Change of Headmaster at Kensington School

After 42 years in education, the last 9 of these at the helm at Kensington School, Michael Bayes is retiring at the end of this calendar year.

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In his time at the school he has overseen two successful NABSS inspections and been instrumental in the academic success of Kensington with improved results year on year.
As Head, he has been key in maintaining the very things that make Kensington special; personalised teaching, low staff turnover and a genuine desire to improve outcomes for all students.

The school thanks him for all his efforts these past years and wishes him the very best for a well- deserved retirement.


Last Easter I reached the state retirement age. However, given the pandemic situation and the complex academic cycle, it was agreed that I would continue in post for a further eight months until the end of this calendar year.

So after 42 years in teaching this term will be my last. I will, of course, be very sad to be leaving such a splendidly successful and happy school such as Kensington. It has been a genuine privilege to be able to finish my career leading such a committed group of talented teachers who work so effectively with our enthusiastic pupils. I will look back at my nine years here with great fondness and affection.

I am delighted to inform you that my successor will be Mr Duncan Giles, the current Executive Headmaster. As most of you will know DuncanĀ“s father, Edward Paul Giles, founded our school in 1966. Duncan attended as a pupil and, after university, returned to teach at Kensington. He then moved to the UK to take up a promoted post in Bath before re-joining Kensington as Assistant Headmaster some ten years ago.

More recently Mr Giles has acquired invaluable experience having led two prestigious international schools in Mallorca. It is clearly highly beneficial for you as key stakeholders, both in terms of immediate transition and future prospects, to have someone leading Kensington who has already been a successful head in two similar schools and who knows our school so intimately.

For the past few months we have been working closely together to ensure that the transfer of headmastership is smooth and unproblematic and this effective liaison will continue in the coming months for the benefit of everyone.

I am sure that our gem of a school will continue to flourish and thrive in the future under Mr GilesĀ“ leadership and I offer you all my sincere thanks for your support during my time at the helm.

It has been a pleasure.

Yours Sincerely

Michael Bayes