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Houseparents - Mr Dickon Baird and Mrs Lucy Baird

I joined Cheltenham College Preparatory School in 2014 as Head of History from The New Beacon, where I worked as a History and English teacher, as well as sports coach and a boarding tutor.
Boarding is in my blood: I grew up in prep schools as both my parents were ‘in the profession’. After leaving school, I went straight to Windlesham House School as a Junior Teacher, which cemented my desire to work in education. I went on to complete my BA in Medieval History and Ancient History at Cardiff University, before working as a Resident Assistant Tutor at Junior King’s School Canterbury. I embarked on my teacher training qualification at the school and graduated through Canterbury Christ Church University.
My wife, Lucy, has also worked for three years at Cheltenham Prep and teaches Science. We already live on site and have both been involved in the Boarding House since we arrived, including a regular Houseparent Duty on Sunday evenings.
We both really enjoy playing sport in our free time, as well as exploring historical sites and visiting family in Dorset and Cornwall. We also love watching films, as many of the Boarders can testify! It will be an exciting time as we take on The Prep Boarding House and we look forward to leading an experienced team, as well as getting to know a great group of Boarders.
Dickon Baird