Magoo was previously Headmaster of Garden House Boys' School from 2000 - 2006. He was educated at Eton College before being commissioned in the Coldstream Guards. During his military career Magoo served in the UK, Belize, Spain, Cyprus and Germany and was latterly Adjutant of the battalion in Bosnia looking after the 1,100 men and women in theatre.
He was Aide de Camp to Lieutenant General the Hon Sir William Rous for two years and Personal Equerry to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for two years. Magoo is a keen sportsman and sports fan and lists other interests as "children, travel, public speaking/entertaining, writing childrens stories and his family". Magoo is the founder of Knightsbridge School.
Shona Colaço - MA, PGCE, MSB CBiol
Shona has been working in education for over 20 years. She began her career teaching English as a Foreign Language, both in this country and abroad. After a period working in Environmental Management, she trained at the University of Oxford (Mansfield College) and returned to teaching Science to GCSE and Biology at A Level, initially in large maintained secondary schools before moving to the independent sector where she was lucky enough to be able to set up a Science department from scratch. Shona has been a Head of Science, Director of Studies and Deputy Head before accepting the Headship of what she describes as a 'unique, warm and caring school where happy staff and happy children achieve amazing things.’ She has an MA with distinction in Educational Leadership and is itching to make a start on a new research project.
When she has time Shona loves to walk (dog in tow), grow vegetables, bake and make preserves. She has been known to take to the river in the cox's seat, plays the violin, cycles when she can and is usually not far from a book!
Elaine has worked in the education sector for over 20 years as a School Business Manager. She worked for six years at Bishop Challoner School and as a financial consultant looking after the business management of 18 schools, many within the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Elaine has been a Governor of St. James the Great Primary School. Elaine joined KS in 2008 and has taken a key role in both the financial and strategic development of the school.
Robin Badham-Thornhill - BA (Hons), PGCE
Head of Development
Until August 2010, Robin Badham-Thornhill was Headmaster of Summer Fields, Oxford. He joined Knightsbridge School in November 2010, having completed his pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. As Head of Development, he is helping to develop the school up to S8 and give counsel in all areas of the school including his specialities - Inspection, the KS Foundation and 19 years of Headship. His interests include walking, cricket, golf and reading, especially biographies, and he has a great love of France.
Angela McLean - BA (Hons)
Deputy Head (Academic)
After graduating from the University of Natal, South Africa with a Higher Diploma in Education, she worked for 2 years in secondary school in Durban. Travelling to London in Oct 1999, she began working as a supply teacher, eventually settling down at a boys’ secondary school in South West London. Angela loves teaching, it's a rewarding career. Travel is her passion; the further afield the better!
Henrietta Taylor - BA (Hons), PGCE
After graduating from Bristol University with a BA in History of Art, Henrietta went to Roehampton University to complete a PGCE. She then spent 6 months in South America, learning to speak Spanish before returning to London and teaching. Henrietta joined us in September 2008 from Burdett Coutts Primary School where she taught Year 4 for 2 years.
Anthea Humphreys - MA, BA (Hons), PGCE
Acting Head of Senior School & Head of Perspectives
After graduating from the University of Edinburgh with First-class Honours in Religious Studies, Anthea was recruited by the graduate programme Teach First. As part of this, she was placed in an inner-city secondary school in Lambeth to address educational disadvantage and underachievement. As an eco-enthusiast, Anthea enjoys getting Eco Group together to carry on with their fabulous efforts in renewing, reducing and recycling at KS and making big changes in their local environments.
Tom O'Shea - BA (Hons), QTS
Acting Head of Senior School & Head of History and Geography
Tom graduated from the University of the West of England with a degree in Sociology in 2006. He has been at KS since 2008 and in 2009 Tom did his teacher training with us. His interests include cricket, rugby, sailing, travel, history and children's literature.
