16th January 2019 — We are happy to announce that Mr Colin Mannall has joined St. Francis’ College as Head of Prep School. Prior to this he spent sixteen years at Kingshott School in Hitchin, firstly as the Head of Mathematics and then the Deputy Head from 2014. He has a thorough understanding of Prep School life and what it is both parents and children wish to get from their time spent within one. Before Kingshott, he worked in the Independent Senior Sector at both St. Albans School and Ipswich School, where he taught Mathematics as well as a variety of Games, such as Hockey, Cricket and Football.
Mr Mannall is a very keen sportsman, and has played Senior County Hockey for both Bedfordshire and Suffolk. He is also a Cambridge University Double Blue hockey player having represented the 1st XI against Oxford University whilst studying for his PGCE at Homerton College. Before this he went to the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) and successfully gained a degree in Management Sciences. During his final year Mr Mannall captained the 1st XI Hockey Team.
Mr Mannall is married and has two daughters. In his spare time, as well as still playing hockey, if his knees will allow him, he likes listening to music, cycling, watching sport, doing puzzles and going to the theatre or visiting places with his family.
Mr Mannall is passionate about making school a place where children really want to be. Learning should be interesting and challenging but also enjoyable and fun. Clear boundaries are also essential, as is a fair and honest approach. He is delighted to have the opportunity to work at St. Francis’ College Prep and is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead in maintaining and promoting the Prep as a fabulous school for parents to send their daughters to. We wish Mr Mannall all the best at St. Francis’ College.