Headmaster’s Welcome

Welcome to Kingswood House, where we have long enjoyed an outstanding reputation as a leading school for boys. I am delighted to confirm that our doors are now officially open to girls. We offer an 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 pupils 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. 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, their dogs Cally & Lilly, a black Labrador and a Cocker Spaniel, who keep 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 and reached the finals in 2021. 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 pupils to help them achieve their full potential both in and out of the classroom, in many areas of school life.

Admissions Update re: Coronavirus

Kingswood House remains open for applications to join the school although additional
safeguards are in place to protect the interests of all parties. Please follow the link to our
admissions page in order to read more about our streamlined process and how to apply for a


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