Deputy Head (Pre-Prep), Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)
As a child growing up in Buckinghamshire and Norfolk, Rebecca was keen on horse riding, reading and trips to the beach. She went on to read English at the University of Sussex where she developed interests in feminist and postmodern criticism and gained a Master’s Degree in Critical Theory. Alongside her studies, Rebecca volunteered and worked at a number of educational and childcare settings, working with very young children and children with special educational needs and disabilities. Rebecca studied for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the University of Cambridge, specialising in Early Education. Rebecca settled in Norwich and joined Town Close School as an Early Career Teacher. Alongside teaching in the Pre Prep Department, she completed a Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Cambridge, carrying out an action research project with Town Close Pre Prep pupils, which sought to explore the factors that influence early creative writing development. Rebecca is a Specialist Literacy Teacher and Associate of The Dyslexia Guild. Outside of school, Rebecca enjoys a busy family life with her husband Leo and their three children, Claudia, Gabriel and Sebastian.
Head of Learning Support, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)
Head of Pre-Prep, Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
After growing up on a farm in Hertfordshire, with a great deal of her time spent on musical activities, Melanie studied Education and Music at Homerton College, Cambridge. After graduating with a BEd. (hons) and keen to get into the classroom, she took up her first post as a Reception teacher at The King’s School, Ely. Ely was the city in which she settled for many years after meeting her husband at the school in which they both worked. Following posts in Newmarket as a Year 2 teacher and as Head of Pre Prep at King’s College School, Cambridge, where she also studied for an MEd in Educational Leadership, she joined the Town Close family, as Head of Pre Prep in January 2016. Melanie continues to enjoy music, theatre, arts and crafts and travel.
Deputy Head Pastoral, Head of P.E., Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)
With both his Mother and Father in the Royal Navy, Mark spent his early years moving from various military towns and cities. The family settled in Bedfordshire where he attended Stratton Upper school and went on to attend De Montfort University, Bedford. After Graduating with a B.Ed Sec PE (Hons), he and his wife, Laura, relocated to Norwich and fell in love with Norfolk and all it offers. He was head of Boys PE at Aylsham High School where he also ran the school’s football academy and was Head of year 7. He was welcomed into the Town Close community in 2010 as Head of PE and activities and has led the school’s Adventure and Skills Academy. Having spent many years watching and playing football at various levels, he can now often be found on his bike in the lanes of south Norfolk, on the beaches of East Anglia or in the forest near the family home with his children Esme and Millie.