Meet the Staff

 

Head Teacher

Mark Hudson

Mark Hudson joined the Gardener Schools Group (GSG) as the founding Headmaster of Kew House School in January 2013. Mark spent the previous 17 years at the Thomas Telford School in Shropshire where he was, ultimately, Senior Deputy. Mark is a Design and Technology specialist who has been responsible for developing all aspects of the school to its current position. Mark has extensive experience in curriculum development and innovation, particularly in the field of on line learning. Mark has an Master of Education degree from Exeter University.

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Deputy Heads

James Lowe

My name is James Lowe and I am Deputy Head at Kew House School. Previous to this post I was Head of Upper School at Kew Green Preparatory School for five years. I am secondary trained and have a degree in Geography and a master's degree in Information Technology. In addition to my curriculum contribution in humanities and computing, I hold responsibility for the pastoral care of the students and the timetable.

I enjoy a range of activities and hobbies which include sailing, cross country running, squash, photography and astronomy. My interests include learning Spanish and walking in Spain, Dorset and Cumbria. I am also learning the piano and play the trumpet.

Elizabeth Atwell

Elizabeth Atwell

My name is Elizabeth Atwell and I joined Kew House School from The Heathland School, where I taught for 16 years and spent the last six years as an Assistant Headteacher. At Kew House, as Deputy Head with responsibility for Key Stage 3, I aim to continue the innovative work that has already started at Key Stage 3, so that all the students thoroughly enjoy their learning experience at Kew House.

I have a degree in Geography from Liverpool University and trained for my PGCE at Cambridge University. As a geographer, I enjoy travelling and recent trips have included hiking in Nepal and Patagonia. Although I love the big outdoors, I also enjoy city living and before training as a teacher, I spent three years working for an international law firm in Hong Kong. I try to use my own experiences of visits to other parts of the world to bring geography alive in the classroom.

Closer to home, I enjoy cycling around Richmond Park and getting out and about in the Lake District or Scottish Highlands.

Pastoral Leaders

 

Jennifer Chambers

Hello, my name is Jennifer Chambers and I am Director of Studies. Previously, I was KS4 Co-ordinator at Collingwood College in Surrey where I taught for six years. I studied a BA in English Literature with Sociology at Keele University before moving back to London to complete my PGCE at Roehampton University.

I am particularly interested in active learning and seek to create a dynamic classroom environment in which students can access a diverse range of texts and are able to relate them to real life contexts, cultures and situations. I look forward to continuing the department’s legacy of theatre trips and extra-curricular clubs and hope to foster the love of learning that is apparent within the students at Kew House.

In my spare time I enjoy a range of activities including, rugby, running and baking, and at weekends, can be found exploring London or escaping to the Cornish coast for some sea air.

Jillian Mannion

Jillian Mannion

My name is Jillian Mannion and I am Head of Y11 and  Assistant Head of KS4. I taught at Old Palace of John Whitgift School for seven years, initially teaching English and then becoming Head of Drama as the subject grew in popularity. Before coming to London, I studied Drama and English, receiving my BA and PGCE from Queen’s University, Belfast. I recently completed my MA at Goldsmiths, University of London.

I aim to develop drama at Kew House, both as an academic subject and through extra-curricular festivals and competitions, large-scale productions and many theatre trips. Kew House has a wealth of talented actors and musicians I am hoping to showcase as the drama facilities evolve. I have directed a wide range of productions over the years, everything from Aristophanes’ The Frogs to The Sound of Music, and I have lots of exciting ideas for shows at Kew House.

As a drama teacher, I love going to the theatre, but I also enjoy watching contemporary dance and music events, as well as discovering the fantastic museums and galleries London has to offer.

   

Richard Lees

I am Richard Lees and I am the Head of Sixth Form at Kew House School. Previously, I was Head of Physics at Thomas Telford School, where I taught for six years. I am a physics specialist and completed my degree in physics at Nottingham University before doing a PGCE at King’s College London. I have enjoyed the challenge of building the science department at Kew House over the last two years and am committed to delivering science as a practical subject, allowing students to develop their naturally inquisitive natures and equip them with skills to question and investigate their environment. Science at Kew House delivers an enriching curriculum based around discovery, creativity and the practical application of the scientific method.

I am a keen sailor and hold Dinghy Instructor and Yachtmaster qualifications from the RYA. I have played rugby and cricket for local teams and am very interested in music and play the piano and guitar.

English Department 

Siobhan Milgate

My name is Siobhan Milgate and I am thrilled to be Head of English at Kew House School. Having studied English Language and Linguistics at the University of the West of England in Bristol and gained my PGCE in Suffolk, I began working at Holland Park School in Kensington and Chelsea in 2013. During my three years, I gained a wealth of experience in inspirational teaching and learning strategy - all of which I am excited to continue to hone within the community of Kew House School.

Prior to moving to London I was fortunate enough to work as a Student Support Officer for three years in Suffolk. Here, I specialised in working with children with Special Educational Needs as well as supporting young people with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties to reach their potential.

Emma Close

I am delighted to be joining Kew House School as the Deputy Head of the English Department. Previously, I was Key Stage 3 Coordinator of Sacred Heart High School in Hammersmith and prior to this, I worked as the Achievement Support Leader at George Stephenson High School in Newcastle upon Tyne. I have also spent a year abroad teaching at the British Vietnamese International school in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where I gained a wealth of experience and relished in the opportunity to travel throughout Asia and beyond.

