Ruth Frett has joined the St John’s on-the-Hill community as a new vibrant, energetic Head. She has extensive experience in Primary 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, where she been asked to speak at many upstanding prep schools to parents and pupils about managing expectations for the next step of their academic careers. For the past six years, Ruth has run a successful boarding house for over 110 girls at Cranleigh school, where she introduced new initiatives from 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. Their four children range from 18 to 25 with Josh recently commissioned from Sandhurst and going into the Scottish Highlanders Regiment; Luke has just completed his first year of teaching in Cambridge, Noah recently returned from a gap year in Lebanon teaching Syrian refugees and is soon to take his place at York University to read Music; and Abbey has just left school and is currently in Romania working with orphaned and disabled street children.
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.