Mr N I Kendrick
MA (Ulster) BEd (Hons) (Nottingham)
Ian Kendrick taught in a Nottingham comprehensive school before his first teaching appointment at a preparatory school in 1979. He was Head of English at Cabin Hill (Campbell College Preparatory School, Belfast) and Dulwich College Preparatory School, before returning to the former school as Headmaster in 1996. He joined Durston House as Headmaster in January 2005. Married, with three grown-up children, Ian lists his other interests as the jazz guitar and the theatre. He reads avidly, including The Great Gatsby on an annual basis, to remind himself of the power of prose writing at its elegant best.
Mr W J Murphy
BA (Auckland) DipTch
William Murphy joined Durston House, as Deputy Head in May 2000, having previously worked as an English teacher in other London prep schools. Born and educated in New Zealand, he lived and worked in Asia before coming to the UK. William has a love of all things Spanish, and spends as much time as possible there, brushing up on his communication skills, enjoying the sea air and sampling its culinary delights. He is a keen theatre-goer, lists A Confederacy of Dunces as his favourite book and, being a Kiwi, has rugby in his veins.
Mrs J Twyford
Jenny was recruited as Bursar at Durston House in January 2005, having previously been the Bursar at a Prep School and an Adult Education College. Born in South Africa but brought up and educated in Ealing, she has run her own business and worked as a Finance Executive in the industrial chemical manufacturing industry. Jenny has two children and five grandchildren; is a keen tennis player, having played competitively in the Middlesex League, and continues to play regularly.
Ms J Sparks
Diplom-Kaufmann (Koblenz) PGCE
Director of Studies
German-born, but London-based for over two decades now, Janina Sparks enjoyed a career in international Management Consulting prior to training as a teacher. Janina joined Durston in 2003, at a time when her son entered the school in Year 1. Whilst he has long outgrown Durston, Janina has worked in a number of capacities, from class teacher in Years 3 and 5 to specialist teacher of Mathematics and French. A stint as the school’s Studies Manager satisfied her love of spreadsheets and organisational matters. During the school holidays, Janina enjoys travelling, especially in Europe, and spending time with her family.
Mr S Perkins
BEd (Hons) (Plymouth)
Head of Junior School
Steven Perkins has worked at Durston House since January 2000, having spent his first year teaching at Westminster City Boys’ School. A keen footballer, Steven has represented England’s Semi-Professional National Team. In addition, six full caps for England’s Futsal team followed. Steven grew up next door to Royal Birkdale Golf Club and honed his sporting skills on the beaches of Southport. Steven spends all of his ‘free time’ with his wife and three girls, playing in London’s parks with Maurice the dog, visiting grandparents and playing sport.
Mrs C Green
BA (QTS) (St Mary’s) MA (OU)
Head of Complementary Curriculum
Ealing born and bred, Clare Green returned to her roots after boarding at Taunton School and studying to be a teacher at St Mary’s, Twickenham. She joined the staff of Durston in 1999, initially as a Year 3 class teacher. Her focus, now, is heading the History Department, as well as managing the co-curricular life of the school, as a member of the management team. Clare has combined all this with being a Durston mother. Family life is her joy. Travelling with her husband and children, both within the UK and abroad, keeps her holidays busy; she is proud to have visited all the National Parks in the British Isles. When not baking or doing the ‘karate run’, Clare likes to escape to the world of the theatre.
Miss C Hands-Wicks
BA (Joint Hons) (St Mary’s) MEd PGCE
Acting Head of Pre-Prep
Charlotte grew up in Chiswick and attended Notting Hill and Ealing High School with her sister, while her brother attended Durston House. It seemed very fitting when a job came up at Durston and she joined as a NQT in 2009. Charlotte had enjoyed a career in Marketing before beginning her life in Education. After completing her PGCE, she gained her MA in Leading Innovation and Change in Education. Charlotte loves to travel and has been all over the globe with her husband and daughter. She hopes to visit at least 100 countries in her lifetime and is currently halfway to her goal.