Luke Sullivan is an educational entrepreneur with fifteen years’ experience founding and running some of the most exclusive and personalised educational organisations in the UK and Monaco.
Luke has personally worked with over a thousand internationally prominent families as a celebrated teacher, mentor, consultant and director during this time. He has developed a broad and deep range of specialisms including elite school and university entry, specialist exam preparation and the creation of highly-personalised education programs. It is Luke’s knowledge of educational best-practice coupled with his sophisticated understanding of the international Monaco community, that have formed the DNA of the British School of Monaco.
Luke says, “We are so excited to be bringing the British School of Monaco to life, and to be able to offer a diversification to Monaco’s educational excellent educational offering. So much thought and care has gone into developing every aspect of the school so that it not only stands toe-to-toe with some of the best schools in the world, but is also tailored to the diverse needs of Monaco’s international community.”
Dr Olena Sullivan-Prykhodko
Dr Olena Sullivan-Prykhodko holds a Master’s Degree in Corporate Law and a Ph.D in Law. Ukrainian born, Olena is a recipient of the State Award, the Medal of the Cabinet of Ministers, for her ‘outstanding contribution towards youth development’. In 2018, Olena served as National President of JCI Monaco, (Jeune Chambre Economique de Monaco), and in 2021, she held the office of JCI Vice President.
Olena leads on the operational and business elements of the school and the infrastructure development of the school premises.
Excited about the opening of the new school Olena says, “The British School of Monaco provides an environment where students come in every day with a sense of home and belonging. Many of our students are from multicultural and multilingual families, and, as someone who studied abroad, I know first-hand how important giving a strong sense of place is to students. This, on top of our strong values and excellent curriculum and teaching staff makes the British School of Monaco a really distinctive learning environment and community.”
Dr Stuart Bradley
Dr Stuart is a highly experienced head teacher of schools both in England and abroad. As a trained PENTA International school inspector and a CIS school evaluator he has also had the opportunity to spend time in schools in Asia, Africa and Europe. After graduating from Oxford University, he taught in a boarding prep school where he became a housemaster and deputy head. Three headships in the UK followed and then ten years as the Head of Primary at The Sultan’s School in Muscat, Oman.
Stuart firmly believes that school must be a place where students are valued, respected, nurtured and supported in an environment that is conducive to high-quality learning. It must be a place where each one has the widest range of opportunities to develop their thinking skills alongside gaining knowledge and mastery. They must be taught how to learn and how to apply what they learn – developing both academically and socially, preparing them for the next stage of their journey in life.
Miss Alex studied education in Edinburgh and then began and continued her teaching career in Scotland over the past five years. During this time she focused on working collaboratively in order to develop ‘Reading for Enjoyment’ and other areas of literacy across the school. Outside of work she is passionate about horse riding, particularly show jumping. Being from Scotland she enjoys being outside in beautiful rural landscapes.
In her own words:
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” Dr Seuss – Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
I often share this quote with learners in my class to encourage them to pursue their wildest dreams with confidence and fill themselves with belief. I have always believed that every learner I’ve had the pleasure of teaching can achieve whatever they put their mind to.
Several months ago, it occurred to me that I was not taking my own advice. With this in mind, I felt like I was ready for a new challenge and decided to steer myself to the Cote D’Azur. Waking up to blue skies, the sun glistening on the Mediterranean Sea and treasuring the taste of a warm pain au chocolat I soon realised that my advice is worth taking. By following this simple message that I refer to almost weekly in class, I have found myself on the French Riviera beginning a whole new chapter of my life. A chapter that I am tremendously thankful for and will be forever a memorable experience.
As a professional I hold in high regard the need for children to learn in a nurturing environment where they have the opportunities to equip themselves with the necessary skills to thrive in our modern and ever-changing world. This is something that the British School of Monaco is also passionate about. Alongside the exceptional curriculum that has been created I am eager to begin the school term and meet the learners and families in the near future.
Having taught in Rome for the past seven years, Miss Ness, a dedicated Francophile, is now delighted to be joining the team in Monaco. Miss Ness, a Cambridge graduate, worked in state schools in England (spending three years in special educational needs) and taught French and Spanish before leaving for sunnier climes. In her spare time, she sings, plays guitar and keeps fit by going to the gym and playing padel.
In her own words.
