Ruth Frett joined St John’s on-the-Hill as Head in September 2016. She has extensive experience in education, in particular preparatory schools. This included heading up two successful academic departments, taking on the role of Head of Middle School and Chaplain at Cranleigh Preparatory School.
Ruth has considerable experience of the transition from prep to senior school and has spoken at many prep schools to parents and pupils about managing expectations during the next step of pupils' academic careers.
Ruth has run a successful boarding house for over 110 girls at Cranleigh school, where she introduced new initiatives for peer monitoring and wellbeing for children, of which she is very passionate.
Ruth was a former pupil at Dean Close before going to St Andrew’s University where she read English and gained an Honorary Masters. She then moved onto Trinity College of Music, after which she became a professional singer for 10 years, singing on BBC Radio 4 and performing concerts in Jazz, German lieder, oratorio and opera all over London and Europe.
After having her four children, Ruth moved into education, teaching in a primary school and prep school in London. In 2008 she was appointed Head of Middle School, Head of RS and Chaplain at Cranleigh Prep School and two years later took on the additional role of Housemistress of a large girls’ boarding house. Ruth has taught Religious Studies, Classical Civilisation and Drama at a senior level and has coached school netball and rounders teams at a competitive level.
Ruth is married to Dan, an American, who works for a software company, as well as serving as a parish church priest. They have four children: Josh, who is serving in the Scottish Highlanders Regiment; Luke, who is teaching in Cambridge; Noah, who is at York University reading Music; and Abbey, who is at Glasgow University.
Anyone who knows me will tell you I am passionate about family and community and from the very first moment I walked into St John’s I could tell that here was a school where every child matters and where there is a strong sense of family.
St John’s has an impressive history of academic excellence, as well as a breadth of co-curricular activities, but more importantly this is a place where children are valued, heard and allowed space and time to achieve their passions and potential. I would be delighted to welcome you to the school for a tour of our facilities and to meet our staff and pupils.