Maltman's Green is a long established and highly regarded non-selective independent preparatory school in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, for girls aged 2-11.
About the school
At Maltman’s Green we believe in the pursuit of excellence whilst maintaining a sense of enjoyment. Girls are inspired to do their best inside and outside the classroom through an exceptional academic curriculum and extensive extra-curricular opportunities. We prepare girls for the modern world through a relevant, adaptable and innovative approach that is supported by a foundation of traditional values. Our girls are given every opportunity to succeed across multiple disciplines, fostering confidence and self-belief, and empowering them for whatever future awaits.
We believe that the emotional, social and physical wellbeing of our girls is paramount. By providing a personalised learning experience in an encouraging and nurturing environment, we ensure our girls feel happy, confident and valued – a perfect foundation from which children can flourish. This ethos has been recognised by the ISI who applauded our “outstanding” pastoral care.
The School offers a limited number of means-tested Bursaries for new joiners, awarded according to need, up to a maximum of 100% for girls entering the school at any year group point (from Nursery to Year 6) subject to availability. Lower income families may qualify for a Bursary award for anywhere between full fee remission and 10% support.
Please visit the school's website: www.maltmansgreen.com
September 2020 marks the start of Mrs Walker’s headship at Maltman’s Green as she picks up the baton from Mrs Joanna Pardon who retires after fifteen years in post. Mrs Walker joins Maltman’s from the headship of St Nicholas Prep School in South Kensington, and before that she was Deputy Head at Glendower Prep. Mrs Walker has three children, the youngest about to start university, and her husband, Ben, is Headmaster of Lochinver House boys’ prep school in Hertfordshire. We thought we’d find out a little more about her…
14th August 2020 — What attracted you to Maltman’s Green?
I am passionate about all girls’ education and how it enables girls to find their voice, develop self-belief and possess the self-confidence to speak up and speak out. The rich history of MGS means these values are in its DNA. I have always known of MGS and its fantastic reputation. It is a Modern Girls School – committed to delivering a broad and forward thinking curriculum, with an ambition to always deliver excellence – both inside the classroom and beyond.
What do you think makes Maltman’s Green stand out?
Its fantastic facilities and highly skilled teachers means that the school is able to deliver academic excellence and offer an unrivalled extra-curricular programme where each girl has the opportunity to enjoy finding her strengths and exploring her passions.
What does being a head mean to you?
Leading and serving a school community is a huge privilege – supporting families and enabling and encouraging staff and pupils to realise their potential.
What advice would you give to a new head?
Spend time meeting people, listening, building relationships with all members of the school community and not being hasty in making judgements in the first phase.
What advice would you give to parents looking at private education for the first time?
Go and visit schools, talk to the Head, think about the welcome you receive from all the people that you meet when visiting, can you picture your child in the school? Does the school reflect your own values and what is important to you?
Why is STE(A)M so important to you?
We are living in a rapidly changing world. Traditionally the arts and sciences have only been delivered in schools as separate subjects. But, increasingly the learning in school needs to reflect what is going on in the real world – where scientists, engineers and mathematicians work collaboratively with designers and the creative industries, harnessing the power of technology to find innovative and novel solutions to problems. In these unprecedented times, where home learning has been an integral part of what we offer our pupils, we have seen how important it is to provide an evolving, innovative learning environment with ubiquitous access to technology. A vibrant and carefully crafted STEAM programme nurtures creativity and adaptability, builds self-confidence, the ability to work flexibly with others and fosters empathy and a socially responsible and outward looking mind-set. These are key skills and attributes our children will need to rely upon in the future.
Who inspired you to teach?
I attended an all-girls grammar school. My English teacher was a quiet, self-contained and utterly inspiring woman who used to impart to us her ‘pearls of wisdom’ on a Friday afternoon. We would all lean forward eagerly, chin resting on our hand, hungry for what she would share. She said, “Girls, always have something for yourself”. I have carried this with me throughout life – as a working woman, as a wife and mother. My teacher helped me see that education has the power to transform lives, facilitates independence and opens up a world of choices and possibilities.
