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Kew House School

London, TW8 0EX

  • Expiring soon
Commensurate with experience and the nature of the role
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Start date:
Required from September 2018
Apply by:
26 January 2018

Job description

Kew House opened in 2013 and is now in its fifth year with over 450 students on roll. This will rise to 600+ in the next two years. The school is oversubscribed in Year 7 and has a rapidly growing sixth form. We admit a broad range of ability and select by aptitude. The curriculum structure is far from conventional but proving to be very effective in achieving high standards of attainment. The school enjoys new purpose-built facilities and state of the art IT infrastructure. 

The Director of Studies will be a key member of staff working with the SMT and reporting to the Headmaster and Deputy Heads. We seek a graduate teacher and outstanding practitioner with experience of working at middle or senior management level. Candidates should be able to demonstrate a background in teaching and learning and curriculum monitoring and development. They should have excellent communication skills, energy and commitment. 

The post holder will join the school’s SMT with the principal task of supporting teaching and learning, monitoring standards, curriculum development and monitoring assessment and reporting within the school.

Further details of the school’s policies and procedures can be found on our website www.kewhouseschool.com 

Director of Studies


Required from September 2018

The Directors of the Gardener Schools Group have established Kew House School in the conviction that there exists an opportunity for a different kind of independent secondary school in London - academically demanding but with a modern approach to selection criteria, the flexibility of the curriculum and recognition of creativity and talent.

We are seeking to appoint an experienced graduate teacher and outstanding practitioner, able to demonstrate a background in teaching and learning and curriculum monitoring and development.

Key Requirements

  • A good degree in an appropriate subject and a recognised teaching qualification
  • Ability to encourage high standards through oversight of Heads of Department supporting the      development of policy and development plans
  • Ability to develop initiatives and practice that enhance learning experiences for students and support curriculum leaders in the development of the curriculum
  • Comprehensive understanding of assessment including reporting
  • Ability to advise on professional development of teaching staff and offer insights into appropriate whole school and departmental INSET 
  • Experience at middle/senior management level

The school is committed to staff development and this position will provide a good springboard for further promotion within the school and beyond. All staff will be encouraged to attend INSET courses and will be provided with ample professional development opportunities.

The school operates its own pay scales consistent with national teacher pay scales and will offer salary commensurate with experience and the nature of the role.

To apply, please submit a completed application form together with supporting letter of application and details of two referees. One referee should be able to comment on your teaching skills, and one from your current or most recent employer. References will be taken prior to interview. You must provide original documents as proof of identity at interview.

Completed applications should be emailed to info@kewhouseschool.com or posted to Mr Mark Hudson, Headmaster, Kew House School, 6 Capital Interchange Way, London, TW8 0EX.

Closing date: 5pm on Friday, 26th January 2018. 

Interview date: week commencing 5th February 2018.

Suitable applicants will be contacted by email and invited to attend an interview by arrangement.

All appointments are made in accordance with our equal opportunities policy and applicants should let us know of any special needs they may have. Kew House School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and questions will be asked at interview to assess suitability of candidate to work with our children. All appointments are subject to satisfactory criminal record (DBS) check. 

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About Kew House School

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  • Kew House School
  • 6 Capital Interchange Way, Brentford
  • Middlesex
  • TW8 0EX
  • United Kingdom
+44 20 8742 2038

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Kew House School is a co-educational independent senior school for students aged 11-18 years in West London, near to Kew and Chiswick. The school opened its doors for the first time in September 2013 with 63 students and now has over 550 on roll. It is the sister school to Maida Vale School, Ravenscourt Park and Kew Green Preparatory Schools and is owned by The Gardener Schools Group Ltd, a family company founded by Maria and Edward Gardener.  

Kew House School takes a modern and pioneering approach to every aspect of school life. The key characteristics upon which the school was founded are: 

Ethos and aims

Individualised attention both pastorally and educationally for all students. KHS benefits from having a smaller student roll than many independent senior schools and provides the flexibility needed to enable students to fulfill their potential. 

Selection criteria

We seek inquisitive, intelligent students displaying a recognisable talent. Although we use entrance testing, greater emphasis is placed on interview, and feeder school reports. We select each year group as a whole cohort seeking a balanced mix of aptitudes and personal attributes. 


We recognise and enhance the individual abilities of each child, welcome students with varying academic profiles and place emphasis on confidence, self-esteem and creativity.  We believe this approach will produce excellent academic results. We operate a true “open door” policy welcoming parents and members of the wider community. The school has developed the feeling of a family and social hub giving emotional support and security to all students and employees, achievable due to its size. 

The curriculum

We pursue excellence in all areas whether examinable or not. Our aim is to provide a rich and broad education to all students whatever their specialism. While we aim to achieve the highest academic results for each pupil we do not serve as an examination “factory”.  Our “Individuals in Society” (IS) course focuses on personal development, emotionally, practically, and intellectually, throughout each student’s life at the school via regular, time-tabled sessions and extensions of the school day. 

Community involvement

The school is outward looking taking full advantage of the wide variety of cultural, scientific and business organisations in London as a resource for academic and non-academic learning as well as fostering opportunities for service to the local community. Visitors regularly hold seminars and workshops at the school. 

Modern and Pioneering Approach 

The school takes a fresh approach to all areas of school life and will not be bound by current conventions and practice. Whilst retaining the core traditional values in place at our preparatory schools, we have made bold decisions about curriculum, timetabling, the length and shape of the school day and term, aligning the school with the lives of students and parents.  The school operates as an educational and social centre for students in the evenings, at weekends and during school holidays when core, extension or one-off learning courses will operate and social events take place. 

Creativity and excellence

The school exists to foster individual and group creativity in all areas and to allow talent to bloom. We encourage individuality of thought and self-motivation in all areas of study and exploration.

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