May 20, 2012
Knightsbridge School, Knightsbridge
On Friday we visited Knightsbridge School, right in the heart of Knightsbridge, just down the road from Harrods. Situated in two huge townhouses, the school is just six years old but was previously a Hellenic school that closed. This visit came about as one of the students at the school used to go to Kent Place School in Summit New Jersey and her mother still regularly reads the Kent Place school newsletter. She saw that I was coming to London and got in touch. I love how the world works!
I really enjoyed talking to the students and it was clear once we started that the class was very culturally diverse. Apparently there are no English students in this particular group – mostly American, Italian, Russian and an Australian too. The school obviously attracts many expat children.
The school is quite large – around 300 students and is developing their traditions. They are also opening satellite schools in other countries.
From Knightsbridge we headed to Random House’s main office in Vauxhall Bridge Road where I was having a quick meeting with Dame Gail Rebuck, the CEO. You’d be right in thinking I was a little nervous, but having already met her once before in Australia and knowing that her staff think she’s wonderful, as soon as we met my jitters abated. Gail’s office is on the 8th floor which has the most amazing views of the Thames and the city. We chatted about this and that and it was great to have an opportunity to thank her for championing Alice-Miranda to come to the UK. She’s a truly amazing woman who took over the reins of the company in her late thirties. It was all a bit surreal – if anyone had said two years ago when we launched Alice-Miranda at home that I’d be meeting Dame Gail Rebuck in her office in London this week I’d have said they were mad. There’s really not much more to say except perhaps, wow!