Welcome from the Head of Prep, 4-11, Independent HMC school for boys

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Leadership and management are excellent and enable the pupils' excellent achievement and personal development. ISI Report, January 2015

If you were to ask our parents why they chose St Columba’s for their child, I hope they would tell you that it is because we believe a child’s education should be about discovery, a sense of adventure and a spirit of excitement and fun; that excellent academic success and a great deal more is achieved as a result of our ethos.

Our Prep School is indeed a special place and, like CS Lewis’ ‘Wardrobe’, a huge amount happens within. The boys are taken on a thorough educational journey by a hugely dedicated staff team, who create the best opportunities for each and every pupil, allowing them to achieve their best standard, whatever their best may be. Children are challenged and taught to think and to enquire. They are encouraged to become first-class versions of themselves, rather than second-class versions of someone else. They are taught to be considerate of others, confident and interested in all they attempt.

When searching for a school, I believe parents look for a number of qualities – confident and engaging pupils; staff who are dedicated to ensuring that the pupils are successful and happy; an understanding that every child is different; exceptional opportunities. You will find these and much more at St Columba’s.

Mrs Ruth Loveman


Mrs Ruth Loveman BSc (Hons), PGCE

Ruth has been in education for twenty-eight years and is in her ninth year as Head of the Prep School, having previously been Head of Pre-Prep at St Columba’s and Director of Studies at another independent prep school in Hertfordshire. She was educated as a boarder for ten years at Abbots Bromley in Staffordshire, and spent every spare minute involved with sport. It is not surprising that she initially taught Physical Education at Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls. However, having had three boys, she is equally delighted and unsurprised that her career has brought her into an all-boys environment. She remains an enthusiastic athlete, although her international lacrosse days are long passed.