Joanna Chapman - BSc (Hons), PGCE
Head of the Junior School & Pastoral Lead
Before university Joanna spent a year working in East Malaysia travelling and teaching English as a second language. She then read Biological Sciences at Exeter University before spending a year working as a classroom assistant and 1:1 assistant at Cheam School in Newbury. Following the successful completion of a PGCE at Winchester University, Joanna took up a teaching position in the Pre-prep at Twyford School, Winchester, leading Science and ICT for 3 years. From there, she went on to work at Thomas’s Battersea and then moved to the Merlin School in Putney. Joanna worked in Year 1 and Year 2 before being appointed Head of Year, as well as being English coordinator for the school. Outside of work Joanna’s interests include running and spinning, skiing, photography and cooking, with a keen interest in updating her food blog when the time allows.
Louisa Swallow - BA (Hons), PGCE
Head of EYFS
Louisa graduated from Newcastle University in 2006 after completing her degree in Philosophical Studies. She then began her teaching career as a Teaching Assistant at Daneshill School, Hampshire. This inspired her to complete a PGCE, specialising in Early Years Education at Roehampton University. Following a stint at Eaton House The Vale, Louisa moved to Thailand to further her career and broaden her horizons. She worked at Ascot International School and St Andrew’s International School where she was the EYFS coordinator and developed the outstanding department. In 2014 she returned to London for the role of Head of EYFS at Knightsbridge School. Outside of work, Louisa is a keen skier, traveller and is a real country girl at heart who loves the outdoors.
Head of Nursery & DSL
After a career in finance, Gill decided on a change of direction and taught for 15 years at Young England Kindergarten in Pimlico before joining Knightsbridge School where she ran the Dolphins group. Gill is now in charge of the Lions Class in Knightsbridge School's nursery.
Anastasia Antonopoulou - MA, PGCE
Head of Languages
Anastasia is a multi-lingual teacher of French and Greek. She graduated from the University of Athens having studied French and obtained a Maîtrise from the University of Angers in teaching French as a foreign language and PGCE in Modern Languages from Oxford Brookes University. She has completed a Master's in Assessment, Curriculum and Pedagogy at the Institute of Education. She has lived and worked teaching languages in Greece, France and Britain for more than 12 years.
Kim Warrender - BEd (Hons) of Primary Education, PGCE Special Education and Inclusive Practice
Head of Learning Support
Kim was fortunate to begin her teaching career in a rapidly changing South Africa where the inclusion of all children in mainstream education was becoming a priority. She had the opportunity to open a new primary school and work on the development of an innovative, new curriculum. This sparked an ongoing interest in progressive curriculum design and the ways in which curriculum could encourage children to reach their full potential. Kim is a dedicated and hardworking practitioner with a passion for teaching and education. She believes in nurturing and encouraging all pupils in a challenging and stimulating environment. Outside of work Kim enjoys travelling and reading.
Hannah Shillito - MA, BA (Hons), PGCE
Head of English
Hannah studied English Literature, History of Art and Philosophy at the University of Glasgow before specialising in English Literature for her MA. She then gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education from Manchester Metropolitan University, specialising in English and Special Educational Needs. She has taught in many places all over the world before coming to teach at Knightsbridge including her last job in a completely digital international school in Marble Arch. Before that she worked in Milan in addition to New York, Yokohama, Tokyo, Cape Town, India, the Himalayas and Pakistan, as well as closer to her home in Manchester. These teaching roles almost always focused on teaching English language and literature with the exception of New York, where she taught Art to severely disabled adults and children. Hannah’s love lies in literature and the arts as well as language, and she has an obsession with all things digital – believing that technology can shape children’s education in English for the better, when used effectively.
Jessica Lawson - BSc (Hons), PGCE
Head of Science
Jessica studied Biochemistry at The University of Nottingham and following her degree worked for a charity addressing educational disadvantage across the UK. It was through this job that she was inspired to go into teaching herself and commenced her training with the Teach First programme. This involved teaching GCSE and A Level Sciences in an inner London comprehensive school. Since her training, Jessica has taught in schools both in the UK and abroad prior to joining Knightsbridge School. She is also a singer in a London based soul, jazz and gospel vocal collective.
Olivia Kearns - BSc (Hons), PGCE
Head of Maths
Olivia has a BSc in Psychology from Queens University Belfast. She moved to Manchester to complete the two year Teach First PGCE scheme. She worked in one of the most challenging schools in the UK as a secondary maths teacher and loved it so much that she wanted to continue teaching. To gain experience in the private sector she got the opportunity to work in a private British school in Ibiza and was Head of KS3 Cross Curriculum which was great fun! In her spare time she enjoys travelling, cooking, walking and socialising.
