About Us


About Us

Our History

The idea of Kensington Wade was first proposed in 2007, when the eminent journalist and former Director of the Centre for Policy Studies, The Hon. Tessa (Lady) Keswick, held a meeting to propose the establishment of a bilingual school. She strongly believed that future generations of British opinion formers and decision makers should learn Chinese at an early age, and be able to operate in a world in which Chinese would be influential in business, politics and international affairs.

Mme Fu Ying, Ambassador of China to the UK and now Deputy Foreign Minister of China; Lord Adonis, then Minister of State for Education; Lord Powell; Dr Stephen Spurr, then Headmaster of Westminster School and Professor Hugo de Burgh, who had just founded the China Media Centre at the University of Westminster were also at the meeting. Professor de Burgh agreed to work pro bono towards the setting up of the first such school but, as he was travelling to China regularly, he was unable to devote time to the project.

When the next government introduced the Free School initiative in 2010, the plan was resurrected. A larger committee was formed which included the recent Heads of Westminster and the Dragon School, the financier Sir John Craven, Lady Wei of Shoreditch and leading architect Sir Terry Farrell.

It was found that the requirements of a first class bilingual school would be impossible to meet within the Free School framework so the option of an independent school, with a charitable dimension, was explored.

At this point the Principal of the Cothill Educational Trust and founder of several of the UK’s leading junior schools, Adrian Richardson, was introduced to the Committee. His experience of setting up schools and his work for the Department for Education were invaluable.

Thanks to additional support from the Department for Education, Kensington Wade opened its doors on 6th September 2017 at Kensington Primary Academy