Before my PGCE at the University of Newcastle, I received a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing at Northumbria University. My pedagogy is centred in creating critical thinkers through discussion, debating and gaining access to a wide wealth of different texts, genres and writers.

In my spare time I enjoy yoga, seeing live theatre and music, reading and travelling the world. I am thoroughly looking forward to helping the English Department at Kew House to continue to evolve and go from strength to strength.

 

Georgina Clarke

I studied English Literature at the University of Southampton before joining Teach First to train as an English teacher. I have spent the past two years teaching at a secondary school in South Wales and have been heavily involved in providing extra-curricular experiences to fuel a love for English in my students.

I am particularly interested in using a variety of methods to bring texts to life for pupils. I want to help them engage with more challenging literature and consider its place in their world. I look forward to developing this through a range of activities including creative writing, drama and debate.

 

Leigh Langhan

I am delighted to be joining the English team at Kew House School in September. Previously, I have studied at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and received a BA in English Literature and Sociology and Politics. I am a driven and highly dedicated teacher with a vast amount of experience.

Having taught in a variety of schools during my time in Ireland and the UK, I have picked up a plethora of different teaching skills. I have gained experience in creative and innovative teaching which I look forward to sharing with the students at Kew House School.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, sports, baking, going to the theatre and exploring new places.

Keelie Webb

Hello, my name is Keelie Webb, teacher of English. I studied at Lancaster University for my BA in English Literature with minors in History and European Studies. I then attended the University of Bedfordshire to complete my PGCE in English. I have taught in a range of schools across South London and Surrey and have most recently taught English, literacy, creative writing, and higher level literacy at Wilson’s Grammar School.

I am an avid writer and am passionate about encouraging my students to share my enthusiasm. For me, the best lessons are when students feel they can fully explore a text or an idea and are confident enough to take risks with this.

 

Rosie Singleton

I am a teacher of English and Psychology and I studied a combined honours degree in English and Psychology at Winchester University. Following this, I gained my PGCE through the Schools Direct Programme of ARK Teacher Training. Subsequently, I was Head of House and taught English and A Level Psychology at ARK Putney Academy for four years.

I am a devoted reader and am enthusiastic about encouraging my students to foster that same love. I aim to do this through an interesting and exciting learning experience that involves debate, discussion and direct links to different media outlets.

Outside of teaching, I am a keen swimmer, enjoy sailing and love to go on long walks in the countryside. Watching film and theatre productions are common pastimes of mine, as is doing mindful yoga.  

Maths Department

Michael Fuller

I joined Kew House as Teacher of Mathematics in April 2017.I studied as an undergraduate at Loughborough University, before completing a PGCE in Mathematics at Nottingham Trent University. I am currently in my seventh year of teaching.I am extremely excited about joining a dynamic community of learning at Kew House School. My passion for Maths and Sport give me the opportunity to offer students my time and enthusiasm both inside and outside the classroom.

Peter Goodall

Peter Goodall

Hi, my name is Pete Goodall, teacher of Mathematics. I have studied at the University of Newcastle to gain my BSc in Surveying Science before working in the oil industry for three years in Aberdeen as a Hydrographic Surveyor. At Leicester University I completed my MSc in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), I then joined Autodesk for six years specialising in the delivery of GIS systems to the major utilities.In 2004 I gained my PGCE in Mathematics from St Mary’s College. I have taught at Heathland School in Hounslow for 10 years (a top 100 non-selective state-funded school).

Paul Ekudo

My name is Paul Ekudo, teacher of Mathematics, currently in my sixth year of teaching. I hold a PGCE and Masters in Education for Pedagogy and Professional Values in Practice from St Mary’s University and a BSc Degree in Business Economics.I’m looking forward to contributing to an enriching mathematics curriculum at Kew House. By introducing additional competitions and activities, I hope to raise the profile and students’ enjoyment of the subject. I want to inspire new mathematicians to explore different or better ways of doing things as they set about problem solving.

Sarah Halsall

I joined KHS in September 2017 as teacher of Mathematics. I completed my Maths with Teaching joint honours degree at the University pf Strathclyde, Glasgow. I then went on to teach in a Glasgow City state school before completing my probationary year in Pitlochry where I was involved in the implementation of A Curriculum for Excellence. Since then, I have enjoyed working in a London Academy where I was responsible for Numeracy, KS3 as well as supporting the Head of Mathematics.

Akram Choudhury

I joined Kew House as teacher of Maths in September 2017. I am currently in my fourth year of teaching. Prior to joining Kew House School, I taught Maths at Pimlico Academy and tutored a form group. I graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Economics and later trained to be a secondary school Maths teacher via the Teach First leadership programme.
I love learning, travelling, reading informative books and watching TED talks. My hobbies are competitive football, training in the gym, bouldering and mixed martial arts.
 

Soraya Aslam

I have over 20 years of experience up to Head of Department level and have experience as an EdExcel examiner. I have been a teacher trainer and a coordinator for gifted and talented students. This last area is one that I have a particular passion for; I believe that every student has individual educational needs and that an excellent school should offer extended support for its most able, as well as provide help for students who find aspects of the curriculum especially challenging.

