The Head, Jo Wallace, has started a blog. If you would like to read it then please find it here.
Kensington Wade was packed with budding chefs for our first family activity morning. Chef Liz talked about healthy food choices before the children (most of them under 5) made their own Chinese dumplings. The morning ended with a tasting session and everyone agreed the results were delicious! Click here to view the photographs.
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Kensington Wade Founding Principal Mr. Adrian Richardson.
Founder-Principal of The Cothill Educational Trust, which comprises eight outstanding independent schools in the UK and France, Mr Richardson’s commitment to providing first class prep education which is innovative, well-delivered and applicable to the modern world has been inspirational. His first involvement with education was as a schoolmaster at Arnold Lodge and then at Ashdown House. In 1962 he took up a position on the staff at Cothill House. In 1976 he became the Headmaster. Under his leadership, the School grew to become one of the most successful boys’ boarding schools in the UK. As Cothill continued to expand, the need to accommodate extra pupils led him to develop Chandlings Manor into a sister prep school. Over the following years, he worked to bring other schools with a similar ethos into the fold and shaped the Cothill Educational Trust into the organisation which exists today.
Mr. Richardson was an inspiration to his colleagues and generations of pupils. As a man of great enthusiasm and intellect, he had a crucial role in the founding of Kensington Wade.
Mr Richardson was a true gentleman who will be greatly missed by all.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
A reception was held at Kensington Wade on 2nd February to thank supporters and friends. It was attended by more than 100 people, including Guests of Honour:
The Rt Hon. the Lord Willetts
The Lord Nash, Schools Minister
Wang Yongli Minister Counsellor, Embassy of the PR China in the UK
Councillor Mrs Elizabeth Rutherford, Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea.
At the reception, the Chairman, Professor Hugo de Burgh, thanked all those who had helped in a multitude of different ways, while he and Adrian Richardson were working to set up the school.
He introduced the Founding Head, Mrs Laura Marani, and the Head Mistress, Mrs Joanna Wallace.
Minister Counsellor Wang Yongli presented the school with a gift of early years books.
Year of the Rooster celebrations were enjoyed by thousands of people in central London, but the dawn of the New Year was best enjoyed by children.
Watch our video and see how children were celebrating and learning about Chinese culture.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs. Joanna Wallace as Headmistress of Kensington Wade from April 2017.
The Founding Headmistress, Mrs Laura Marani, formerly of Pembridge and Notting Hill prep schools, will take the position of Consultant Principal of Kensington Wade.
Mrs Wallace is currently Head of Putney High Junior School GDST. She has been leading and managing all aspects of one of the top performing, academically selective junior schools in the country. Since starting at Putney High Junior School in 2011 she has successfully expanded the language-teaching sector to include Mandarin – a language she sees benefitting children in their futures.
Mrs Wallace, who is very passionate about the school, says: “I am thrilled to have been appointed Headmistress and I am very much looking forward to taking up the role.”