Renuka Chinnadurai joined The Grange School as Head of Lower Prep in July 2023 from Harrow International School, Shanghai, where she was Head of Pre-Prep. She has taught across the primary age range and has been a headteacher for over 15 years in the UK. Renuka was also designated a National Leader of Education, has been an Executive Headteacher and worked as a consultant headteacher; as part of her contribution to the local community, she has also been a Governor of Canterbury Christ Church University and has been a non-executive director of a UK based charity dealing with Early Childhood and Parenting.
Ren studied Languages Economics and Politics at Kingston University and subsequently went on to gain a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Roehampton Institute, University of Surrey. She also holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship and a Diploma in Reading Recovery.
She is passionate about research into teaching and learning, creating an enriching and meaningful curriculum, the arts in education and developing leaders of the future. Ren has spoken in both the UK and abroad on these aspects of education, has been involved in supporting other schools to improve and has a wealth of experience in developing outstanding teaching and learning, especially in all aspects of literacy across the curriculum.
Ren believes in creating an environment where all stakeholders are happy, motivated, challenged and inspired to be the best they can be, reaching the highest academic and personal standards. She works with teams to ensure that children are passionate about learning, have inquisitive minds, a growth mindset, are problem solvers, are creative, have their talents nurtured, and have the desire to make our world better.
In her spare time, you will find Ren engaging in her passions of cooking, art, music and languages; you will either find her finding out about food, visiting galleries, constructing her own artworks, listening to music or reading.