I am very much looking forwards to contributing to the future success of students at Kew House, particularly at GCSE and Advanced level; I bring enthusiasm, and a passion for my subject and for supporting students as they grow, develop and become the global citizens of tomorrow.

 

Julian Hind 

I have been teaching mathematics since 1975, firstly at Archbishop Tenison's Grammar School and then, until retiring in 2010, at Eltham College. In both schools I was responsible for teaching further mathematics in the sixth form as well as mathematics throughout the lower school. Throughout my career I have tried to make the subject accessible and enjoyable to pupils across all ability ranges. I have a strong belief that, if students are relaxed and comfortable in class, they find learning a lot easier and that is what I have always tried to achieve.

In my younger days I played a lot of football and cricket. I replaced them with chess and golf for a while before deciding life is too short for either. These days I get my exercise walking my dogs over the South Downs.

 

Morwenna Treleven

I undertook an Art Foundation Degree at The London College of Fashion, followed by a Degree in Fashion at Kingston University. I had always wanted to teach so followed my degree with a PGCE in Mathematics and I am currently completing my Masters in Education.  

I have taught Maths for the last four years and I very much appreciate the importance of both artistic and academic achievement whilst at school and hope that my passion for both will encourage students to enjoy all aspects of school life. In recent years I have mentored PGCE students, training and supporting Maths teachers of the future.

I am very much looking forward to joining Kew House and being a part of the school community.

 

 

Dan Druce

I completed my undergraduate degree at Bournemouth University followed by a PGCE in Mathematics from the University of Oxford. I enjoy helping students solve complex problems, especially ones that initially seem difficult or inaccessible. Alongside being a passionate Maths teacher, I've taught Computing and PE.

Sport is a large part of my life; I am a fully qualified Senior Windsurfing and Sailing Instructor, coaching sailing to a high level. I am also a keen runner. I am a lover of adventure, partaking frequently in fun challenges, from the Three Peaks Challenge to cycle trips to Paris on fixed gear bicycles. 

Science Department

Marcus King

I am the new Head of Science at KHS. I have been teaching Physics for six years, the last four of which I've been at St Benedict's School in Ealing. I completed my undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge University before obtaining a PGCE from University of Oxford. I also have a Masters in Education Research Methods from University College London for which I studies the effect of scholarships on high ability students. I'm looking forward to taking the Physics department into the next stage of its growth and continuing to make Physics a subject that students at Kew House love.

I love traveling and recently took a year out to travel around Asia, South America and even visited Antartica! When I'm not in the classroom I play rugby, cycle and enjoy playing chess.

Sarah Huggins

I am Dr Sarah Huggins, Head of Chemistry. Previously, I taught at Coopers School, where I have been the academically able coordinator for STEM subjects. I completed my undergraduate masters in chemistry at Exeter University, followed by my PhD in organic chemistry at Bristol University before doing a PGCE at the Institute of Education.

I am excited to be part of the Kew House team, I look forward to developing the students’ enthusiasm, inquisitive nature and practical skills in science.

 

Chantale Shum

I joined KHS as teacher of Biology in September 2017. My undergraduate degree is from the University of Leicester where I specialised in Genetics. I then went on to complete my PGCE at the Institute of Education.

Outside of school life, I enjoy playing netball and basketball. I am also a keen traveller, especially if it is to a country I have not visited before.

Megan Estorninho

My name is Megan Estorninho and I joined Kew House in September 2017 as teacher of Biology. I completed an undergraduate degree in Melbourne before completing a Masters inn biomedical sciences and a PhD in molecular microbiology in England. I began my career in scientific research investigating Tuberculosis and Type 1 diabetes.

I enjoyed the opportunities of travelling abroad with my research before a career change into teaching. I completed a School Direct Training program at Coloma Girls' Covent  School before moving to teach at the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School and then Ursuline High School Wimbledon.
Outside of the classroom, I enjoy running and distance training.

 

Marina Gordon

I completed my undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy at King’s College London and I have been teaching for ten years, the last two of which I have been living in Dubai teaching in an International school. I have been a Head of Year for four years and have had various departmental posts of responsibility.

Outside of school, I have a passion for netball and enjoy both playing and watching the sport. I also enjoy travelling and take every opportunity to explore somewhere new.

I am really looking forward to joining the KHS family and meeting you all in the near future.

 

 

Dhawal Joshi

I have been a Teacher of Physics and Mathematics for the last ten years of my career and here at KHS, and am also a STEM representative. I have done an M.Sci in Physics and a PGCE in Physics with Mathematics which has not only made me a robust learner, but has also evolved me into an inspirational educator of Physics. 

 I am passionate about traveling and try to do so as much as possible. I am very much looking forward to joining the Kew House family.

 

 

 

Simon Whitehead

I am a teacher of science with a biology specialism.  I gained my degree in Geology and Biology from the University of Birmingham and a PGCE from Worcester University.

I have come from Bradfield College in Berkshire where I was a teacher of Biology and Lead teacher in Environmental systems and societies on the International Baccalaureate program for six years.  I began my career in industry as a forensic foreign body analyst for a food research company.

Outside of school life, I train in and practice Wing Chun kung Fu, watch rugby and go to the cinema as well as travelling around the world to new countries that I have not visited. 

