Head's Welcome

Welcome from Mr Winter, Headmaster

Maida Vale School opened its doors to Pupils for the first time in September 2020 and I am delighted to be its founding Headmaster. Maida Vale School is part of the Gardener Schools Group which includes its sister school, Kew House School, in West London. Ravenscourt Park Preparatory School and Kew Green Preparatory School complete the group.

I joined as Headmaster after 10 years of senior leadership: firstly at Felsted School, and then as Senior Deputy Head at Bethany School in Kent. I am also a trained ISI Inspector for both Compliance and Educational quality.

Maida Vale School is founded on a clearly defined ethos which is underpinned by our learning and pastoral values.  

  • We believe that each Pupil should be treated as an individual, inspired and motivated to allow them to fulfil their full potential.
  • We engender confidence and self-esteem, leading to intellectual risk taking and a love of learning through a focus on creativity across the curriculum.
  • We take a holistic approach, as we believe that there can be no artificial barriers between a Pupil’s intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual growth.

Our learning values of resilience; creativity and problem-solving; supporting and inspiring others; and reflection, inform the language of learning at the School.  Our pastoral values of mutual respect, compassion, tolerance and community responsibility are central to a School where, who you are matters.

Our staff work in partnership with both Pupil and Parents to promote Pupil success, well-being and happiness. A rich and broad curriculum delivered within a caring and nurturing environment produces confident and happy young people achieving excellent academic results.

Whilst the School uses entrance assessments to select its Pupils, we give equal weighting to interviews, achievement in all areas and school references. We believe that talent and potential should not be wasted. At full capacity, Maida Vale School will have a roll of approximately 600 boys and girls aged 11 to 18, offering small classes and tutor groups where Pupils will receive individual attention.

Many senior schools remain firmly modelled on past independent and state grammar school models. Within the Gardener Schools Group, we have successfully shown that a modern approach can bring about change for the better. Adolescents now mature socially and emotionally at a younger age and an appropriate learning environment must reflect this. Our Pupils must leave school as resilient, self-reliant young people who can problem solve creatively and understand group dynamics. These skills and values will equip our Pupils for life in the 21st century.

Maida Vale School is an energising, demanding and nurturing place to be. I look forward to welcoming you through our doors.

Mr Steven Winter
Headmaster, Maida Vale School