“Salcombe clearly is an extraordinary learning environment and so much more. It is a community, a hive of activity and a place where children can flourish”

Welcome to Salcombe Preparatory School. I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you.

A past rowing pupil of mine wrote to me after her World Rowing Championships Bronze medal “You have made me what I am.” This inspired me to become a teacher. I have taught in, led and inspected a variety of prep schools, teaching a range of subjects from Nursery to Year 8.

“Sometimes, the smallest things can take the most room in your heart.” What has become apparent to me is that Salcombe has a heart and the children possess a real desire to learn that is not present in all schools.

I have spent considerable time analysing the pressures faced by pupils during a school day. These pressures, including getting on with all the other children, can be underestimated. So, when I say that I am pupil-centred, I mean that I genuinely try to put myself in the children’s shoes.

Perseverance, aspiration and a growth mindset have made me who I am today and I aim to instil these same attributes in each child at Salcombe. I strongly believe in “the things that make me different, make me.” For the children to learn about teamwork, be inquisitive, be genuine, be gracious, be a good example to others, show resilience and be self-reliant, they need individualised levels of challenge and considerate mentoring. I am driven to help your children find themselves, develop their character and prepare them for the real world.


Mr Graeme Smith

BSc (Hons), PGCE, MED

Head of School

020 8441 5356