I am looking forward to working with the students at Kew House and see them flourish in their academic and pastoral careers.

Karolina Christopher

I have previously been the Head of Psychology in two different schools, both in inner London, as well as Subject Leader for KS3 Philosophy. I am also a qualified psychotherapist; having obtained an MA and an Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy & Counselling from Regent' University London, as well as an Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic Arts from the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE).

My interests are varied and include literature, music, dance, nature and animals. I also love baking!

SEN (Special Educational Needs) Department

Bethan Farrell 

Hello, my name is Bethan Farrell and I’m the SENCo here at Kew House. Having completed my MSc in child and adolescent mental health at UCL, I am now working towards the National SENCo qualification at Roehampton University. I have kept alive my special interest in dyscalculia by attending a number of specialist talks and I will be attending the Dyslexia conference. Implementing touch typing and Cogmed has meant that children who find learning difficult are able to benefit from new initiatives with my support.

My background as a primary teacher (in Cambridge and Peckham) meant that I have been able to help those children who need an extra boost with their learning in a creative way. At Kew House, I continue my love of volleyball by coaching the volleyball team.

   

Ben Farthing

Hello, my name is Ben Farthing, teacher of SEN. I possess a sports degree from York St John University and a PGCE in PE and SEN (mathematics), from University Campus Suffolk. I have previously run a Prince’s XL Course for students who struggle in mainstream school and/or lack basic social skills. I specialise in teaching maths to students in need of extra support. I do this in a safe learning environment where lessons are creative and carefully differentiated in order to enable all students to be challenged at their own pace.

I'm a keen golfer, having represented my university and county in recent years, and currently play of a handicap of scratch. I cannot wait to have an involvement in the school’s buoyant extra-curricular program.

 

Polly Kemp-King

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Psychology as my undergraduate degree at the University of Bristol. Following this I went on to study for an MSc in Organisational Psychology at the University of Manchester. Simultaneously I worked part-time as a student support worker, which spurred my interest in working to support those with additional educational needs. I then worked for a very rewarding year as a learning mentor at an academy in Feltham and consequently completed my PGCE in Social Science at the Institute of Education, UCL.

After two years teaching at a successful grammar school in Kent, I have now returned to my hometown of Brentford to start this new direction in my career. I am very excited to combine my knowledge of psychology with a passion for supporting students with SEN in this fantastic role.  

 

 

Susan Nairn

I am delighted to be a member of the S.E.N. team at Kew House, as a Learning Support Assistant. I have 24 years experience as a primary teacher, in schools in the state and independent sector and also in a specialist provision for children on the autistic spectrum. I passionately believe that every child be given the opportunity to reach their potential and also be able to celebrate what they do best.

Music Department

Jemima Edwards

I am Director of Music at Kew House School. It is an incredibly exciting responsibility, giving me the opportunity to teach, inspire and nuture the next generation of aspiring musicians.

I am a professional Mezzo-Soprano and sing in several churches across London, as well as play the flute, bassoon, recorder and piano. I graduated from King's College London, with a BMus in Music. After working for a few years in the city, I changed career, qualified as a teacher and worked at Dulwich College where I have been Head of Middle School Music and Head of Sailing for the past seven years. In addition, I am a keen sailor, a qualified RYA dinghy instructor, RYA Coastal Skipper, love to ski, travel, cook and entertain.

   

Catherine Bowden

Hello, my name is Catherine Bowden and I am a teacher of Music at Kew House School. I studied music at Trinity College, Oxford, as the organ scholar and have a particular interest in sacred choral music. I am passionate about linking classical music with popular music, demonstrating the similarities in the music and inspiring students. In lessons, students study a range of styles from medieval music to club dance and have the opportunity to use the latest software for composition.

The music department at Kew House is always busy, with concerts every half term as well as a yearly production. There is something for everyone!

As well as music, I have a passion for sailing, having grown up on a boat yard, and I am a qualified RYA dinghy instructor. I enjoy teaching sailing to both children and adults and this presents a different challenge (in a very different environment) to classroom teaching.

Art Department

Fiona Campus 

I bring a specialism of Print and Sculpture to the Art Department at Kew House.  I have a BA Hons in Graphic Design from the London College of Printing and have studied Textiles at Central St Martins, Painting at The Slade and Ceramics at Morley College. I completed my PGCE at St Luke’s College Exeter University which transformed my understanding of Art History. I have taught Art in Somerset and Canterbury schools and headed up a successful Foundation course at Kendal College in Cumbria.

I was a practising artist before becoming a teacher, exhibiting sculpture in England and the Netherlands and also designed bespoke chocolates for corporate and retail clients.

I believe DT and Art have a symbiotic relationship which feeds creativity and original work and that students should enjoy being taught a wide range of skills aspiring to a professional standard.

I love Gardening and travelling and am a keen windsurfer.

 

Jo Skinner

I have taught art to a diverse range of children during my career as an Art Teacher so far. I studied at Sheffield Hallam University and more recently at Goldsmith’s College (University of London), where I gained an Masters  in Artist Teacher and Contemporary Practices.

In my free time I enjoy painting, drawing, illustration, ceramics and mixed media, along with visiting galleries and museums for inspiration. I especially love encouraging my students to take creative risks with their art projects and creating work that has a personal meaning to them.

