Head of girls

mrs emma studd

Emma joined Garden House School in 1998 and since then has been an integral part of the teaching staff.
For the past fifteen years, alongside teaching Maths and English to the older girls, she has focused on preparing the children for their 11+ examinations, staying constantly up-to-date on the entrance demands and procedures for the London Day Schools and Boarding Schools. She believes fervently every child has the right to an excellent well-rounded education, one which prepares children for happiness and success in their adult lives and which nurtures within them a feeling of confidence, courage and self-worth.

At Garden House School, we are dedicated to giving our pupils the very best start in life, to instilling in them a love of learning and a strong feeling of self-worth. We achieve this by creating a happy, safe and positive environment in which the children can be curious and inquisitive, take calculated risks and make mistakes, yet still have the courage, self-assurance and resilience to have another try.

The pastoral care at Garden House is second to none and the values of kindness, respect and courtesy pervade all we do. With this ethos at our core and in offering a balanced, yet broad and stimulating curriculum, the children are provided constantly with opportunities to develop into confident, independent, thoughtful and thought-provoking young adults and problem solvers.

Academic standards are high and we are immensely proud of our results, but we also believe at Garden House that the joy of childhood must be celebrated, that the different talents and passions of our pupils be applauded equally, so that every child in our care has a voice and feels valued.

Emma’s passion for teaching began on her gap year when she volunteered to teach a class of teenagers in a remote school in the Western Province of Kenya. Following her PGCE training, Emma worked in the maintained sector and then, after a short stint in the world of publishing, discovered Garden House.

Emma graduated from Bristol University with a BSc Hons in Psychology, which sparked her interest in mental wellbeing, and studied for her PGCE at Roehampton Institute of Education. She was educated at Wellington College in Berkshire.

Emma is married to Andrew, a Charity Lawyer, and they have two teenage daughters who attend Godolphin and Latymer School. Outside school, Emma enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

As a child, Emma loved acting and now enjoys going to the theatre and was delighted to have had the opportunity to direct several of the Garden House summer shows at the Royal Court Theatre.

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