Charlotte Mills – BA (Hons), PGCE
After leaving St Mary's Ascot, Charlotte got a BA (Hons) degree in History of Art at Leeds University in 2006. With an interest in art and design, Charlotte followed her degree by taking an Interior Decoration course at the Inchbald Institute of Design after which she chose to do a PGCE course at Oxford Brookes. Charlotte has worked with children at summer sports and pony club camps and loves being outside and staying fit, enjoying a range of sports such as eventing, tennis, swimming and running.
Kate Finlay - BA (Hons), PGCE
Reception Class Teacher
Kate studies Early Childhood Studies at Bristol University and went on to do the Early Years PGCE at London South Bank University. Kate enjoys exploring different cultures and backgrounds and has previously spent her summer holidays working in orphanages and schools in Thailand and Belize. Outside of school Kate enjoys cooking, spending time with friends and anything to do with the outdoors.
Science Technician & Teaching and Learning Assistant
Dawn specialised in Food Science and she worked for several years in the pathology lab of a central London hospital. After taking a break to have two children, she decided to move into education and became qualified, working for 11 years as an Early Years Practitioner. In 2002 she came to work at Hellenic College London as Science Technician for the whole school and Teaching Assistant and continues in these roles at Knightsbridge School.
Naomi Barns - BA (Hons), PGCE
J1 Class Teacher
Naomi graduated from Exeter University with a degree in Politics and Philosophy. Coming from a teaching family, and having greatly enjoyed teaching at Brookfield Music Centre, Gloucester for several years, she decided to undertake her PGCE at Gloucestershire University. After a wonderful year teaching at Wycliffe Preparatory School, an opportunity arose to teach in South Africa which was an invaluable experience. Naomi is a keen musician and enjoys playing several instruments. Her other interests includes the theatre, dance and outdoor pursuits, especially cycling and surfing.
Domingo Benasco Pérez - BA (Hons)
Spanish and French Teacher
Domingo studied Translation and Interpreting at the Universidad de Las Palmas, where he also completed his teaching training. He has valuable experience teaching English as a foreign language in Spain, as well as French and Spanish in France, Spain and the UK. For him, it is essential to speak foreign languages as they increase our intercultural understanding and our native language ability.
Abi Hughes - BSc (Hons), PGCE
Reception Class Teacher
Abi graduated from The University of Manchester with a degree in Commercial management and Quantity Surveying. Following this, she moved to London to gain experience in the education sector. In 2014 she was awarded her PGCE from Roehampton University. Outside of school Abi enjoys keeping fit by going to the gym and playing sport. Abi also loves to travel and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Jessica Hill - BA (Hons), PGCE
Born and raised in Portugal, Jessica moved to England to attend university in Leeds. She graduated with a First-class degree in Primary Education and started her career at Knightsbridge School in 2012. Jessica has always enjoyed working with children, and completed a three month volunteer project working with underprivileged children in Brazilian favelas during her gap year. Her interests include travelling, reading and baking.
Joanna Britland - BA (Hons), PGCE
After having a keen interest in theatre throughout school, Joanna went on to study a degree in Theatre in Education and complete her PGCE in English and Drama at Newcastle University. She has worked at Dean Close Preparatory School in Cheltenham for five years and alongside this ran her own theatre school for children aged 4-16 on Saturdays in Malvern. In her spare time she enjoys going to the theatre, jogging and is a keen netball player.
Julia Bromage - BA (Hons), PGCE
J3 Class Teacher
Educated at Wycombe Abbey School, Julia graduated from the University of Leeds with a Sociology degree in 2005. Having completed a Graduate Diploma in Law, she spent five years working in travel and financial PR before her passion for skiing took her to a Swiss ski resort for two years. During that time she volunteered at St George's International School before taking a position as Resident Houseparent at St George's School for Girls in Edinburgh. She completed the Primary PGCE at Oxford Brookes University and before starting her teaching career at KS.