 

Design Technology Department

Samantha hunt

Samantha Hunt

My name is Samantha Hunt and I am Design and Technology teacher at KHS. I studied Architecture at the University of Sheffield before completing my PGCE at the University of Exeter. I grew up in Wales and moved to London to pursue my career in teaching.

I have a passion for travelling and learning new languages and have spent time travelling in Europe and Central America learning and practising Spanish and French. I have spent time volunteering in Costa Rica, where I helped renovate a school and teach English.

In my spare time, I enjoy a range of hobbies and interests including skiing, ceramics and jewellery design.

Samuel Allen 

I joined Kew House in September 2017 as teacher of Design Technology and STEM leader. Over the past seven years I have taught D&T in a number of schools across London and the South East.
I am particularly enthusiastic about my role as STEM coordinator as I feel it will give me an opporunity to inspire the next generation of designers through a range of different curriculum areas.

My other passions include photography and motorsport.

Computing Department

Umar Qureshi

My name is Umar Qureshi and I am the curriculum lead for Computer Science at Kew House School. I completed my Computer Science degree at Kingston University, which I followed with a PGCE at the University of Westminster. During my PGCE course, I researched and successfully implemented contemporary learning pedagogies such as flipped and blended learning.

My role at the school involves teaching digital literacy, information technology and computer science. I am also involved in developing and implementing ICT strategy and new technologies such as cloud computing, eLearning and virtualisation. More recently, I have been providing marketing strategies and analysing the schools traffic using advanced-based analytical tools such as Google analytics. I plan to offer my skills to further the abilities of today’s students whilst building leaders for our future.

Martyn Roye

Martyn Roye

My name is Martyn Roye, teacher of Computing at Kew House School. I completed my degree in Media Technology at the University of West London, before completing my graduate teacher training at Kingston University. I have taught at Feltham Community College for 10 years, with the last two spent as head of the ICT department.

I believe in inspiring and motivating students, through trust and collaboration, to be the best version of themselves that they can be. I am looking forward to the new and exciting challenges at Kew House and can’t wait to share my love and passion for my subject in the classroom.

PE and Games Department

Marc Sweeney

Hello, my name is Marc Sweeney and I have been teaching at Kew House School since it opened in September 2013. I am now Head of PE. Alongside teaching PE and games, I have had the pleasure of developing and managing a thriving sports department that is going from strength to strength. It is fair to say that the school has already made a significant impact on the sporting scene in London, achieving regional and national success across a number of sporting disciplines. I am very passionate about creating a dynamic and inclusive sport and PE department at Kew House, whereby each and every child is valued and given a positive learning experience.

After studying for a Sport Science degree at Swansea University, I completed my PGCE at Plymouth University. Alongside my teaching career in the South West, I played rugby semi-professionally, accumulating over 150 National League games including two England County Caps. I moved to London to complete an MSc in Sports Physiology whilst finishing my rugby career with Rosslyn Park RFC. Prior to my current post at KHS, I was the Head of Cricket at Latymer Upper School.

Philippa Blandford

Pippa Blandford

My name is Pippa Blandford, teacher of PE. I am a graduate of the University of Birmingham where I studied Sport and Exercise Science.

Previously, I was a Sports Assistant at Bryanston School and went on to complete my PGCE in Secondary PE at Worcester University. For the past year and a half, I have been teaching PE and Games at Hereford Cathedral School, an independent day school.

I have a particular interest in teaching academic PE, hockey and running. I have played club and county hockey and I have completed three half marathons. I am excited about joining Kew House School and helping the PE department to develop as the school continues to grow.

Robin Trott

Robin Trott

My name is Robin Trott. Prior to joining Kew House School in September 2015, I taught PE at Heathfield Community School, Taunton, Somerset, where I specialised in rugby, football and golf.I am poised for this new challenge at Kew House; I thoroughly enjoy all aspects of sport and cannot wait to embark on my career and develop students both in the classroom and on the sports field.

I am a keen sports competitor and have played senior rugby for over 10 years. Furthermore, I have captained my county at golf in the under 18s and achieved a handicap of 1.

Ollie Marriott

I am a teacher of Games and PE and joined Kew House in September 2017. I am a graduate of Exeter University where I studied BSc in Exercise and Sport Science and MSc in Sports Medicine. Prior to Kew House, I worked at Shrewsbury House School in Surbiton and Wellingborough School. I completed my teacher training whilst working at the latter and studying at the University of Buckingham.

Outside of school, I love playing a range of sports both competitively and recreationally. I  play rugby for Esher RFC competing in League 1. I am very much looking forward to joining the school and contributing to the ongoing sucess of the sports department.

Patrick Graham

I am the new Rowing Teacher. I am a graduate of Oxford Brookes University and I have Joined the Kew House School team as a PE Teacher and to head up the Kew House School Boat Club. Prior to this I worked at Shrewsbury School as a Graduate Sports Coach, coaching rowing, teaching PE and completing my PGCE through Buckingham University. At Oxford Brookes University, I studied Sport, Coaching and Physical Education as well as rowing for the University and competing at Henley Royal Regatta.

As an athlete, I achieved success at a National Level as a junior, representing Molesey Boat Club and representing Oxford Brookes University as a student. Before arriving at Kew House, I previously coached rowing at St Edward's School, New College Oxford and Shrewsbury School. Rowing is a great passion of mine and I look forward to seeing Kew House School Boat Club grow and achieve success in the future. 

