Prince George’s new school to be led by former Kenyan teacher

Simon O’Malley
Simon O’Malley. Photo: Thomas's London Day School

When Prince George joins one of three reception classes at private day school Thomas’s Battersea in September, he won’t be the only fresh starter.

Also new to the school will be Aberdeen University graduate and former Kenyan teacher Simon O’Malley, who is moving from Wellesley House School in Kent, where he has worked for the last 11 years.

After gaining his PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education), Simon gained extensive experience at schools both in the U.K. and abroad.

In 1987, his career took him to Kenya where he began working at The Banda School in Nairobi as Head of English.

Situated on Magadi Road opposite the Nairobi National Park, Banda School officially opened its doors to twenty-four children, eight teaching staff and a Headmaster in September 1966.

Today, it is among the best international schools in Kenya and one of the largest Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) schools in the world outside the United Kingdom.

Tour de France cycling champion Chris Froome is among the former pupils and representatives from the school supported him during this year’s race.

After working at The Banda School for seven years, he joined Newland House in Twickenham in 1994. He then became Deputy Head of Beaudesert Park in 1997 and was appointed Headmaster of Wellesley House in 2006.

Father of two Simon is married to Katy, who will be joining her husband at the school, teaching art.