Meet the Head: Amanda Campbell, Avon House Preparatory School, Woodford Green

Avon House pupils are described as unique, priceless and precious

Avon House pupils are described as unique, priceless and precious - Credit: Archant

The head of Avon House, Amanda Campbell, reflects on 100 years of history at the Woodford Green independent prep school

Mrs Amanda Campbell

Mrs Amanda Campbell - Credit: Archant

How long have you been head at Avon House?

I have been head for nine years.

What attracted you to the role?

Making a greater difference to education in our corner of Woodford Green.

What is special about your school?

Each pupil is unique, priceless and precious.

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Compiling a dream team of teachers, who would you love to have as guests at Avon House?

As a UNICEF Rights Respecting School having someone like Nelson Mandela or Malala Yousafzai would be brilliant. Other guests would include John Williams as he is a great composer and I would hope that he would inspire our musicians. Also Tim Peake, the famous British astronaut.

What was your favourite lesson during your school days?

I loved music at school and enjoyed singing in the choir. I also enjoyed English, which gave me a love of classic literature.

Was there any type of school dinner that you could not stand?

Any pudding that involved custard!

What would your alternative career be?

I currently run a gardening club at Avon House so I would probably choose a career in horticulture.

How do you like to unwind after a long day?

A glass of wine and time in the garden.

Tell us something surprising about yourself...

I have just circumnavigated the globe during my sabbatical.

Can you give us a fascinating fact about Avon House?

This year the school is 100 years old!

If you were prime minister for the day what would you do?

Not sure what impact you could have in one day, but trying to better the air around us. Every child deserves the right to be able to breathe clean air so that they can grow and fulfil their full potential.

What makes you smile?

The funny things children say.

What has been the most satisfying aspect of your career to date?

I was honoured to go to Sri Lanka after the Boxing Day 2004 tsunami and work with orphaned children which was supported by our school.

What do you hope will be your legacy at Avon House?

That there will still be a school here in 100 years’ time.

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