Ages 11 - 18
Meet the Headteacher of Kent College Preparatory School
Mr Nik Pears joined Kent College Prep School in September 2016 following his Headship at Sevenoaks Pre-Prep. Mr Pears has a wealth of experience across the whole age range, having previously been a class teacher, senior form tutor, sports coach, Head of Music, and Designated Safeguarding Lead. Alongside his role at Sevenoaks Preparatory School, he is also an Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) Compliance Inspector.
Mr Pears was educated at St Andrew’s College, Dublin, St Dunstan’s College, London and the University of Cambridge. He comes to Kent College with experience outside of the education sector having spent some years working in the music industry. He founded and managed a company comprising a small record label, publishing company and ‘sessions’ agency, providing professional musicians for events, recordings and tours.Mr Pears is married to Emma, a professional musician and qualified teacher and father to Josiah, aged 8 and Jessica, aged 5. Together, Nik and Emma are Ambassadors for 'We See Hope', a charity working amongst AIDS orphans in sub-Saharan Africa.
Find out more about Mr Pears with his Q&A below:
1.What are you most looking forward to about joining Kent College Prep School?
There are many reasons that I am looking forward to joining Kent College. It is a school that I have admired for many years. With such a lovely warm and welcoming atmosphere, it is very clear from the moment that you walk in the door that it is a very special place. KC’s enviable reputation, not only for high academic achievement, sporting success and outstanding creative arts, but also for its wonderful ethos and first class pastoral care means that I am really looking forward to our family becoming part of the community.
2. What are your favourite pastimes / ways to relax?
I am a keen musician and enjoy singing, playing the drums and piano. I love sports and especially enjoy rugby, both playing and watching! As a family we enjoy skiing and try and hit the slopes whenever possible. One of my favourite things to do in life is to be in the mountains, skiing – blue skies, sunshine and being together with my family.
3. What is your vision for KC Prep School?
As evidenced in its recent inspection report, Kent College Prep School is an excellent school and my vision is of course for it to continue to be a place in which academic standards are high, opportunities for sports and the creative arts abound, but above all the well-being of our girls is priority one. I am wholly convinced that children who are happy, feel secure and valued will want to learn and thrive. I am committed to ensuring that KCPS does not become complacent but continues to build on the success of its past, maintain the excellence of the present and have its eyes firmly fixed on the future, striving to provide the very best education possible for every girl in its care.
4. What or who are you inspired by?
I am inspired by numerous people, as a Christian, my faith is important to me and significant figures from church history who put their faith into action have inspired me. People such as William Booth who founded The Salvation Army. Social scientist, Malcolm Gladwell, Psychologist, Carol Dweck and two great heroes from the world of education; Sir Anthony Seldon and Edward Oatley, former headmaster of the first school I taught at.
5. If you weren’t a Head what other career would you have liked?
I spent some years outside of education working in the music industry and enjoyed that time immensely. I guess at heart I am something of an entertainer and an entrepreneur - two characteristics that I actually find very helpful as a teacher and as someone leading a school.
6. What do you feel is your greatest achievement to date?
Being married to my wife, Emma and having two amazing children, Josiah and Jessica! I don’t take those things for granted!