Meet the Heads

Headmaster Julian Noad in his study with his dog Percy

Julian Noad

Headmaster, Oswestry School

Julian Noad became Headmaster at Oswestry School in September 2014. Previously, Julian was Deputy Headmaster (Academic) at Rydal Penrhos and before that Housemaster at Clifton College where he was also Director of Studies, Exams Office and a Physics Teacher. He grew up in Tonbridge, Kent and was educated at The Judd School before reading Electrical Engineering at the University of Southampton. After gaining his PGCE at Bristol University, Julian began his teaching career at Milldown Middle School as Head of Science.

Julian's experience is grounded in co-educational boarding schools, and he believes strongly in the value of an all round education, that seeks to develop every character within the school. He is a member of the HMC, and a member of the main and education committees for the Society of Heads

Julian is married to Jane, who is a teacher at Bellan House. They have two children, one at University and one at Oswestry School.


Claire Belk Head of Bellan House

Claire Belk

Head of Bellan House, Oswestry School

Claire became Head at Bellan House, Oswestry's Prep School, in September 2017, after being Head of Learning Support at Oswestry School. Previously, Claire had been an Advisory Teacher for Literacy with Powys Local Authority. Claire began her teaching career at West Heath Infant School in Birmingham and taught in a number of schools across the Midlands and Nottinghamshire, gaining valuable experience as a SENCO, and as a senior manager during her career. Claire has a degree in English and a PGCE in Primary Education.

Claire's experience lies within both the maintained sector and co-educational Independent day and boarding schools, from where she developed her passionate beliefs in ensuring the wellbeing and happiness of the child in order to allow them to thrive and reach their full potential. She believes that by allowing children to take responsibility and supporting them to bring inspirational and creative ideas to reality, truly responsible citizens and the leaders of our future are created. Claire is married to Andrew and they have three sons.