 

Michael Kinsella

My name is, Michael Kinsella. I am a trainee PE teacher at Kew House School, currently training through The University of Buckingham. I am a graduate in Physical and Sport Education through St Mary’s University. Prior to this year I have been working at Kew House as a Sports Assistant. I am passionate about all sports with the interest to help all students develop within this subject.

I am a keen Footballer, I have 250 semi-professional appearances. One of my highlights is scoring twice in the FA Cup. In addition to this, I have played for and captained Middlesex under 16s, 18s, 23s and the Middlesex senior representative team.  

Ellie Doyle

I joined Kew House School in September 2017 as Sports Assistant. I am a graduate of St. Mary's University where I studied Physical and Sport Education. During my studies, I have worked in various primary schools in the Ealing area - from a qualified playworker to a learning support assistant - and I have thoroughly enjoyed each role. 

Sport has always been a huge factor in my academic and everyday life, enabling me to get involved in some excellent sports events. I have represented South East England Region in Rugby and have also represented Middlesex in Netball and Ealing Borough in Athletics. Joining Kew House School will provide me with a great opportunity to expand my knowledge and practice within the teaching sector, working alongside some excellent PE teachers; I hope to start my teacher training next year in Secondary PE. 

 

Becky Berger-North

I am extremely excited to be joining Kew House School. I am a graduate of Loughborough University where I studied Sport and Exercise Science. Following university, I spent a year gaining experience as a Graduate Sports Assistant at Denstone College before completing my PGCE in Secondary PE at the University of Nottingham.

I love all things sport and have always enjoyed training and competing. I have represented Berkshire in Athletics, Netball and Hockey, as well as representing the South of England in Athletics. My proudest achievement to date is winning the British Road Mile Championships. 

I can't wait to join Kew House and I hope to make a positive contribution to the development of PE and Games within the school. 

Languages Department

Perrine Vessayre

Perrine Vessayre

My name is Perrine Vessayre. I am Head of Modern Foreign Languages. Previously, I had been second in charge of MFL at Gunnersbury Catholic School for Boys in Brentford. Having lived in France until my graduation from university, I am a French native speaker. On completing my degree, I moved to England to carry out my teacher training and I have been working here now for 10 years.

At Kew House, I am enjoying working with a team of excellent language teachers and sharing my passion for foreign languages with the students.

I enjoy travelling to new countries and finding out about foreign cultures and foreign cuisine. I also enjoy going to the cinema or the theatre and going for walks by the river.

Ellie Marden

My name is Ellie Marden and I joined Kew House School in 2013 to teach Spanish and French. I studied French and Fine Art at the University of Exeter and, since completing my PGCE at Goldsmith’s College, London, have taught in a variety of London schools. Before taking a short break to raise my family I taught Spanish and French at The John Lyon School in Harrow.

I am a keen sportswoman and practise swimming and Pilates in my spare time. Music is another passion of mine: I sing in The Questor’s Choir in Ealing and sing and play the guitar in a folk club as well as using music in the languages classroom. Over the last few years I have immensely enjoyed building the department’s online curriculum on Frog. I have organised two exciting residential trips to Spain, as well as running a weekly French club.

Sarah King

My name is Sarah King and I am delighted to be a teacher of French and German at Kew House School. I obtained my degree from Leeds University and completed a combined PGCE/Master FLE at Nottingham University and Universite Nancy II. During my career, I have worked in three secondary schools, a primary school and as a Link Tutor on the MFL PGCE course at St Mary's University.

In the classroom, I aim to foster an enjoyment and appreciation of language learning and to develop an awareness of the opportunities which speaking another language can offer. I am keen to be involved in extra-curricular activities and visits abroad.

Maria Pena Jimenez

I am joining Kew House School to teach Spanish and French. After studying Law in Spain. I came to England to experience another culture and work with children. I completed my PCGE at St Mary's University and was lucky enough to do a placement at Kew House School. 

I am delighted to be joining Kew House School at such an exciting time in the school's development and I am very much looking forward to sharing my culture and passion for foreign lanuages with the students.

Outside of school i enjoy sport, reading, music and outdoor activities. 

 

Lauren Mitchell

I am delighted to be joining the MFL team at Kew House School. I have a BA in French and Spanish from the University of Bristol, where I also completed my PGCE. Since qualifying in 2007, I have worked in three secondary schools and as Lead Producer for Channel 4 Learning Clipbank, a video-rich digital learning service.

I am a passionate linguist with a keen interest in using ICT to enhance learning. My aim is to bring the culture of the target-language countries to life for all students, from Year 7 to A Level. I believe the deepest learning happens outside of our comfort zone; therefore, I encourage students to be creative and bold in their language lessons. I try to foster an ethos in which students relish a challenge and are not deterred by a fear of making mistakes (which can in fact be seen as intriguing learning opportunities!)

 

 Mayrin Hernandez

I studied Modern Foreign Languages and translation in Caracas, Venezuela. I came to the UK 9 years ago as part of an exchange programme with the British Council and after a couple of years I decided to train as a teacher at Liverpool’s John Moores University, where I obtained my PGCE.