Gazing out of the window, my eye is captivated by one delight after another: charming terracotta, rose and lemon coloured houses peeking out from lush, verdant, cliff faces and seeming to compete with one another in their absurd beauty. The sky, ever-changing, be it hues of grey, fluffy clouds or pink ribbons traversing the sky, never ceases to fill my soul with awe. The splendour of the Cote d’Azur merits the love affair which holds so many of us, past and present, in its embrace. The train snakes round the hills and my glance is distracted by the light shimmering on the sea; the beautiful boats resting sentinel on the water. It is hard to imagine why anyone would ever want to leave this place. I marvel at the wonder that has come into my life: to have the joy of seeing this astonishing view every day, while travelling to meet some of the nicest people I have ever encountered: my new team of friends and colleagues at the British School of Monaco and Modelex.
With over 25 years’ experience in Primary education, Rhiannon has taught children in the classroom from Reception to Year 6. Educated and trained in the UK, she has worked in state and international schools in the US and Japan, as well as in different parts of the UK. As well as teaching the national curricula in England and Wales, Rhiannon has also worked with the US curriculum and delivered the International Baccalaureate Primary Years’ Programme. She has held curriculum leadership positions in mathematics, humanities and art. Rhiannon puts great emphasis on active learning and engaging her students in their learning journey. She is passionate about developing a love of books and reading.
Miss Katie trained in the UK and holds a master’s degree from the University of Glasgow. Having worked in primary schools in Scotland she brings her experience of working with learners at every stage, including those with additional language and learning needs to her role here at the British School.
In her own words
In my teaching journey, I have always believed in offering a well-structured and nurturing education to the children I teach. Every child is unique and wonderful, and it is my utmost priority to cater to their individual needs, interests and inspirations.
As I so often find myself reminding my class, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” This statement has served me well and brought me to the coastal paradise that is the French Riviera. Being able to foster a love for learning in my students and giving them every opportunity to achieve what I have throughout my career, and more, is an honour. Education is not just about imparting knowledge, but more so about giving children the lifelong skills they will need to achieve every dream and aspiration they may have.
I cannot wait to welcome the children into the British School of Monaco and nurture their potential, shaping the leaders of tomorrow!
Miss Joan is an experienced classroom teacher who has taught children from Reception to Year 6. In a career spanning some 30 years, she has delivered the Scottish Curriculum and the English National Curriculum both in state and private international schools in the UK and Dubai. A graduate of Glasgow University, Joan has also held various school leadership positions and was a Head Teacher in Scotland prior to relocating to Dubai. She has a particular interest in developing children’s understanding of, and achievement in, mathematics.
In her own words
‘There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign.’
Robert Louis Stevenson
As I reflect on my path as a traveller, I could never have imagined that my journey would bring me here, to the beautiful Cote d’Azur, nestled between the stunning foothills of the Alps and the tantalisingly blue Mediterranean Sea. A reminder in some ways of my native Scotland – but with sunshine!
Having taught internationally and had the privilege of meeting colleagues, students and parents from around the globe, I am constantly reminded of the welcome and friendships which are ours, if we are bold enough to grasp these opportunities which enrich our lives enormously. In doing so, I have felt less ‘foreign’ in my chosen homelands, forging friendships which will last a lifetime.
In welcoming the students to The British School of Monaco, I hope they will also enjoy this part of expat. life. School will be a place of learning, where they will work hard and be nurtured to be the best they can. But it is also a place where they will be part of The British School of Monaco community and where they will, hopefully, forge those friendships, and in so doing, come to know that they are in a place where they belong.
Miss Sally studied and taught within the UK and internationally. She has over thirty years of experience and holds a master’s level degree in education, and is currently completing Forest School training. Sally brings a wealth of experience to her role at the British School.
In her own words
I am a passionate educator and for me it is important to foster a diverse and inclusive learning environment that empowers students to excel academically, develop critical thinking skills, and become global citizens. I understand the importance of treating each student as an individual with their own particular needs, academically, socially and emotionally. It is always important for me to create a positive and engaging classroom atmosphere where every member of the class feels special and valued for who they are. When I was Head of English at a London Primary school I was so impressed with the speed non-English speakers acquired English that I made sure that all of my four children had the opportunity to speak another language. I am an inveterate Francophile so they have all spent time at school in France at some time in their education. I am a great believer in lifelong learning.
