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Governing Body and Senior Management Team

The Board of Trustees/Governors are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of Kings House School, developing the School’s aims, objectives and goals in accordance with the governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines. 

The Senior Management Team works closely with the staff and governors to ensure the holistic and academic development of each pupil whilst at King’s House.

“The wide range of expertise of governance provides excellent levels of support and challenge to aid the School’s future growth and improvement.”

ISI Report 2016

Senior Management Team

Mr Mark Turner

Head

Mark attended Haberdasher’s Boys’ School in Elstree before studying Modern Languages (French and Spanish) at Bristol University. He then spent six years in the army before moving to his first school role, teaching languages at Merchant Taylors’ in Northwood.  From there, he moved to Durston House as Academic Deputy Head for nine years. Mark joined King’s House in September 2011 and is proud of all the achievements of the school over his time as Head. He is an active member of IAPS, currently Chairing the London 1S group and serving on the IAPS central council. He is also a Governor at Crosfields School in Reading.

Mr Martin Shore

Deputy Head

As Deputy Head, Martin oversees the academic and administrative side of the school and is based in the Senior Department. He is heavily involved in the Senior School application process, working closely with families to ensure the pupils move onto the right school for them. He has been at King’s House for 15 years, previously working as Head of Latin and Assistant Head before his current role as Deputy Head. Martin is a keen runner and also helps with the cross-country club.

Mr Simon Gower

Head of Junior Department

Simon leads the Junior Department, for children from Reception to Year 3 (ages 4 to 8). Having completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship as Deputy Head of a local prep school, Simon joined King’s House in 2012. He works closely with pupils, parents and staff to ensure the best academic and personal outcomes for pupils in the JD. He has recently completed a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Management and is also a Governor at a school for children with severe learning difficulties. He is a keen musician who loves to get involved with the school choirs and musical groups, including the Year 4 BBKs.

Mr Alex Churcher

Head of Pastoral Care

Alex oversees the pastoral and welfare side of King’s House, which includes both the House and Form system. Alex has been at KHS for 10 years, working as a Year 4 Form Teacher, Assistant Head and now Head of Pastoral Care. He is a keen sportsman, helping with the cross-country club and teaching Games in the Senior Department, alongside teaching Maths to Years 6 and 7.

Mrs Jane O’Brien

Head of Nursery

Jane has been at King’s House since 2001, and has a background in schools, nurseries and SEN. She holds a BA (Hons) QTS and Postgraduate Diploma in Froebel Education. She is passionate about the benefits of a good early years education impacting on children’s future success, and is always looking to learn more. Jane set up the Nursery in 2009, which has grown immensely under her leadership. She leads the school’s link with Rwanda, visiting on eight occasions and supporting the teachers there who work with children with SEND as well as supporting the teaching training programmes. She is a Trustee of Rwanda Action and is passionate about the work the charity does, and hopes to be visiting again soon! 

Mr John Loveland

Bursar

John is responsible for all the non-academic aspects of school life, including Finance, Estates & Facilities, HR, Compliance, IT, Marketing, and the school Sports Ground in Chiswick. A qualified accountant, John started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers before joining Reuters (now part of the London Stock Exchange Group) undertaking leadership roles in finance and technology. He joined King’s House in March 2019 and is overseeing, amongst other initiatives, the redevelopment of the Senior Department and facilities expansion at the Sports Ground. John has a BA in Economic and Political Development from the University of Exeter.

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The school has a strong Governing Body. They benefit from presentations from teachers on particular curriculum areas. The sub-committees give the Governors a good understanding of the school. Governors are visible in the school; a staff engagement session where Governors and teachers met for an hour to discuss successes and challenges ahead was very much appreciated by teaching staff.

IQM Report 2023

Current Governors

NameRoleProfession
Dr Richard WardChair of GovernorsCompany Director
Jenny GeorgeVice ChairHR Consultant
Michael CunninghamCorporate Finance
Julian DavisonPrivate Equity
Fiona DrinkallRetired Teacher
Adrian EdwardsManagement Consultant
Richard GaleCompany Director
Dr Sarah HendryDeputy Head, Hampton
Victoria Machado
James OwenRetired Chartered Surveyor/Fund Manager
Lisa PeacockFamily Law Barrister
Chris PollittHouse Master, Harrow School
Peter ScottProject Manager
Dr Sumi SooriDoctor

Contact details for the Chair

Mr Richard Ward
c/o King’s House School
68 Kings Road
Richmond
Surrey
TW10 6ES