Kat Andrews - BA (Hons), PGCE
Reception Class Teacher
Kat graduated from Warwick University in 2009 having gained a First-class degree in History and Politics. Following this, she went on to gain a distinction in her PGCE. Having taught in a London state school for two years, Kat moved to New York where she worked in a leading international school. Kat is very much enjoying being part of the KS family as a Reception Class Teacher.
Lena Persson - BA (Hons), PGCE
J2 Class Teacher
After finishing school at The British School of Brussels, Lena returned to England to attend university. She graduated from Warwick University, gaining a BA (Hons) in History followed by a PGCE from the same institution. She has volunteered and gained experience in schools in England, Belgium and Sweden, before joining the Knightsbridge School staff in 2014. From a young age, performing on stage has always been a huge part of Lena’s life. She has performed in dance shows, pantomimes, plays, musicals and concerts. She also has a huge passion for photography and during her time at university her photographs won a number of prizes.
Maura Murphy - BEd (Hons)
Originally from London, Maura qualified with BEd (Hons) from Manchester University in 1985, specialising in Divinity. She has taught in Secondary and Primary schools across the age range of 4-18 years old. Maura became Deputy Head and SENCO in 1994 whilst teaching in Lancashire. In 2000 she left the UK with her family to live and teach in New Zealand, returning home in 2011 to join the AEN department at KS. In her spare time Maura plays the fiddle and enjoys relaxing walks in the countryside.
Lydia Palmer - KS2/3 Mathematics with Teaching, QTS
Lydia graduated from Chichester University in Mathematics and Teaching in 2014. Following this she stayed on the south coast and completed her first year of teaching at Ormiston Six Villages Academy in Chichester which she found both challenging and exciting. Lydia spends her free time out with her friends, cooking and her dream is to one day travel the world.
Nicola Buttigieg - MMus, BEd, LTCL (Speech and Drama)
Head of DigiTech & Music Teacher
Nicola holds a Master of Music degree from Boston University and a Professional Certificate from Berklee College of Music, specialising in music technology. She is a classically trained vocalist and has taught at both primary and secondary level in Australia, Japan and the UK, coming to Knightsbridge School from St. John's Beaumont, Windsor, in 2014. Her main passion outside teaching is recording and composing for musical theatre and film sound libraries. In 2013 she was shortlisted for the Sidney Brown Memorial Award for new musical theatre writing in the UK. She has had work sponsored in the UK by Really Useful Group Theatres (RUGT) and Arts Council England for further development at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, the Royal Academy of Music and Yale University.
Olivia O’Donoghue - BSc (Hons), PGCE
J1 Class Teacher
Olivia graduated from the University of Leeds in 2010 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology with a particular interest in developmental psychology. Following her degree, Olivia worked for three years as a Film & TV Publicist on shows such as Downton Abbey and Made in Chelsea and films including Horrible Bosses and The Hangover, prior to starting her teaching career. In 2015, she completed her Postgraduate Teacher Training certification allowing her to gain a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from which she gained credits towards a Master’s degree in Education which she intends to pursue during her first few years at Knightsbridge School. Olivia has a longstanding passion for the arts and takes part in many creative activities including painting, drawing and theatre production (producing the first ever ‘KS Gappie Panto’ as a Teaching Assistant in 2013!). Being half French, Olivia also brings a love of languages and new cultures to KS. When she is not teaching, Olivia enjoys skiing, tennis, mountain hiking and water sports in the French Alps.
Ellie Bird - BSc (Hons), PGCE
PE & Games Teacher
Passionate and enthusiastic about sport, Ellie studied Sport and Exercise Science at Exeter University and graduated in 2011. At Exeter she played Hockey to a high level and Netball for her county. She then took to triathlons and has competed in London, Blenheim Palace, Reading and Heaver Castle. Before moving to KS, Ellie taught at Highgate School. In her year there she took part in L’etape Du Tour, a 115 mile cycle in the Pyrenees, the 16th stage of Le Tour De France. Today, Ellie spends most of her time on the water, training and socialising with her rowing club. During the summer, she represented her club at Henley Regatta. When she isn’t playing sport, Ellie enjoys watching The Great British Bake Off, and her favourite food is pancakes.
