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.

English and Drama Department

Jennifer Chambers

Hello, my name is Jennifer Chambers and I am Head of English. 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 a teacher of Drama and KS4 leader. 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.

Tristan Daws

Hello, my name is Tristan Daws and I am excited to join the English department at Kew House School. Previously I taught English and Drama at Parmiter's School in Hertfordshire, having studied at King's College London for a PGCE and MA in English in Education. I am particularly interested in bringing a broad range of teaching strategies to the English classroom, exploring texts creatively with active methods and new media, and fostering an engaging dialogue between students.

Before becoming a teacher, I worked in film and theatre, training as a theatre director before a rewarding career in documentary filmmaking that brought me from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to the plains of Eastern Siberia. I am also an outdoor enthusiast and love to venture into the mountains of the UK and beyond, whether it be for a trail running race or accompanying students on a Duke of Edinburgh expedition.

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.

Siobhan Milgate

My name is Siobhan Milgate and I am thrilled to be a teacher 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.

Alice Coubrough

I am delighted to be joining Kew House School as Teacher of English. Before training to become a teacher, I studied English at Exeter University, gained a Graduate Diploma in Law from the College of Law, worked in Publish Relations for three years and taught English in Milan.

Following this, I completed the School Direct Programme to become an English teacher at Holland Park School in Kensington and Chelsea. During my three years there, I gained experience in innovative and creative teaching, which I look forward to continuing to develop at KHS. I hope to foster a love of literature in my classes and look forward to helping with extracurricular activities at the school.

Maths Department

Stephen Noble

Hello, my name is Stephen Noble and I am Head of Mathematics at Kew House School. Working at Kew House since its opening has been an interesting, enjoyable experience. It has been a pleasure to teach a cohort of students who want to do well in mathematics and the progress that students have made is phenomenal.

My role has also been to carefully plan for students to be successful in the new, more challenging GCSE and the initial signs are that the students at Kew House are more than meeting the challenge. I am looking forward to further stretching our students, ensuring that they reach their full potential whilst enjoying the subject.

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).

Sahar Shillabeer

My name is Sahar Shillabeer, teacher of Mathematics. I read Mathematics at the University of Oxford before completing my Masters and PGCE. Since then, I have taught maths for nearly 10 years, including five years leading the department. I have completed a Masters at the IOE exploring students' problem-solving strategies.

I have since spent two years at Mathematics Mastery - a charity which works with schools nationally to support teachers through a combination of professional development and a full suite of curriculum materials.

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.

Science Department

Richard Lees

I am Richard Lees and I am the Head of Science and 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.

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.

Marcus King

I am the new Head of Physics 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.

Lucy White

Hello, my name is Lucy White and I have been teaching science at Kew House School since September 2014. I am now Head of Biology.

I hold a BSc in Biological Sciences from King's College London and a master’s degree in Comparative Education & Development from The University of Hong Kong.

I have enjoyed the challenge of developing a diverse and relevant science curriculum that also utilises the opportunities for exploring biology in our local area, encouraging students to think about science beyond the classroom. The students at Kew House School are enthusiastic learners and it has been a pleasure to work with them in a warm and welcoming environment.

Nicky Osmond

Nicky Osmond

I am Nicky Osmond and I am a teacher of Science. I gained my degree in Chemistry from the University of Nottingham and a PGCE from the University of Roehampton.

I began my career using my science degree in industry, working as an R&D scientist developing new products and processes at Mars Confectionery. I then joined the Management Training Scheme and became a Production Manager and finally joined the marketing team. I enjoyed numerous opportunities to travel and work across a number of European countries at Mars before a family relocation took us to Sydney for three years.

I have three teenage children and enjoy a busy family life. I enjoy playing hockey and running and cycling in Richmond Park as well as the peace of my yoga mat!

I am very much looking forward to working with the enthusiasm of the students at Kew House to challenge their thinking, explore their ideas and think about science beyond the classroom.


Cassandra Wise

I am Cassandra Wise, teacher of Physics and E-learning Science Coordinator for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

I have come from Queen's Gate School in South Kensington where I was the Physics Teacher and Examinations Officer for four years. I studied for my degree in Physics with Professional Experience at the University of Exeter and worked at the Rutherford-Appleton Laboratories' Central Laser Facility in Oxford and the Optoelectronics Research Centre in Southhampton building lasers. I then completed the Graduate Teaching Program. I am passionate about Physics and Technology and in my free time I enjoy baking decadent cakes, playing board games and looking after my two guinea pigs.


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.

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.

Emma Houghton 

Hi, my name is Emma Houghton, previously teacher of design and technology. I am now teacher of SEN. I qualified with a PGCE in secondary design and technology in 2008 and have experience in working in schools in Oxfordshire, Kent and London. After teaching design and technology for 10 years, I am particularly excited about learning a new specialism. I will be working mainly with the English department in order to support them in catering for the diverse range of learning needs we have at Kew House School. I have volunteered in an orphanage school in Cambodia teaching children to speak English and on a weekly basis, I volunteer for Lambeth adult autistic social group. I am really looking forward to making a difference to those who really struggle and exploring the passion I have always had in this area.

Lauren O'Connor

Learning Support/ Sports Assistant

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

Charlotte Stoneham

My name is Charlotte Stoneham, Head of Art. I studied at the London College of Fashion and Central St Martin’s University of Arts, before completing my PGCE in Art & Design at the Institute of Education.

