Meet the Head
Mike Gibb BA (Hons) PGCE NPQH
I am passionate about the value of Early Years and Primary education, giving children the best possible start while fostering a love of learning and a lifelong ‘can do’ attitude.
I believe education goes beyond examination success; children can only achieve when they feel happy and safe and when they’ve been given the skills to tackle new challenges, the courage to overcome obstacles and the opportunity to succeed. I place no limits on expectations. Children astound me every day, fuelling my enthusiasm for teaching.
Having completed my degree in Economics at Royal Holloway, University of London, I went to Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Royal Engineers. After eight exciting years’ service in the UK and Germany, I left the Army and completed my PGCE before starting my teaching career at Westbourne House School in Chichester, where I was on the Senior Leadership Team as Head of Boarding. In 2011, I moved to Guildford High Junior School as Deputy Head, becoming Head of the school in 2016. I am married with two grown-up daughters; my wife is also a Headteacher, leading a Church of England Secondary comprehensive school in Surrey.
In these rapidly evolving, increasingly global times, I am excited to be involved in the education of young people and to be leading Banstead Prep School. We’re a forward-thinking school with a talented and experienced staff team and the facilities to enable the broadest of opportunities as part of an engaging, innovative and exciting curriculum. This combination enables our children to be inspired, to work with others and to enjoy learning, both in and out of the classroom, and to go on to their senior school of choice and take charge of their world.
I look forward to welcoming you to Banstead Preparatory School so you can see how happy children learn best and confident children go far.
From January 2021, the Headteacher of Banstead Prep School will be Mr Jonathan Chesworth.
Mr Chesworth is currently Deputy Head of Thomas’s Clapham. Prior to this, he was Head of Games, Physical Education and PHSE at King’s College Junior School, Wimbledon. Jonathan and his wife, Christina, have two boys aged 8 and 5.
A keen sportsman and supporter of the arts, Mr Chesworth studied at University College of St John and St Mark, Plymouth before early careers in Events Management and Recruitment. Now, as a highly experienced Deputy Head, he is very much looking forward to taking up his appointment in January 2021.