I am thrilled to be joining Kew House School at such an exciting time of growth and development.

I have a lot of enthusiasm, creativity, passion, drive and commitment to give to the school community and the students. My interest in languages is continually growing.

In my spare time I enjoy travelling and have done so extensively around Europe, Asia, North and Latin America. I constantly use these experiences to inspire students and make them aware of the importance of learning a Foreign Language and its cultural value.  

 

 

Vera Messarius

I am a German native with a 23-years successful foreign language teaching career in several countries.I studied English, French and Spanish at prestigious universities in Germany, the UK, France and Spain, hold a CELTA (Cambridge University ESOL/QCF Level 5 Certificate) and a PTTLS (QCF Level 4 Teaching Award in the Lifelong Learning Sector, also from University of Cambridge).Before joining Kew House I was Head of MFL and EFL for 5 years at Ealing Independent Sixth Form College, teaching A-level German and Spanish, as well as French up to GCSE and EFL/EAL.

I am trained, qualified and certified in the so-called ‘Suggestopedia Teaching Method’, also known as ‘Superlearning’ or ‘Accelerated Learning’ and use parts of this innovative approach to deliver effective, diversified and fun-based language lessons.Languages are my big love, my passion and my pastime, I can speak 6 languages fluently (I am currently learning language No 7) and am so grateful to be able to combine job and hobby in the most joyful, meaningful and engaging way.

I am also interested in Musicals, Theatre, Concerts and Cinema and would love to take our students to the West End for a show or to the BFI Southbank to watch foreign language films.

 

Victoria McVicar

I obtained my degree in Classics from Exeter University and my Master’s degree in Classics from Edinburgh. I have worked as a postgraduate tutor for Latin at University College London then taught Latin and History at St John's Senior School in Enfield.

I am looking forward to developing an engaging and dynamic approach to Latin at Kew House. I have previously run trips to see Shakespeare's Globe and to see Medea at the UCL Classics play and hope to bring to life the classical world for the students in a similar way.

In my spare time I enjoy traveling, going to the theatre, current affairs and the great outdoors. I am also a RYA qualified instructor and taught sailing in Greece and Italy during my time at university.

 

Humanities Department

Martyn Hale

My name is Martyn Hale and I have joined Kew House as Head of Humanities. After eight years of teaching at a top performing comprehensive school, I know what it takes to create an enriching and vibrant department. I will use my experience at Thomas Telford School and as an Education Officer for a national charity to ensure that historical and geographical awareness is an essential part of the education of all the students at Kew House.

Since joining the school I have set up field trips to the Lake District and to the battlefields of the First World War. The department has a programme of speakers on a variety of topics and each November we hold a service of Remembrance. As the department grows, so too will the opportunities to develop other events and activities for the students. It is an exciting time for the Humanities department.

Emma Oldham

My name is Emma Oldham and I teach Humanities and English at Kew House School. I studied History with English Literature at the University of Chester, with the ambition to become a secondary school teacher. After training for my PGCE at the University of York, I have worked at schools in both York and Harrogate. I am passionate about teaching and am excited to be working at Kew House School with students, helping to support them as they meet their potential.

In my spare time I love to visit galleries and museums as well as attending performances at the theatre, I am looking forward to taking many opportunities to do this while living in London.

 

Daniel Crampsie

My name is Daniel Crampsie and I am a teacher of History. After leaving school I went on to studyat the University of Nottingham before completing my PGCE in History at the University of Southampton. 

I have been working at a state school in SW London for the past 3 years. Before joining, the school was in special measures, however with hard work and determination I am now proud to share it is placed 3rd in the country for the progress of students.

I enjoy the extra-curricular aspect of school life and in my current role I oversee all clubs and society's that run at the at the school. I take a particular interest in sports teams as I am a keen football player and hope to become heavily involved in both the academic and sporting clubs at Kew House School. 

Alex McCafferty 

My name is Alex McCafferty and I am a geography teacher at Kew House School.  I have been teaching in London since 2014 after completing my studies at the University of Nottingham and Institute of Education.  I am passioante about geography and like to engage students in a variety of ways inside and outside the classroom.

I am also heavily involved in sports education and have been coaching rugby at youth level since 2012, first at Bromley RFC and also with my previoius school.  I look forward to continuing coaching at KHS.

Joanna Lawrence

I am Joanna Lawrence and a Teacher of Geography. I completed my BSc in Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol, before working in finance events research. After training for my PGCE at St Mary's University, I worked at Gunnersbury Catholic School.

I look forward to contributing to the dynamic, exciting subject of geography at Kew House School. I am passionate about research and fieldwork and was fortunate to spend a year voluteering at Kew Gardens Herbarium. I have an interest in global travel and outdoor activities and look forward to being involved in school excursions. 

 

James Cook

I studied History at the University of Roehampton where I graduated with a First-Class Honours Degree before going on to study my PGCE at the University of East Anglia. I am also currently studying for a Masters Degree in Educational Practice and Research with Modern British History.

 

I am very much looking forward to the challenges and opportunities of educating young people, as to me, the most enjoyable aspect of teaching is building relationships and establishing a sense of mutual respect.

 

This extends beyond the classroom to extra-curricular activities within the school. I am a keen rugby and cricket player and I hope to become involved in these sports to the benefit of the pupils.

