Russell House School
Kent, United Kingdom
About Russell House School
Russell House School started in a family home in Kemsing, in 1938 by Nellie Baker with seven boys and one girl. The school moved to Otford, near Sevenoaks in Kent, in 1947, by which time numbers had risen to 50. Mrs Baker finally retired in 1969, handing the school over to Wyn Burrows. Elisabeth Lindsay took over the school in 1984. She built up the school’s academic and musical reputation, at the same time maintaining the friendly, family atmosphere that had grown from the school’s origins.
Alison Cooke became the Head in September 2005, after being a teacher here since 1987. She remained deeply committed to developing the school’s special ethos and its reputation for excellence and providing a broadly-based cultural education. Yvonne Lindsay became Director in 2007 and has worked successfully with Alison Cooke, helping her to promote her vision and continuing to move the school forward.
Alison Cooke is now retiring and we are looking to find another equally committed, dedicated and inspirational Headteacher to take the school into the next phase of its life. The new Headteacher will have his or her own vision and drive, all the while supported by the Director and Governor Advisors.
The school retains the friendly, approachable atmosphere of its beginnings as a family school in a family house but the facilities and equipment are now far removed from that home in Kemsing. The current site occupies an idyllic 3 acre site in the Darenth Valley, with its grounds looking over the North Downs in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The school is directly opposite the train station which has links to all London stations within 45 minutes travelling time. Sevenoaks town is 3 miles away and many of our pupils go on to the Independent Secondary school there, as well as to other Independent schools and to the local Grammar schools in the Tonbridge area. Our pupils frequently achieve above expectations at age 11 from a non-selective intake.
Our facilities include several purpose built areas, such as the Science Lab, Art Room, ICT Suite, as well as conversions from the original buildings. Current pupil numbers are 191 and the children are taught in single forms per year. Most subjects are taught by subject specialist teachers. We promote a wide variety of sporting and co-curricular activities, more details of which can be seen on our website www.russellhouseschool.co.uk.