Since joining Hazlegrove at the start of this academic year, my wife, Serena, and I have been overwhelmed by the warmth of our welcome and by how proud parents, staff and children are of their school. It is an enormous privilege to join a school which is in such great heart.
Hazlegrove is undoubtedly a vibrant and exciting school where childhood is nurtured and celebrated. The combination of staff who offer extraordinary opportunities for children with superb facilities in beautiful surroundings is extremely special. We are preparing children for their future in a world that is ever changing and we encourage them to be adaptable, resilient and forward-thinking while still maintaining the core values of kindness and mutual respect. We hope they never lose sight of the importance of the quality of human relationships and the need to support others less fortunate than themselves. We want our ‘Hazlegrovians’ to emerge as confident, enquiring, empathetic children with a great sense of who they are and what they want to be.
Serena and I look forward to getting to know the Hazlegrove community even better at informal events in both the Pre-Prep and the Prep school and out on the games fields, at concerts, plays and a huge range of other activities. Parents, do please stop and introduce yourselves; we look forward to finding out about your children and you.
If you are interested in your child joining us, do please get in touch to arrange a visit. We can introduce you to our staff, who will become inspirational figures in your child’s development, and to our pupils as we show you around our school.
We very much look forward to meeting you.
More about Mark and Serena White...
Mark was previously Deputy Head (Academic) at the Dragon School in Oxford, one of the most highly regarded prep schools in the country, looking after both boys and girls, boarding and day, up to the age of 13. He was educated at Eton College and read Politics and Modern History at Edinburgh University. Before becoming a teacher he worked in the Head Offices of two retail companies for five years. For ten years he taught at an 1800 pupil comprehensive school in Cheltenham rising to Assistant Head Teacher, before moving to the Dragon School where he was for 12 years.
Mark is married to Serena and they have three teenage children. He has a keen interest in sport and has coached teams in Rugby and Cricket. Mark is strongly supported by Serena who is looking forward to being fully involved in the life of the school.