How would the students from St Nicolas Prep describe you?
High standards, enthusiastic, high energy (fast walking!), smiley and who loves to chat with them all.
How do you think a head can make a real difference to an individual pupil?
By recruiting the best teachers, knowing each of their pupils as an individual, taking them seriously and encouraging and praising them, providing them with challenge and also support, working in partnership with their parents and creating a school environment where they feel happy and safe
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I loved school and did a lot of music and dance as extra-curricular activities. School plays and concerts were big highlights for me and I wanted to be an actress in musical theatre.
What is your most useless skill?
I can tap dance.
What are you known for?
My enthusiasm, determination, rapid staccato walk, strong opinions, loud laughter and loyalty.
What is your real life superpower?
I can play any tune by ear on the recorder.
If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?
1. To stay young at heart.
2. To fit more into each day.
3. To run the London Marathon.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
I loathe traffic jams – so I would love to be able to fly in order to get me to where I need to be as fast as possible
What is your favourite book?
As a child, I loved the Laura Ingalls Wilder series, including ‘Little House on the Prairie’. As an adult, I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Love, Nina’ – a laugh out loud nostalgic memoire set in the 1980s, by Nina Stibbe.
Are you a cat or a dog person?
Definitely dog – we had a labrador and springer spaniel as pets when I was growing up. Now we have a very docile whippet called Mitzy – who can run like the wind, but spends most of her day curled up sleeping on the sofa.
Are you an early bird or night owl?
A night owl – late night binges on Netflix are my guilty secret.
Beaches or mountains?
That’s tricky. I love both! But, beaches probably just clinch it. Holidays on the little Greek island of Paxos are a great love of mine.
We are tremendously proud that 68% of girls passed the 2020 Buckinghamshire Secondary Transfer Test (11+) out of the those who sat the exam. This is against a Buckinghamshire County average of 30%*.
22nd July 2020 — Our girls also achieved a high number of scholarships to independent schools including Cheltenham Ladies College, Downe House, Berkhamsted School, Wycombe Abbey, the Royal Masonic and more, for their academic, music and sporting achievements.
In total, 36% of our 2020 Year 6 leavers are going onto local grammar schools Dr Challoner’s High School and Beaconsfield High School, with 57% joining a variety of prestigious schools in the independent sector. The remaining 7% continue their education abroad.
Congratulations goes to all of the girls for their remarkable achievements, for showing courage, strength and determination throughout the daunting process of choosing a senior school and facing the often intimidating entrance requirements. They have represented Maltman’s Green through their courteous behaviour and their resilience, which has often been commented on by senior school staff.
We have no doubt that this next cohort of Maltman’s girls will flourish at their new senior schools, taking with them the Maltman’s Mindsets of perseverance, collaboration, empathy, independence, respect and reflection, which will allow them to thrive.
For the full list of scholarships and senior schools for 2020, please visit: https://www.maltmansgreen.com/about/results-destination-schools/
*taken from the county’s figures 2016-2020 (https://www.thebucksgrammarschools.org/test-data)
Many thanks to our amazing Maltman's families for helping us raise an incredible £8023 for charity this year.
16th July 2020 — We have been able to support lots of worthwhile causes including Edirisa UK (www.edirisa.org.uk), our chosen charity for the year, the NSPCC, The London and Slough Run, Alzheimer Research UK, The Poppy Appeal, Children in Need, Traidcraft, Barnardo's, Canine Partners and more. Funds have been raised through various initiatives including the pupils selling poppies and Children in Need merchandise around school, mufty days where the girls donated £1 to not wear their uniform and through donation boxes at school events such as our Christmas Carol Concerts. We are so very grateful to our generous parents.
