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.”
Senior Management Team
Mr Mark Turner
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
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 14 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 is currently studying part-time for 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 9 years, working as a Year 4 Form Teacher, Assistant Head and now Head of Pastoral Care. He is a keen sportsman and also teaches games to Year 4, alongside being Form Teacher to 4C.
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
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 School 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.
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.
|Chris Laverty||Chair of Governors||Chartered Accountant|
|Richard Ward||Vice Chair||Company Director|
|David Barbour||Private Equity Executive|
|Dan Boorman||Deputy Head, Bishopsgate School|
|Julian Davison||Private Equity|
|Adrian Edwards||Management Consultant|
|Richard Gale||Company Director|
|Jenny George||HR Consultant|
|Dr Sarah Hendry||Deputy Head, Hampton|
|James Owen||Retired Chartered Surveyor/Fund Manager|
|Lisa Peacock||Family Law Barrister|
|Chris Pollitt||House Master, Harrow School|
|Peter Scott||Project Manager|
|Dr Sumi Soori||Doctor|
Contact details for the Chair
Ms Christine Laverty
c/o King’s House School
68 King’s Road