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Meet the Head Student Team

Head Student

Maurisha Ketheeswaran

Hi everyone! My name is Maurisha, and I am extremely delighted to be Newstead Wood School’s Head Student for the next academic year. I’m currently studying Biology, Chemistry and Maths and I hope to go on to pursue a career in Medicine. I have had the privilege to be at Newstead Wood School since Year 7. The school has changed a lot since then but as Head Student, I would like to make sure that the school is at its most accessible point for every student. As a representative of Newstead Wood School’s student body, I will make sure that every voice is heard and represented within the school. By working alongside the rest of the Head Student Team and Mr Blount, I am keen in making sure changes within the school are made for the best. My particular focus is around cultural diversity and displaying this around the school all year around. I am really excited to work alongside students, staff members, the Senior Leadership Team and, most importantly, represent and withhold the eminent reputation the school has.


Deputy Head Student

Olivia Wright - Wellbeing

Hello everyone! My name is Olivia, and I am the current Head of Wellbeing on the Newstead Wood School Head Student Team. I am studying Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Classics at Alevel and have been a student here for over five years. In the future, I would like to study Natural Sciences or Biochemistry at university and hopefully change the world with my research. As well as this, I have a passion for the arts and hope to keep this up in my spare time. As Head of Wellbeing, I aim to help the school to revolutionise the PSHE here at Newstead Wood School and make our school an even better place for all of us to learn and grow. 


Assistant Head Student

Sayuri Akahane - Enrichment

Hello everyone! I’m Sayuri and I’m honoured to be Newstead Wood School’s current Head of Enrichment on the Head Student Team - all of us here truly want to give back to the school as it has given us so much. I’m studying Psychology, Economics, Maths and Japanese (outside of school), and to be honest, I do not know what university course or career path I want to take. This can feel very scary and unstable when your friends have planned their life out, but I want any students like myself to know that it’s okay and that I can relate to them. Other things about myself are that Music and Art have always been my way of taking time out for myself, and I want to live in Spain one day. All the fun stuff in the school will be my responsibility, covering sport, clubs, the house system, electives and trips! With this role, I aim to bring the whole school together in societies in a safe way, implement changes in electives and emphasise the importance of taking breaks from academics.


Assistant Head Student

Beth Cameron - Academics

Hello! I'm Beth Cameron and I am Head of Academics on the Head Student Team. I’ve been studying at Newstead Wood School since Year 7 and am currently studying Maths, Further Maths, German and Drama Alevels. I take part in a musical theatre group outside of school (as well as running one in school) and enjoy crafting to raise money for Fight for Sight, a charity my family supports. In the future, I would like to teach Maths in secondary school! I’m hoping to use this opportunity on the Head Student Team to encourage students from all year groups to feel more confident coming forward with suggestions, feedback and ideas. I want to stay in touch with the student body and make sure everyone’s voice is being listened to. I’m working hard to establish an accessible mentoring scheme for students to get individual care, from the odd email, to weekly sessions with older mentors. It is really important to me that students can get hold of support and resources that they need, and that is what I hope to bring to Newstead Wood School! I can’t wait to get started working with all the incredible Newstead Wood School students over the next year.


Assistant Head Student

Victoria Chitongo - Head of KS5

Hi! My name is Victoria, I am the current Head of KS5 on the Newstead Wood School Head Student Team. I’m studying Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths at Alevel and have been here since Year 7. I hope to study medicine and go into the Biotechnology industry and who knows…. go on to revolutionise the current healthcare system! Outside of school, I pursue technical forms of dance and self-expression and am a self-proclaimed Marvel film fanatic. As Head of KS5, I aim to smoothen the transition from Year 11 to 12, revitalise Year 12 and Year 13 with more enrichment activities and events, and hopefully broaden our outreach to the rest of the school.


Assistant Head Student

Dinah Owiredu - Head of KS3 and KS4

Hi Everyone! I’m Dinah and I’m so happy to be a part of the Head Student Team and be representing main school, where I had some of my fondest memories at Newstead Wood School over the past 5 years. I currently study Biology, Chemistry and Maths Alevel with the intentions of pursuing Medicine and specialising in Paediatrics. Outside of school, I work with Plan UK International, where we work on equality for women and empowering us, which is something I also hope to further embed in Newstead Wood School culture. I also would like to bring main school closer together through more competitions, various cultural events and whole school activities, as well as amplifying the voices and concerns of the student body. I also want to be a friendly face and “big sister” figure to the lower school.





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