“I am very pleased that Mrs Nicki Fry, current Junior School Deputy Head, will be taking on the Junior School headship position,” said David Boyd, Head of Tormead School. “In addition, we are delighted to welcome Mrs Mary Price to our ‘Tormead Family’ also in September. Their expertise and caring, pupil-focused approach to teaching and learning will no doubt lead our Junior School on to new heights.”
Nicki Fry BA Hons Ed, has taught at Tormead Junior School since 2008. After graduating from Exeter University, Nicki became a teacher at Clayesmore Preparatory School in Dorset. Following that and with a passion for learning, Nicki spent time discovering the world before settling in Richmond-upon-Thames at the Old Vicarage School. Nicki taught there for seven years, rising to Deputy Head. Two years later, Nicki moved to Southern France with her family but her teaching vocation drew her back to the UK and her first-choice teaching destination: Tormead. Nicki’s unique experience as a dedicated teacher and active parent has made her the natural choice to lead our Junior School.
Nicki said, “I am proud to lead this school of excellence. Tormead’s values align to my own. It is an outstanding centre of learning where social and emotional development, wellbeing and academic attainment are equally valued and are at the heart of everything we do.”
Mary Price has been appointed to the post of Deputy Head of the Junior School from September. Mary Price BA, PGCE, MA, is currently Director of Studies and Head of History and Geography at St Hilary’s Preparatory School, Godalming. St Hilary’s was awarded Independent Prep School of the Year in 2020. After earning a History degree at the University of York, Mary spent three years teaching and travelling, with two years in Japan, and then teaching in Minneapolis, USA. Back in the UK, she entered the state sector becoming Head of Year 9 before moving into the preparatory sector, loving the excitement and energy that young children bring. Passionate about teaching, she ensures the curriculum is inclusive, inspiring and utilises technology. Building character in and out of the classroom is, she believes, at the very heart of helping pupils achieve their best.
Mary said, “My core educational belief is simple – happy pupils are the best learners and I am thrilled to be coming to a school where I see so many cheerful faces. I look forward to meeting and working with all the pupils, parents and staff.”