Romilly Hextall - BA (Hons), PGCE
J2 Class Teacher
After leaving Marlborough College, Romilly took a year out teaching underprivileged children in Ecuador before travelling around South and Central America. This is where she cemented her desire to become a teacher, and realised the importance of independent and enthusiastic learners. She went on to gain a BA (Hons) degree in Sociology at Nottingham University. Having completed her Primary PGCE year at the Institute of Education, specialising in Maths, she started her career at KS in September 2013. A love of music is central in her life; she enjoys playing the guitar and singing, as well as listening to live music. Her other interests include travelling, cooking, taking part in team sports and socialising.
Kristina Coombes - BEd (Hons), QTS
Kristina graduated with First-class Honours in Bachelor of Education (English/History) from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia, in 2012. After teaching in a variety of schools on the Gold Coast, Kristina accepted a permanent position in the rural/remote Central Queensland town of Emerald, where she enjoyed two years of teaching, touch football and was an active board member and head fundraiser/events planner for ‘Our Rainbow House’ charity (a school for orphaned/disadvantaged children in Chainda, Zambia). In her spare time, Kristina enjoys running, reading, babysitting her niece and nephews and travelling.
Rosie Oram - BA (Hons), PGCE
J3 Class Teacher
Rosie graduated in 2010 with a First-class degree in English Literature from Exeter University. She has a passion for writing and has written for various publications including the Independent, the Daily Mail and as a diarist for the Evening Standard magazine. Rosie gained her PGCE from Roehampton University in 2012 and went on to teach for two years at a prep school in Notting Hill. She loves working with children, and aims to inspire in her pupils a love of learning. In her spare time she enjoys running, regular skiing breaks and has always been an enthusiastic and fearless cook!
Rosie parton - BA (Hons), LTCL
Rosie graduated from the three year Professional Musical Theatre course at The Urdang Academy, London and has a BA (Hons) Theatre from the Guildford School of Acting. Rosie is a member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and has completed an LTCL in Musical Theatre Teaching from Trinity College London. Rosie has taught Advanced Jazz at Pineapple Studios London and has choreographed for St Mary’s School, Ascot.
Before embarking on her teaching career, Rosie had a successful career as a performer. Professional performance credits include; Chess the Musical (Toronto), Julie in Streetfighter (Film), Jack & the Beanstalk as Princess Jill and Beauty and the Beast as Beauty (The Shaw Theatre), Shout! (Stardust Theatre, Miami), Guys and Dolls (Richmond Theatre), NCL cruise (Jean Ann Ryan), ITV’s Everybody Dance Now, CBeebies “The Summer Song” and choreographed “The Birthday Song”, BBC1’s Children in Need and various cruise, gala and concert performances at venues including Sadler’s Wells and The Royal Albert Hall.
Francesco Messina - PGCE, PhD
Francesco holds a PhD in Italian Studies from UCL and he has just completed a PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages. He works as freelance translator and private language tutor. He is a native Italian speaker and he has taught Italian language to undergraduate students at UCL - where he has worked for eight years as postgraduate researcher and Italian language teacher. He has also been reviewing academic books for the journal of the Association for the Study of Modern Italy and for the journal of the Historical Association. A section of his doctoral research has been published in the academic journal of the Italian Department of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Currently he also works as an examiner and moderator for the University of Cambridge International Examinations - CIE. His interests include spending time with his family, cooking, travelling and playing basketball.
Briony Newman - School Secretary (cover)
Mary Caldecott-Smith - Registrar
Rosie Binns - PA to Head & SLT
Day De La Cruz - Clubs Coordinator
James Prior - Transport Manager
David Hicks - Network Manager
Joe McGrath - ICT Technician
Tom Davies - Media Coordinator
John Keenan – Head Caretaker
Bhim Gurung - Caretaker
Angela Teixeira - Cleaner
Guy Simonitsch - Head Chef (Brookwood Catering)
Elvira McCaldin - Receptionist
Clare Cosson - School Secretary
Board of Advisors
William was educated at Eton College and went on to study at Durham University. Following university he worked in the City for 19 years, where he was the Managing Director of one of the world’s leading financial management and advisory companies Merrill Lynch. He is a past governor of Haberdashers Adams Grammar and Abraham Darby Academy and a present Governor of the City of London School for Girls and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is the chairman of the Prostate Cancer Charity UK and past chairman of the Development Board of Advocates at Royal Court Theatre. In 2013, William became an Alderman of the City of London. In 2006 William co-founded Knightsbridge School with Magoo Giles and is now the chairman of the Board of Advisors at the school and a Director of Knightsbridge School International. William is married to Hillary and has 4 children, his interests are the theatre, cricket, rugby and tennis.
