Welcome to Kingswood House, where we have long enjoyed an outstanding reputation as a leading preparatory school for boys. Our new senior department opened in September 2016, thereby extending our exceptional academic and pastoral provision through to GCSE. We offer a genuine all-round education, underpinned by exciting curricular and co-curricular opportunities, with a strong emphasis on character development and preparation for life beyond the school gate.
The KHS Way
At Kingswood House, there is a philosophy of inclusivity, tolerance and respect. All boys are encouraged to participate in every aspect of school life and this provides a wonderful platform for them to grow in resilience and self-esteem. A rich variety of opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom, engenders an avid natural curiosity and propagates a willingness to try new things. With the advent of our flourishing Senior Years, parents are able to consider their options carefully, secure in the knowledge that Kingswood House offers an excellent pathway for the boys through to GCSE. We are also developing KHS for the future and have recently built an impressive Lower Prep and Upper Prep Department. The new “Peter Brooks’ building, boasting customised teaching accommodation for our Senior Years, opened in September 2018. This website captures the very essence of KHS but please do come and see us for yourself; the warmth and friendliness of our school community is best experienced first hand. You can also register for the next Open Morning or book an individual appointment to meet with me and tour the school. I look forward to welcoming you to Kingswood House.
Duncan Murphy Headmaster
Profile of the Headmaster
Duncan is the Headmaster at Kingswood House, Epsom, prior to which he was the Headmaster of the Prep School at Claremont Fan Court and the Deputy Headmaster at Milbourne Lodge. Educated at Malvern College before undertaking a degree in English Literature at Sheffield and a Masters Degree in Education at Buckingham, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the IAPS 16+ Schools’ Ambassador.
Duncan is married to Victoria, who runs the Christopher Robin Nursery in Hinchley Wood. They have a busy household comprising: two older children, Jasmin and Jack, who have both finished their studies and are in the world of work; a younger son, William, and Cally, a black Labrador, who keeps everyone on their toes! Duncan enjoys all sports, especially cricket, and likes to keep abreast of current affairs and politics. As an English teacher by trade, he retains a fundamental love of literature and one of his quirkier secrets is that he is a member of the Sherlock Holmes Society.
Kingswood House was short-listed for a prestigious Independent School of the Year award in 2018. It is a source of great pride that the wonderful attributes of Kingswood House have been recognised by the Independent Schools’ panel of judges. I commend my fantastic team of teaching and support staff, who work so hard with our boys to help them achieve their full potential both in and out of the classroom, in many areas of school life. In November 2019 we were delighted to be winners of the School Travel Awards prize for 'My Best School Trip' in recognition of our Year 9 residential trip.