Senior Leadership Team

Mr G R A Davies

Headmaster

BA (Hons) PGCE M.Ed., Cantab

About Mr Davies...

Originating from the top end of the Swansea Valley, Gareth gained personal experience of an independent school when he boarded at Llandovery College from the age of 11-18.

Following an initial degree in Human Resource Management, he completed his PGCE in Primary Education at Aberystwyth University. He has since gone on to complete a Masters in Educational Leadership and School Improvement at Cambridge University.

He became Headmaster of Gayhurst School in September 2016, having previously been Head of Alleyn Court in Southend-on-Sea for 8 years. He is married to Lisa and has three daughters, Nia, Daisy (who both attend Gayhurst) and Ffion and a Sproodle called Humphrey.

Gareth is a trained ISI team and compliance inspector, sits on a number of IAPS committees and chairs the Finance Committee. He loves watching and playing sport, although does not get much opportunity for the latter apart from the odd game of cricket or hacking his way around a golf course. However, he satisfies his sporting needs as a season ticket holder for Swansea City and an ardent follower of the Ospreys and Welsh rugby.

Mr D Bushnell

Deputy Head

BA (Hons) London

About Mr Bushnell...

Born in Watford and brought up & educated in Northwood, David has always been very interested in Sport. He represented Middlesex at U16 level cricket and still plays locally now. David coached for Bucks cricket for several years and achieved his Level 3 coaching award in 2015.

Prior to graduating with QTS from London University, David spent 18 months working in IT in London.  He specialised in primary education and spent 5 enjoyable years at Davenies prior to taking up a position as Head of IT at Gayhurst in 2008.

David became Deputy Head of Gayhurst in January 2017.  He is a Governor at his local primary school and has recently joined the board of trustees at a local multi-academy trust. David and his partner Sam have a son Stanley and David  enjoys much of his time away from Gayhurst with his family and pet Labrador, Zack.

Mrs J Terrar

Head of Junior School

Cert. Ed., London

About Mrs Terrar...

Joan is a Minister’s daughter and consequently, she moved around the country and attended schools as far apart as Scotland and the Isle of Wight.

After studying, Joan taught in London before having a career break to raise her two sons.  Both her sons attended Gayhurst and progressed to the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe.

Joan’s first position at Gayhurst was to set up the very first Reception class and she became Head of Junior School in 1999.  Joan loves to play badminton.  A lesser known fact about her is that she is a Grade 8 Trombonist and was a member of the Northern Junior Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr G Whitaker

Dir. of Studies

Cert. Ed., Manchester

About Mr Whitaker...

After teacher training at North Cheshire College (Manchester University), Grant started his teaching career in a Secondary school in Hampshire. He moved into  Independent schools with an appointment as Assistant House-Master at King’s School, Rochester before moving on to Underhill School where he took up the position of Director of Activities. With his wife, Sandra, he then spent five years as House parents in schools in Scotland and Bristol before moving to Gayhurst in September 2002 as Head of Mathematics. He was appointed Director of Studies in January 2012.

Grant is a trained ISI team inspector, he enjoys watching his beloved Plymouth Argyle when they are near to home and he leads an active life competing in marathons and cycling events both home and abroad.

Miss M Legg

Head of Middle School

B. Ed (Hons) Oxon

About Miss Legg...

Born in Oxford, Melissa moved to live and grow up in Saudi Arabia.  She was educated within the American Grade school system until she returned to the UK to board full time in the Independent schools system until the age of 16.

Melissa initially trained at Henley College to work within a Nursey setting and is a qualified Nursery Nurse.  After a gap year working, she studied for a BEd (Hons) RS at Oxford and then went to work within the Independent Schools system.

Melissa has worked in 4 different Prep schools in Bucks and Berks within the Co-Ed and single sex settings.  Melissa is also Head of Religious Studies and this will be her tenth year at Gayhurst.

Melissa has always kept an eye on her pupils once they have left Gayhurst and is often seen supporting former pupils on the sidelines of a rugby pitch.  Melissa is delighted to be involved with setting up the Gayhurst Alumni.

Mrs C Dixon

Bursar

BA (Hons), MCMI, CSBM

About Mrs Dixon...

As a result of studying at Birmingham, claire achieved a BA (Hons), and has subsequently added a Diploma in Management (MCMI) and the Certificate in School Business Management (CSBM).  Claire is responsible for the school finance, support functions and the site including health & safety and maintenance.  She is also the Clerk to Governors and Company Secretary and has been at Gayhurst for nine years.

Both of Claire’s parents were teachers and she is married to Lee and has a labradoodle (called Poppy) and two cats (Sox and Bruce).  Regularly spotted sporting a high-visibility jacket, Claire often gets her hands dirty around the site.  She is currently using some of the skills gained through her work at Gayhurst to renovate her new home.

Miss M Upton

Dir. of Admissions and Marketing

DipSchMkt

About Miss Upton...

Michelle was born and grew up in Watford and attended Watford Grammar School for Girls.  Her Marketing Diploma was received from The Centre for Marketing Schools (Australia) and undertaken via distance learning.  Arriving in 2013, Gayhurst is the fourth independent school Michelle has marketed.  Having worked in both single sex and co-ed schools, Michelle is an advocate for co-education.  Responsible for directing the Marketing initiative of the school and the admissions processes, Michelle is the first point of contact for most parents.

Michelle is relieved to have successfully survived her daughters’ teenage years and is now a proud Nanna to Harvey and Esme.  Giving her support to Watford FC, Michelle attends every home match at Vicarage Road with her father, brother and nephew.