Following a thorough recruitment process, led for RSAcademics by Charlotte Faber and Jenny Funnell, the Governors have announced that Mrs Sonal Chatrath has been appointed as Head of John Lyon Prep School (Quainton Hall) from 1st January 2024, to succeed Simon Ford.

Sonal is the current the Deputy Head Academic at Danes Hill School in Surrey and has over a decade of hands-on experience in senior leadership roles at prep schools, including seven years at Danes Hill School, where she worked her way up from Director of Learning Support and Assistant Deputy Head Academic to become Deputy Head Academic. Prior to this, she was Head of Prep at Manor House School in Surrey.

With her extensive prep school experience, across a number of senior level roles, RSAcademics and the John Lyon Governors were in agreement that Sonal is exceptionally well-suited and qualified to lead John Lyon Prep School.

Sonal joins the John Lyon family of schools at an exciting time in their history and she will help to take forward the collaboration between the senior and prep schools to maintain John Lyon’s position as one of Northwest London’s leading 3-18 co-educational schools. Sonal will work closely with Rose Hardy, the incoming Head of John Lyon School, with whose appointment RSAcademics was also delighted to assist the Governors.