ST John’s on-the-Hill, Chepstow’s independent preparatory school, is delighted to announce the appointment of its first female Headteacher, Ruth Frett, in its 93 years of history.

Having been a professional singer for more than 10 years, performing on Radio 4 and in concerts all over the world, Ruth brings her passion for performing arts and love of world cultures to the children of St John’s.

Speaking about her new role, Ruth said: “St John’s has something very special. The school buzzes with excitement and energy and children are encouraged to be curious, adventurous and to exceed expectations. As the new Head, I will nurture this love of learning and enable every child to flourish.

“It is great to join a school that shares my passion for performing arts, sport, science, maths and design, to mention just a few subjects. St John’s provides an excellent all-round education and equips children with skills that last a lifetime. More importantly, St John’s provides a secure environment where every child is valued.”

Roger Jones, CEO of the Dean Close Foundation, said: “We are excited to have Ruth onboard and with her inspirational leadership, I believe St John’s will build on its reputation and go from strength to strength.”

Ruth studied at St Andrew’s University and Trinity College of Music and is about to complete a Masters in Education. Ruth most recently ran a successful boarding house for 116 girls at Cranleigh School. A keen sportswoman, she also coaches netball and rounders teams. On her own admission, Ruth is fiercely competitive and yet is a strong advocate for team spirit and sportsmanship.