It has been a delight to set up the art department at Kew House School. The students create consistently high-quality work, ranging from portraits, observational drawings and paintings, to ceramics and textiles and I am looking forward to seeing all that will be created in the coming year. There have been many successful art trips in the London area we are fortunate to have artists visiting the school. Students have also enjoyed two cross-curricular trips to Barcelona and Valencia, which were organised in collaboration with the languages department.

Art Club remains popular and the students enjoy experimenting with a variety of different processes within art, textiles and ceramics including illustration and design.

Juliette Losq

Juliette Losq

My name is Juliette Losq and I will be supporting Miss Stoneham in the growing Art Department. I studied History of Art at Newnham College, Cambridge and the Courtauld Institute, before studying Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Art and the Royal Academy Schools. I have been teaching on a part-time basis at an Independent School in Ascot for the past three years, where I gained my QTS from the University of Reading.

I am a practising artist, and when I am not teaching I am in my studio in Hampton painting. I am represented in London by Waterhouse and Dodd. I have also exhibited internationally, and will have shows this year in both Geneva and New York.

Fiona Campus

Acting Head of Art

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.

Jessica Chisholm

My name is Jessica Chisholm. I am a graduate of the University of Exeter and was appointed Teacher of Physical Education and Games with specific responsibility for Girls’ Games at Kew House School in September 2014. Prior to this I taught at an independent boarding school in Bath before moving to West London three years ago to teach at a local independent school.

As a performer, I have represented the county in netball and have played hockey for the university (BUCS) team. My experience includes coaching U16s to the national hockey play-offs and reaching the final stages of National Schools netball competition. I have a particular interest in academic physical education and dance and have thoroughly enjoyed introducing both subjects to the students this year.

I have enjoyed helping to establish the PE and Games department here at Kew House and am looking forward to building upon our successes over the coming years.

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. 

Modern Foreign Language 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.

Miriam Pearson

My name is Miriam Pearson and I have a BA in German and Italian from University College Dublin. Early in my career, I worked in editing and public affairs in Luxembourg, Brussels and London. After completing a PGCE at Roehampton University in 2005, I taught German and French for two years at Epsom and Ewell High School in Surrey. Prior to joining Kew House, I taught English and French at the German Swiss International School in Ghana.

I am enjoying being part of the team establishing a rich languages programme at Kew House. On the German side, I recently arranged a trip to the Black Forest; I am also thinking of trips to Berlin and Munich, as well as of an exchange programme with a German school. I also contribute to the Individuals in Society course and am involved in the after-school enrichment programme, offering Italian and a debating club.

Elizabeth Nash

My name is Elizabeth Nash and I joined Kew House School to teach Spanish and French. I gained my languages degree from Durham University and completed my teaching qualification at Cambridge University. Before joining Kew House, I worked for seven years at Francis Holland School, teaching modern languages.

At Kew House, I aim to foster a love of language learning in the children I teach and to develop and nurture each individual in the classroom. I am a keen exponent of linking culture and language learning through the use of music, poetry, drama, dance, cooking and performance. I run the after school Spanish Club and help out with the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. In my free time I sing in a chamber choir and enjoy jogging and swimming.

Alex Smith

Alex Smith

My name is Alex Smith and I teach Latin at Kew House School. Latin is a language which I gained a passion for during my school years. My background is in modern languages, with a first class degree in French with African and Asian Cultural Studies from the University of Sussex and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Interpreting and Translation from the University of Bath.

In addition to my 12 years’ experience as a language teacher and teacher trainer, I have also worked as a translator and interpreter in a variety of different contexts. I have also been fortunate enough to travel widely throughout the world and have lived, studied and worked in France, Martinique, Venezuela and Chile.

In my free time, I enjoy walking, cycling, yoga and playing racquet sports.

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. 

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 Winson

I am Joanna Winson 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 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.

Psychology Department

Chloe Dyson

Teacher of Psychology

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

Rachel O'Shea

School Secretary

Shalini Biral

Science Lab Technician

Ronan Murphy

Ronan Murphy

Design & Technology

Bernie O'Mara

Food Technology

Naomi Diamond

Art Technician

Gill Young


Louise Doughty

Finance Officer

Bhavna Patel

Finance Assistant

Farhana Begum

Finance Assistant 

Andrew Ritchie

Domestic Bursar

Sophie Hill

Business Development Officer


Hilary Sewell

HR Advisor

Salli Donovan

Data Manager

Anne King

School Nurse

Lucy Jones

Learning Resources Manager

Hitesh Bhojani

IT Support Manager

Claire Murphy

Acting Learning Resources Manager

Lily Penfold

Independent Learning Centre Manager





Site Staff and Catering Staff

Benjamin Hall

Site Manager

Luis Pedrosa Da Silva

Assistant Site Manager

Evidence Eguvwebere

Assistant Site Manager


Sharon Andrews

Catering Manager

Carley Morgan

School Chef

Dale Kupriene

Kitchen Assistant

Anita Dawson

Kitchen Assistant

Eloise James

Kitchen Assistant

Inese Kairova

Kitchen Assistant

Beatrice Nardelli

Kitchen Assistant

Henrique Fernandes

Kitchen Porter