmistress

“I am driven by an ambition to improve teaching and learning. As my inspiration I ask myself a simple question, “Is it good enough for my child?”. Nothing feeds my obsession for outstanding teaching more effectively than that question.

Having graduated from the University of Southampton with a BSc in Economics, I added a PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages and a Masters in Educational Leadership. An unusual mix of influences has given me a global mindsetand my love of languages began in childhood with my formative years spent in Mexico.

I have a love of the written word and spend many hours lost in a book. Twinned with this comes an enjoyment of the performing arts and my leisure hours are filled with trips to musical theatre and watching foreign films.”

BSc (Hons), MEd

BevWatts

Senior Deputy Head

“Meoncross is a school I am extremely proud of. Since joining in 1997, my journey has progressed from ICT teacher to Senior Deputy Head and Designated Safeguarding Lead.

In my additional role of SENCo I am able to ensure that we deliver on our ethos for every child to achieve their individual potential. Pastorally I ensure that there is always a listening ear. I have two sons, both of whom attended Meoncross and I can talk personally about the holistic value the school brings to every child.”

Cert. Ed, BEd(Hons), MEd, SpLD

Nathan Waites

School Business Manager

“During a ten year career in the Retail and Licensed Trade sectors, I developed a range of skills including financial management, health & safety, compliance together with building design; skills appropriate to the successful operations management of a modern school.

I completed the Certificate of School Business Management in 2008 and joined a primary school in Portsmouth, before moving to Meoncross in 2010. My job presents daily rewards and challenges in equal measure. I find it particularly satisfying to witness our pupils light up when a project comes to fruition that directly affects them.”

BA(Hons), CSBM, MInstAM(Dip)

Claire Jepson

Deputy Head Upper School

“My teaching career began in the state sector, in a very large, local school with a Sixth Form.  I moved to another inner-city state school to become Head of English and then found myself in the world of HMC independent education, as Head of English and Senior Teacher. Four years ago I moved to Meoncross and have subsequently been Gifted and Talented coordinator, the Founding Head of Sixth Form and now Deputy Head, Upper School.

I am delighted to be working here and feel privileged to have been actively involved in some dramatic and forward-thinking developments. I believe passionately in the value of having high academic expectations and the joy that can be gained from facilitating a child’s own self-belief.  I love my subject, but more importantly, love inspiring children and helping them believe that they really can achieve more than they ever thought possible.”30

BA(Hons), MA

Sarah George

Deputy Head Lower School

“In many ways, I feel at the heart of the Meoncross family. I joined as a parent helper when my daughter joined the Lower School and since then have progressed from trainee teacher to Deputy Head Lower School.

Academic excellence is what drives me and I ensure that in every Lower School classroom there is challenge and rigour so that our pupils can succeed to the very best of their ability; making the most of each and every opportunity.

I also take great pleasure in making sure that the younger pupils are happy, safe and healthy and in the best possible frame of mind to approach their learning.”

BA Hons, PGCE, QTS