 

Amy Coogan

After completing my undergraduate degree in Geography and Economics at University College Dublin, I went on to complete a Masters of Education at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Since graduating I have worked at South Hampstead High school, an all-girls Independent school. My passions do not just lie in the classroom, I have coached hockey for several years, at various levels, holding a Level 1 coaching qualification.

I am passionate about teaching, incorporating experiential learning into as many lessons as I can, to ensure students enjoy my lessons and achieve their full potential. I am very excited to be joining Kew House School and being part of the Humanities department.

James Lowe

Teacher of Geography. See details under Deputy Head section.

Liz Atwell

Teacher of Geography. See details under Deputy Head section. 

Politics & Economics

Caroline Wilkes

Caroline Wilkes 

Hello, my name is Caroline Wilkes. I'm delighted to be teaching government and politics and history at Kew House. Before becoming a teacher, I worked in exhibition design and event management. I have ten years of teaching experience, previously at South Hampstead High and Putney High School. I hold an MA in History from Cambridge University, a PGCE and an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. It's a very interesting time to be teaching Politics and I'm looking forward to the development of the department as the school grows.

Philip Storey

Philip Storey 

My name is Philip Storey, teacher of economics. I studied at Newcastle University and Kingston University Business School before teaching geography, business studies and economics. I am excited by the prospect of introducing a new subject to Kew House as we embark on the great adventure of our first Sixth Form.

As a society we are facing many challenges including environmental change, growing inequality and economic insecurity. Economics helps to give an insight into how we might address these issues, how we make decisions about our own lives and the ways in which people and institutions in positions of power and influence affect us as individuals and as members of society. I relish the prospect of exploring these issues with our first Sixth Form students.

 

Victoria Wilsher

I am the Teacher of Business and Economics. Before joining Kew House school, I worked as an A-level teacher and Under Housemistress at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire for three years, where I thoroughly enjoyed supporting the students both academically and in their personal development. Previously to Stowe, I taught at two other schools in London and West Sussex.

After completing my BSc. in International Business with German at the University of Birmingham, I worked for a short time at a financial media company in the City of London, before pursuing my PGCE course at The University of Warwick. To further enhance my understanding of how students learn and develop, I am currently working towards an MSc in Psychology with The University of Liverpool.

Outside of teaching, I love to travel and have a passion for public speaking and amateur dramatics.

Food Technology Department

Janine Morgan

My name is Janine Morgan and I am the Food Studies teacher at Kew House School. After completing my B.Ed degree in Bath, I taught in a range of schools in London and Buckinghamshire.

I regard cooking as a life skill and have enjoyed watching the students' culinary skills develop. As well as theory work, students have participated in a wide range of practical tasks and have enjoyed the benefit of three-hour lessons. The equipment has been put to good use and a range of dishes produced by all year groups.

Students have hosted parent coffee mornings to raise money for Macmillan, Great Ormond Street and the RNLI. This year, the Year 10 GCSE class hosted a Valentine Supper, cooking for their parents and staff and turning the school café into a romantic bistro.

So far, Kew House students have enjoyed visits to the French Christmas markets, Harrods Food Hall, our local supermarket, Borough Market and Richmond Hill Bakery. I am looking forward to future trips, including fruit picking in Surrey.

Helen Earle

My name is Helen Earle and I am delighted to Kew House School as a Teacher of Food Technology. 

I studied Hospitality and Catering at Oxford Brookes University before completing my PGCE at the University of East London and teaching in a variety of London schools.

I am extremely passionate about all things related to food and cooking. I look forward to sharing this creative but important life skill with students through engaging lessons, extra-curricular clubs and visits. 

Support and Admin

Dawn Hassett

Registrar/ PA to Head

 

Diane Trebble

School Office Manager

Marium Khan

School Secretary

 

Ivana Pilarova 

School Secretary

Shalini Biral

Science Lab Technician

Ronan Murphy

Ronan Murphy

Design & Technology
Technician

Bernie O'Mara

Food Technology
Technician

Naomi Diamond

Art Technician

 

Hinda Ahmed

Payroll and HR Coordinator

Louise Doughty

Finance Officer

Bhavna Patel

Finance Assistant

Priya Bhardwa

Finance Administrator

Andrew Ritchie

Domestic Bursar

Sophie Hill

Business Development Officer

 

Hilary Sewell

HR Advisor

Salli Donovan

Data Manager

 

Lorain Keattch

School Nurse

Lucy Jones

Learning Resources Manager

Hitesh Bhojani

IT Support Manager

 

Adrian Cantor

Music/AV Technician

 

 

 

 

Deanne Keywood

Assistant Domestic Bursar

 

 

Ajmit Kaur

Finance Administrator

 

 

Site Staff and Catering Staff

Benjamin Hall

Site Manager

Luis Pedrosa Da Silva

Assistant Site Manager

Evidence Eguvwebere

Assistant Site Manager

 

Diogo Alvarez

Assistant Site Manager

Sharon Andrews

Catering Manager

Carley Morgan

School Chef

Dale Kupriene

Kitchen Assistant

 

Frank Ducheveau

Chef

 

Lena Zaini

Kitchen Assistant

Inese Kairova

Kitchen Assistant

Beatrice Nardelli

Kitchen Assistant

Henrique Fernandes

Kitchen Porter

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