We have reached the end of the Summer Term and Mrs Pardon's final one at Maltman's Green. Mrs Pardon is still in post until the end of August, but as the girls leave for the summer holidays, her time with them has come to an end. We would like to take a moment to recognise Mrs Pardon's incredible commitment to Maltman's over the years.
9th July 2020 — Mrs Joanna Pardon became the seventh headmistress in 2005. Just as with her predecessors she has affected change and headed up new developments while always managing to keep the spirit of Maltman’s Green alive. One of her first developments came in 2008. Inspired by her love of the natural world and a degree in Environmental Science, Mrs Pardon turned Maltman’s into an Eco School, with an eco-council, Woodland School, Gardening and Wildlife clubs to support a new sustainability ethos. This has endured for the duration of Mrs Pardon's tenure and long will it continue - we are immensely proud of our eco-credentials. Mrs Pardon has also been instrumental in leading Maltman's into the digital age. With the help and support of her husband, Mr Pardon, who took on the role of Network Manager, the School has seen a vast improvement in the technology and network facilities including interactive whiteboards in every classroom, a robust and secure internet network, hand-held devices made available to the girls and the start of plans for an interactive classroom and more.
There have been significant upgrades to the site too. In 2014 the Lapraik Hall was extended to accommodate an extendable seating space and professional lighting booth. This space is now regularly used for concerts and drama productions. Mrs Pardon also saw to the upgrade of the Head's house, replacing an old bungalow and making Maltman's an attractive prospect for future heads.
In addition, Mrs Pardon made a shift to the structure of the school, introducing Little Malties, our day care facility, in 2017. Now parents can start their daughter on their Maltman’s journey from age 2, knowing they will get the care, attention and opportunity to flourish. Following on from this Mrs Pardon significantly improved the out of hours care, offering an extended day of 7.30am to 6.00pm - an asset for the busy parent - and year round care for girls in Little Malties and Nursery. 11+ Transfer Test results have been consistently high and girls have been awarded an ever increasing number of scholarships to independent senior schools.
Mrs Pardon has steered the Maltman's ship through both calm and choppy waters - most notably leading the school through the challenges of a site closure due to coronavirus and the speedy launch of our distance learning programme. It has not been the end Mrs Pardon would have liked, and sadly her leaving events had to be cancelled, but we hope to run them at some point in the near future, so that we can all say a fond farewell.
Mrs Pardon now looks forward to a well-earned retirement relaxing at her home in Devon. We wish her the very best for the future.
As of September, our new headmistress, Mrs Walker, takes over the post. You can read all about her by clicking here.
From September 2020, Mrs Walker will be our new headmistress and we say goodbye to Mrs Pardon, our wonderful headmistress of fifteen years.
9th June 2020 — From September 2020, Mrs Walker will be our new headmistress and we say goodbye to Mrs Pardon, our wonderful headmistress of fifteen years.
Mrs Walker has already begun a handover with Mrs Pardon and has been taking an increasingly active role in the School. Throughout the summer term she has been recording video assemblies for the girls so that they can get to know her a little before September and has been working closely with the staff to make plans for the following academic year.
We are delighted to now share with you a video she has recorded especially for our current and prospective parents. Click here to watch Mrs Walker's parent address: shorturl.at/dmzK7
We are delighted to announce the launch of our Virtual Open Day Experience!
21st May 2020 — While the school is currently closed to visitors what better way for prospective parents to get a feel for our school than watch our videos, explore our interactive map, scroll through photo galleries and peruse the answers to our frequently asked questions.
Videos that are available for parents to enjoy are our welcome from the head, a focus on early years, a focus on sports and a focus on the arts. These videos will allow you to see the school in action and see what opportunities are available to our girls.
Using the interactive map you can explore our amazing facilities, enjoying video tours and photos galleries. We know it's not quite the same as being on site, but we hope it will help you get an idea of the resources our girls get to enjoy.