Headmaster's Welcome

St Edward's Preparatory School promotes a strong sense of family, where all pupils are deeply valued and supported, to fulfil their potential in a caring atmosphere of mutual respect and compassion.

Pupils are individually known and equally valued, whatever their strengths and weaknesses. Great care is taken by all staff to ensure that our pupils develop into quietly confident, compassionate and perfectly balanced individuals. We prepare children academically for a successful transition at Year 6 to our Senior School with the same ethos and breadth of education, and to local Grammar Schools.

Our pupils make me proud, whether that be on the games field or by the diligence they pay to their academic studies.  They are the most polite and well-mannered children and love to take on responsibilities such as School Ambassador, Charity Ambassador or House Captain; they love to represent and make a contribution to the School.  As a father, I could not think of a better school to educate my children, and I am very happy with my choice!

If you would like to experience what we offer, come and see us; I would be delighted to take you on a personal tour of the School and introduce you to our wonderful pupils and staff.

Mr Stephen McKernan


About The Headmaster

Stephen McKernan has been a Head for over ten years both in the State and Independent sectors.  He has been Headmaster of St Edward’s Prep School since 2011.  His first degree is in Education with History and RE from the University of Ulster.  Along with a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership, he holds the National Professional Qualification in Headship.  He is an Inspector for ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) and is Chair of the Midlands ISA (Independent Schools' Association) region, and National Chair of the ISA Inspections Committee. His private research interests are in the area of ‘successful school leadership’.

He is married to Sharon, who works locally as an Anaesthetic Nurse, and they have three daughters who are all thriving from  a St Edward's education, both in the Prep School and Senior School.