Preparatory (Ages 9 - 12)

Naveed Faruqi

Primary / Preparatory Teacher

Mont. Dip. Adv 3-12

Miss Naveed trained at the prestigious AMI affiliate, Washington Montessori Institute, Maryland.  Upon graduating with her advanced Montessori Diploma, Miss Naveed taught in the U.S before before joining Rainbow.  Miss Naveed has over fourteen years teaching experience- several of them here at Rainbow, making her an incredibly experienced and knowledgeable Montessori teacher!


Elena Morales Contreras

Primary / Preparatory Teacher

Elena Morales Contreras

My name is Elena Morales Contreras, I possess Bachelor Degrees in both English and Spanish Philology along with a QTS.

I look forward to working alongside Miss Sylvia and Miss Naveed and the children of Primary and Preparatory.


Sylvia Peternell

Primary / Preparatory Teacher

Headteacher of the Junior School

BA, Mont. Dip. Adv 3-12

Miss Sylvia is both Primary and Preparatory directress and Head Teacher at the Rainbow Montessori Junior School. Sylvia studied for her Montessori 2 ½ to 6 at St Nicholas London before going back to her native Austria and completing her Montessori Education with a 6-12 Montessori certificate in and a BA in Education. Alongside all of her qualifications Sylvia also has 14 years of experience teaching Montessori.



Preparatory class is a purpose built, open-plan Montessori Room and overlooks the back garden, peace garden and lovely playground. Spacious and bright with plenty of natural light filtering through the sky light windows, it is the ideal environment for the development of the older children.