Policies & Documentation

Printed copies of any of the School policies can be provided on request by emailing schooloffice@lochinverhouse.com


Parents of Lochinver House Preparatory School should be aware that this school has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children who are their pupils.  This responsibility necessitates a Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy (incorporating Staff Behaviour and Code of Conduct) and that this School may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare.

We take the safeguarding of children extremely seriously, following and often going beyond statutory guidelines to ensure the children in our care are safe. If you have any concerns about the welfare of a child, please do make contact with us. If you have a concern that a child is in immediate danger you must call 999.

School Policies

Inspection Report

Our last three Inspection Reports can be found below or on the Independent Schools Inspectorate website. They can also be provided on request by visiting the School Office or emailing schooloffice@lochinverhouse.com

Board of Governors

Lochinver House Preparatory School was founded in 1947 by Harold Bailey and the first Headmaster Willoughby Salter.  It was run as a private Preparatory School until 1960 when Willoughby Salter decided to retire and wished to sell the school.  Many of the parents at the time wished the school to remain and so a self-governing charitable trust was set up.  In 2002 Lochinver became incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee, the Governors being members and directors thereof.

The Lochinver Board of Governors is largely made up of people who all have a personal interest in the welfare of the school as former parents, employees or pupils.  The Chairman, Mr Nicholas Gilbert, is a former pupil and has been a Governor for the School since 2014.  The Governing Body aims to include within its membership expertise in different areas which may be useful to the school such as education, law, accountancy, healthcare, and construction.  Accordingly, we have as Governors, the Heads of several local independent secondary schools where many boys go after their time at Lochinver, including the Heads of St Albans and Haileybury, together with other specially selected members.  Governors do not receive any remuneration from Lochinver, nor do they charge for any work carried out on the school’s behalf.

The Board is assisted by the Bursar who acts as Clerk to the Governors.

The Board of Governors is responsible for the overall direction of the school but plays no part in its day to day running, a task which is left entirely to the Head and his staff.  However, the Governors maintain close contact with the school, particularly with the Headmaster and the Bursar, making themselves available for consultation, should the need arise.  Full Governors’ meetings are held at the school once a term and various committees are elected to deal with specific areas, such as finance, risk, education and health, and safety.

Board of Governors

Nicholas Gilbert – Chair of Governors
Governor since 2014
Charity Professional
Former Lochinver Pupil
Chair of Bursary Committee
Member of Finance and General Purpose Committee
and Risk Management Committee
Duncan Taylor – Vice Chair
Governor since 2014
Chair of the Risk Management Committee
Bruce Aitken
Governor since 2018
Former Parent
Company Director
Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee
Martin Collier
Governor since 2018
Headmaster of Haileybury
Sam Coombs
Governor since 2020
Marketing Executive
Mandy English
Governor since 2015
Communications Officer
Member of Education Committee
Jonathan Gillespie
Governor since 2015
Headmaster of St Albans School
Dina Hamalis
Governor since 2021
Head of Channing Junior School
Chair of Education Committee
Olivia Jacobs
Governor since 2017
Former Parent
Business Director
James Le Couilliard
Governor since 2015
Former Parent
Company Director
Member of Finance and General Purposes Committee
Helen Philp
Former Head of Maths at Lochinver House School
Governor since 2017
Member of Education Committee and Bursary Committee
Jonathan Taylor-Cummings
Governor 2018
Company Director
Former Parent
Member of the Education Committee
Andrew Walker
Governor since 2021
Former Parent
Member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee
and Education Committee
Adam Ward
Governor since 2021
Former Parent
Member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee
and Risk Committee
Clerk to the Governors
email: bursar@lochinverhouse.com

Correspondence Address:

Lochinver House School
Heath Road
Little Heath
Potters Bar
Herts EN6 1LW

School Leadership

Head; Mr Ben Walker

Deputy Head; Mr Russell Donohoe

Director of Studies; Mr Michael Pontin

Head of EYFS and Pre Prep; Miss Katie Paynter

Head of Early Seniors; Mrs Purita Cortes

Bursar; Mrs Jill Long

Director of Marketing and Admissions; Mrs Anne Meir 

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