St John’s on-the-Hill, Chepstow’s independent preparatory school, has announced the appointment of its new Head Mr Nick Thrower.

Mr Thrower is currently Assistant Head and Chaplain at Lambrook School, in Berkshire. Prior to that he was Director of Sport and Houseparent at St Andrew’s, in Turi, Kenya. The current Head of St John’s, Mrs Ruth Frett, leaves in July to join Gloucestershire Constabulary in a leadership role.

 Mr Thrower said: “It is a real joy to teach in a prep school environment, especially one that shares my passion for sport and the great outdoors. Being active is simply one of life’s best things. I am hugely impressed with the team, beautiful grounds and facilities at St John’s. The prep school not only provides an excellent all-round education, it strives to equip children with skills that will last a lifetime. Every child is valued and encouraged to think big, which is so important in today’s uncertain environment.

“With my wife Jo, daughter Poppy (15) and son Harry (13), we are incredibly excited to make the move West and embark upon this next chapter. As a Geography graduate being close to the mountains of Wales will be a delight and will allow my passions for walking and photography to be reignited in the stunning countryside around Chepstow.”

 Emma Taylor, Warden of Dean Close Foundation, St John’s governing body, said: We are living in challenging times and I am delighted to be able to announce the appointment of a new Head. It is great to have certainty about the future leadership of the school and to know that Mrs Frett will have a worthy and able successor.”

 Mrs Frett added: “It has been a privilege to lead a school where children are given the freedom to be creative and adventurous. I will be incredibly sad to say goodbye to the wonderful pupils, staff and community but I am happy the school is in safe hands.”