The Bereton mission is one with a human face. Montessori trained and widely experienced, Chief (Mrs) Victoria Diete-Spiff is progressive and dynamic. In recognition of her contribution to child education in Nigeria, she was conferred with the Chieftaincy title of Yeye-llu of Lagos — Mother of all — by the Late Oba of Lagos, His Royal Highness, Adeyinka Oyekan II. The title reflects her natural affinity for children, which has become her way of life. She refers to all the pupils as “my grandchildren”. “These are children I would love to keep,” she says fondly.
This feeling is mutual, as both pupils and staff call her “Big Mummy,” and she lives up to it. Bereton parents say that part of their attraction to the school is the Managing Director’s personal interest and individual input in the education of their children.
“My dream is to give the children a solid foundation in all fields of study, to make them self reliant and confident even at a tender age,” she says.