We get to know a bit more about the brand new Head of Sutton Valence Prep School, Mr Mark Scholey

What are you most looking forward to about joining SVPS?

As I join SVPS, I am especially looking forward to meeting and really getting to know the pupils and families here. I am eager to be part of such a special community and set the best possible example for the children as they progress on their educational journeys.

What will the greatest challenges be?

Being my first headship, the range of the portfolio of a head is broad and I appreciate that this will come with a number of challenges. However, I am optimistic that in such a supportive community, these will be overcome. Other challenges set to feature strongly are the cost of living and sustainability.

Tell us about your roles outside the sphere of education and how they influence your work.

Being a son, a brother, a husband and a father really helps me to keep perspective on work. As well as this, being a hockey coach means that I also witness the importance of passion and kindness regularly, both of which are required when working in education.

What made you want to work in education?

I have always thought that children think and say the funniest things, and often see things from a perspective that would benefit many adults. I believe that there is no greater responsibility than educating future generations and I take great pride in being a part of this.

Tell us about a favourite school teacher or school memory.

My former headmaster seemed to know and value every pupil in his charge. Whilst I was receiving an award for sport in my final assembly at school aged 18, he discreetly reminded me of how far I had come since our first lunch when I had eaten spaghetti bolognese rather messily in front of him!

Where are you looking forward to exploring in the local area?

At SVPS, we have a house system based on some of the castles of Kent. I have had the pleasure of visiting Hever, Bodiam and Rochester with my family. But I am yet to get to Leeds, ironically the closest castle to SVPS. Apparently, we have a school trip this term and I have duly signed up!

How do you relax outside work?

I play a lot of sports: running, cycling and swimming mostly. I like cooking and pottering (do other languages have the same concept I always wonder?) around the garden. I also like to relax by reading and listening to podcasts and audiobooks.

Tell us about a favourite book or podcast.

My favourite podcast at the moment is ‘No such thing as a fish’. Each week, the panel pick four favourite facts and then discuss them, blending science, the arts and no little humour in the process. They also sometimes have guest presenters, recently including Malcolm Gladwell, who is one of my favourite authors.

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