New headteacher appointed at Elmhurst School for Boys


New headteacher appointed at Elmhurst School for Boys


Elmhurst School for Boys, a Bellevue Education school based in South Croydon, has announced its new headteacher Sara Marriott, who joins the school in September 2021.

Sara will succeed Tony Padfield, who has taught at Elmhurst since 2012 and served as headteacher for four years.

Sara attended St George’s School for Girls in Edinburgh, before achieving a First Class Business Studies degree at the University of Edinburgh.

Prior to her work in education, Sara had gained a wealth of experience in marketing. As a strategic brand marketing consultant, she has worked with several household names, including Oxfam and Baxter’s Soup.

Sara has worked for 14 years at leading boys’ preparatory school, Bickley Park School in Bromley, where she is currently Assistant Head. A mum of three, two of her sons attended local Croydon school Whitgift, with the third currently attending Royal Russell School, also locally.

Bellevue Group Education Director Steve Wade comments: ‘We are delighted with the appointment of Sara Marriott as Elmhurst’s new headteacher. Sara was successful in a field that included strong representation from top schools, both in the local area and nationally. Sara’s experience is steeped in boys’ education and she is passionate about the ethos and identity of Elmhurst School.’

Sara adds: ‘I am thrilled to be taking up this opportunity at Elmhurst School for Boys. I am fully committed to excellence in boys’ education, preparing boys for success through an understanding of what they need to learn. Elmhurst has over 150 years’ experience of learning how to achieve outstanding results for boys, and in joining the school, I am excited to be continuing that journey, ensuring we work hard to nurture the individual potential of all boys.’

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