Retirement Announcements

Mr Andrew Baker

Mr Andrew Baker has worn many caps since joining us over twenty years ago. Most well known for being a kind and nurturing form teacher to new boys starting in Transition, he also, for many years, looked after new teachers joining the Junior school. His legacy to the school will also include the almost £400K he has helped raise for the Obera Schools Project, an initiative he started and for which he was recently awarded the MBE.

Make a donation to Mr Baker’s retirement

Mrs Olwen Hamilton

Mrs Olwen Hamilton has been a hugely knowledgeable, intelligent and caring colleague since joining us from Surbiton High over twenty years ago. She has taught Latin in both Junior and Senior Schools and for many years was Head of RSP in the Junior School, whilst also helping out with debating.

Make a donation to Mrs Hamilton’s retirement

Commander Mitchell

In September 1983, Mr Robert Mitchell joined King’s as a newly qualified chemistry teacher.
With no prior experience, he stepped into the Naval section of the CCF, rising swiftly to become Head of Naval Section in 1984 and later assuming the role of Contingent Commander – a position he holds to this day. For over 40 years, lies an unwavering commitment to the school’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF). His dedication has extended beyond the school gates, impacting cadets and staff both locally and on the national stage.

Make a donation to Commander Mitchell’s retirement

Stephanie Dowling

For over 20 years Ms Stephanie Dowling has been at the very centre of life at King’s. She originally joined the school’s Music department as the administrator and from there she was recruited into the Admissions team. As the Senior School’s Registrar she has welcomed thousands of new pupils and their families to our community over the years.
As the voice of calm and reassurance, she has supported many navigate their way through the 11+ or 13+ or 16+ process, always a helpful guide, going above and beyond to help others – parents, children and colleagues alike.

Make a donation to Stephanie Downling’s retirement

We are calling for donations to contribute to their retirement gifts. If you wish to donate*, please do so via the donation buttons above.

Donations will be accepted until 5pm on Friday 28th June 2024 (so gifts can be arranged before end of term).

Thank you in anticipation for your generosity.


Michelle Gilligan

Chair, The Friends of King’s

* Donation proceeds are not made to the account of or for the benefit of The Friends. The Friends are facilitating the platform for convenience with all proceeds going to the intended recipient.