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Changing Places...
Tim Cannell, head at The Prebendal School, West Sussex, since 2005, has been appointed head
at Parsons Green Prep London. Starting in September 2017, Tim will cover Mrs Helen Stavert’s maternity leave. He will take on the role on a permanent basis if Helen decides not to return to the school.
Tim has a wide variety of experience in education with over 25 years within the independent sector. He has had responsibility for both pastoral welfare and
St Swithun’s Junior School, Hampshire,
has a new headmistress, Mrs Rebecca Lyons-
Smith.
Mrs Lyons-Smith has been the deputy head at Stroud, King Edward VI Preparatory School, since 2013. As well as the day to day management at Stroud, she has been responsible for pastoral care and has played a signi cant role in the strategic development of the school.
Mrs Lyons-Smith was director of studies at West Hill Park School from 2011 to 2013, and head of
The Edinburgh Academy, has appointed a new Rector, Barry Welsh, the School’s Senior
Deputy Rector, to succeed the current Rector, Marco Longmore.
academic excellence in schools. He is currently chairman of
the Choir Schools Association (CSA), a member of IAPS (the Independent Association of Prep Schools), a governor of a boys’ prep school and an inspector
for the ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate). He also holds a Masters in Educational Management.
Outside school, Tim’s hobbies and interests include walking and being outdoors, gardening, watching and taking part in sport, exploring new restaurants and renovating an old barn.
English at Stroud from 2007 to 2011. Prior to that, she taught across the primary age range in both the maintained sector and internationally from 1997.
As well as a  rst degree from the University of Northumbria and a PGCE Mrs Lyons-Smith holds an MBA from UCL. She sits on the governing body of a local state junior school and is an inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate.
Mrs Lyons-Smith lives in the New Forest with her husband Trevor, a consultant gastroenterologist at Southampton General Hospital, and her two step-sons, aged 11.
in 2016 from Shawnigan Lake School in Canada where he was Deputy Headmaster.
A graduate in geography from Loughborough University, he also has a passion for sport and the great outdoors which spans coaching school level rugby and cricket, and summiting Mount Everest in 2006.
Mr Longmore is moving on
to take up a new challenge in Dubai as Headmaster of Brighton College.
at Brighton College, Head of Key Stage 3 and Director of Learning.
Mr Seaton was schooled at Ipswich School in Suffolk. He read English Literature at Newcastle University and worked for a number of years in business as a Senior Account Executive before becoming a teacher and school leader.
Mr Alex Tate has been appointed as Bedford Modern School’s new Headmaster and will join the
school in September. Current Headmaster Michael Hall will leave the school, and the UK, to lead Wellington Academy, Silicon Oasis (WSO), Dubai, as their CEO and Principal.
Mr Tate has been the Deputy Head at St John’s School, Surrey, from 2014 after spending three years at Abingdon School, Oxfordshire, where he ran a
day and boarding house and more than four years at Dulwich
Mr Sam Robertson will take up
the role of
Head of Laxton Junior School, Northamptonshire,
from September.
Mr Robertson has a  rst class degree in Natural Sciences and Education from the University of Cambridge, where he also studied for his PGCE. His career to date has been both in the UK and abroad and he has overseen academic and pastoral provision as a senior leader. Mr Robertson will leave his current role as Deputy Head at the Modern
College, London, as a teacher of History and subsequently Head of Politics. He has a strong mix of experience in both education and commerce having spent 11 years working in the shipping industry both in the UK and overseas. He has both a degree in Modern History and a postgraduate certi cate in education (PGCE) from Oxford University.
Outside the classroom Mr Tate has coached rugby, hockey and cricket and travelled widely in the Arctic, having wintered in North-East Greenland and most recently participated in a race to the Magnetic North Pole.
English School Cairo and will return to the UK in July in preparation for the start of the new academic year. He will be recently married to his  ancée Claire when he takes up the position as Head. Mr Robertson has a keen interest in music and sport and is very much looking forward to returning to the UK for this new chapter.
Mr Robertson succeeds Mark Potter who, after nine years
at Laxton Junior School, is to become the Head of the Junior School at The British School of Paris in September.
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Mr Welsh has worked at a number of other schools including both Harrow in London and Fettes College in Edinburgh. He joined The Edinburgh Academy as Senior Deputy Rector
Mr Michael Seaton will be the new Headmaster of Hudders eld Grammar School, Yorkshire, taking
up post in September.
Mr Seaton’s experience includes roles as Head of Senior School
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