Kensington and Chelsea’s central location makes it a fantastic place to work and live. Nearby underground lines, including Notting Hill Gate (Central, Circle and District lines) and Ladbroke Grove (Hammersmith, City Line), allow teachers to easily access the city and beyond; pretty handy for those teachers who want are looking for teaching jobs in Kensington and Chelsea’s excellent schools without the hassle of expensive accommodation!
Like all London boroughs, Kensington and Chelsea has a wide selection of schools for teachers to choose from; 26 primary schools, 5 secondary schools and 2 special schools. However, this royal borough’s educational system is made unique by nearly 20 independent schools, almost 4 times the number of private schools in other London boroughs. These excellent schools have fantastic resources, extremely high academic standards and are always on the look out for outstanding teachers.
However, the large number of schools in Kensington and Chelsea means that there are opportunities available to suit everyone, even those who wish to work in state schools. Kensington and Chelsea schools offer a range of contracts including day-to-day, short-term and long-term teaching jobs and many teachers end up securing permanent contracted teaching positions.
For such a central borough, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has a surprisingly large amount of parks and other open spaces where one can relax or enjoy a picnic after a hard day teaching.
Holland Park is one of the more well-known parks in the borough and is said to be the most romantic park due to its abundant wildlife and secluded hideaways. Part of the park is semi-wild woodland but the central section of the park is more formal with several garden areas that surround the ruins of Holland House. The southernmost section is used for sport and is the perfect place to have a kick around with friends.
There is a lot to do and see in Holland Park: there are tennis courts and a cricket pitch, a Japanese garden, a famous Orangery, one of London’s best equipped children’s playgrounds as well as a youth hostel. The remains of the house form a backdrop for the open air Holland Park Theatre which stages many opera performances through out the summer.
Besides relaxing in the beautiful parks that this borough has to offer, you could entertain yourself in other ways… Why not try one of the most famous markets in the world which is remembered from the film ‘Notting Hill’ down on Portobello Road?
Lastly, on the winter days when relaxing in parks, strolling around markets and playing sports may not be an option; there are still plenty of things to keep you entertained. There are loads of must-see famous museums, including the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the V&A art museum, and shops that cater to every need and desire…there is always something to do in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. You will definitely “shop ‘til you drop” …and where better a place to start that the world famous Harrods!