Eve Zimmerman Short was educated at the Pacific University, North California where she studied Geology. Following university she began her career in the Oil and Gas industry and continued later on in her working life to go into Pharmaceutical Sales. Alongside her love for Geology, Eve is a passionate and successful tennis player and has ranked in the top 200 in the World Tennis Association League Table. Whilst her son attended Knightsbridge School, she established and developed the Parents Association and is now a Director at the school. Her interests are family, tennis, skiing, golf, charity work, and adventure travel. Eve is currently helping to develop junior tennis and professional tennis around the world.
Dimitri was educated at Caius College, Cambridge and the Harvard Business School. After graduation, he worked at Morgan Stanley in its Mergers & Acquisitions, Derivatives Structuring and Private Equity groups. He then set up Whitney’s European office in London and then left to set up Cycladic Capital backed by Jacob Rothschild in 2002. Dimtri is now an investor in, and creator of businesses having set up GEAR, India’s leading independent equipment rental company, Knightsbridge Schools International, a growing international schools group and Monurent, West Africa’s leading infrastructure services business. Dimitri’s family has a history of involvement in education and academics and with three young children of his own he has both “push and pull” that drive his interest in schools. His interests are his children, travel, surfing, kitesurfing, skiing and improving his piano.
Philip Lough is a member of the Advisory Panel and Chairman of the Education Committee. Educated at Sherborne School and Trinity College, Oxford, he retired in 2013 after 17 years as a prep school Head, firstly at Windlesham House School in West Sussex and subsequently at The Hall, Hampstead. He was previously a Housemaster and Languages teacher at Marlborough College, and ran the cricket there for some years. He has been (and is) a Governor of various independent and state schools at senior and junior levels, and advises Heads and governors as a freelance educational consultant, working especially in the prep school sector. He is education committee chairman and trustee of an educational charity which promotes good practice in the primary sector and sponsors junior academies, and inspects schools for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. Philip lives in Wiltshire with his wife Christine (also a former independent school Head). He has three adult children and two grandchildren.
Pam is Director of Pam Mundy Associates Ltd and has held Executive positions as Chief Academic Officer for Knightsbridge Schools International and as Director for Quality Assurance and Professional Development for the World Class Learning Group, based in Houston, Texas. Pam is an international consultant for leadership and development in schools, education and business organisations, working with adults and with students from 0-19. Pam is a UK Ofsted Inspector, a CIS and IPC Accreditation and Review Team leader and an Early Years/Primary Specialist. Pam was previously a teacher, head teacher and Principal Adviser for Early Years and Primary in West Sussex Local Authority. Pam is a Director for the UK based Curriculum Foundation, an Advisory Board member for the Schools of Tomorrow Research Group and for the ‘Mighty Creatives’, a UK Government sponsored organization focused on the cultural and holistic life of the child. Pam chairs the International Advisory Board for the Family First Group of Schools, Bermuda and is also Co-Director of ‘ReadyNation UK’. Pam provides professional development, challenge, support and guidance for a wide range of schools, settings, government agencies and Ministries of Education nationally and internationally (most recently in Brunei, South America, South Korea, South East Asia, China, Africa India, the UAE and Oman, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Indonesia and the United States). As a passionate advocate for teaching, learning and leadership – and the significant impact that high quality teaching has on children’s lives, their learning and their future world, she believes that as the artist Paul Klee once said ‘Childhood is a Dream – where everything is possible…!’
Angela was the Principal of Queen's Gate School from 1987 to 2006 and has had extensive experience of the independent education sector in London.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
William Russell (Chairman), Dimitri Goulandris, Magoo Giles & Eve Short