I am also an advocate for environmental conservation and led the Eco Council at my last school. I love hiking in my spare time and love living in this area so close to the mountains. I hiked the GR20 in Corsica a couple of years ago – a truly memorable experience! As a dedicated educator at the British School of Monaco, my mission is to continue inspiring and empowering students to become informed, compassionate and responsible global citizens, equipped to thrive in an ever-changing world.
Educated and trained in France, Ms. Malak taught in various public schools in Nice and Monaco. As well as teaching the French National Curriculum and the Cambridge Curriculum, she has worked with programmes supporting girls’ education in Africa and has experience of teaching within expeditionary learning and language teaching with a fun (ludique) and inclusive approach.
In her own words
I always tell my children and my students too: « We are all the architects of our own learning » Since I became a teacher and trainer more than fifteen years ago, and with each new school year, I ask myself the same question: why am I a teacher? Every year I rephrase my answer differently but my statement is the same. I always wanted to become a teacher because I like to share and help children learn.
My years of experience, my meetings with students and their parents, my colleagues, my reading and my travels have shaped me to learn to observe, listen, and celebrate each of my students, because their success is also mine. I see my job as a sacred mission because I have the responsibility to ensure the development of the future adults of our society and I must set an example and represent my school and its values: humility, resilience and creativity. I am honoured to accompany our students in their learning journey, so that together we can experience a unique and exciting human adventure!
Mr. Adam grew up and studied in England: A teacher of PE and games and has lived and worked in three other countries, teaching sport, over 11 years. His hobbies are cycling, golf, watching Chelsea FC, art museums, and cooking. The next personal goal for him is to cycle up Mont Ventoux.
In his own words.
Your first race, your first goal, your first team win! What does sport mean to you? Can you still remember your own success? Here at the British School of Monaco, we will develop skills and coordination in fun ways to bring a sense of teamwork, achievement and belonging to everyone. Exploring new games and activities will fill children with challenges and excitement in different ways to their normal daily life.
Sport in the sun is magical and it is one of the many reasons that draws me to this fantastic part of the world. Cycling in the mountains, swimming in the blue waters or running on the beach are just some of the exciting opportunities for exercise, to feel healthy and truly alive.
Having worked with young people in sport over 22 years, across three different continents, I still get a buzz in giving people the chance to play sport and smile.
Being part of another school start up in a fantastic place like Monaco fills me with joy and passion, bringing me back to finishing second place in my first ever school race in 1988, for me yes! I can still remember.
Educated in the UK, Miss Michelle completed her degree at Brunel University with a Bachelor in Social Work. After a long career in Social Work, Michelle is excited to transfer her skills within the education sector.
In her own words.
Hi, my name is Michelle Chapman, and I am proud to say I am one of the teaching assistants at the British School Monaco.
I moved to Monaco from the U.K. when I was pregnant with my first child and am very pleased to say that I now have two beautiful little girls.
Before retraining as a teaching assistant, I worked in London, first as a social worker and subsequently in sales for various well-known companies. Oh, and I also spent nearly seven years raising my kids!
Having grown up in London, Trinidad and Nigeria, I am passionate about travelling, diversity and experiencing different cultures which I consider to be an education all in itself.
I am super excited to be part of the team at the British School Monaco, working alongside the teachers and providing essential support required to shape the next generation – your children.
In his own words.
Je m’appelle Daniel Gonçalves , j’ai 29 ans. D’origine portugaise, je suis né à Monaco, là où j’ai grandi et effectué toute ma scolarité (école, collège, lycée). J’ai travaillé six ans à l’école Saint Charles de Monaco.
J’adore le sport , je pratique le football en compétition à l’AS Monaco FC. J’aime aussi pratiquer d’autres sports tels que le basketball ou le Padel et regarder la Formule 1 à la TV.
Je suis très heureux , honoré et fier de faire partie de l’équipe qui inaugure the British School of Monaco, et d’avoir l’occasion de faire grandir et évoluer cette structure.
A mon sens, la notion éducative est très importante et la transmission des bonnes valeurs aux enfants est essentielle. J’aime avoir un rôle ou je peux aider à la transmission de ces valeurs.
Étant assez polyvalent et ayant une bonne connaissance du territoire monégasque, je vais essayer de subvenir au mieux aux besoins de l’école et de son bon fonctionnement en collaboration avec les autres membres du staff.