Alexander Houstoun-Boswall – CEO and Co-proprietor
The diversity of Alex’s own education and his involvement with the early days of the Harrodian project have given him first hand experience of the various ingredients behind the ethos of Hampton Court House. A pupil at the Lycée Français in NY, then at Colet Court and Westminster School in London, Alex went on to study Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College and Industrial Design at Brunel. For the Harrodian, where he taught Maths and Sport himself, he helped to recruit some of his own former teachers and helped to shape the school’s character.
It was Alex who discovered the then derelict Hampton Court House in 1998 and negotiated its purchase and the required finance to start up. With Eliana, he spent two years restoring the property before opening the school in 2001 with 13 pupils. Alex oversees the use of Hampton Court House as a film / photography location for events and weddings. In his role as CEO of Hampton Court House, Alex’s job is simply “to make it all work”.
Tristram Jones-Parry, M.A. – Governor & Nominated Safeguarding Governor
Tristram read Mathematics at Oxford University, then worked in the Operational Research Department of The National Coal Board. He later taught Mathematics and was Head of IT at Dulwich College. He became Head of Mathematics at Westminster School and later a Housemaster and then Under Master (Deputy Head). In 1994 he became Headmaster of Emanuel School. From 1998 to 2005 he was the Headmaster of Westminster School. From 2006 to 2008 he was Manager of the Oxfordshire Further Mathematics Centre which involved delivering the Further Mathematics curriculum in numerous maintained schools around Oxfordshire. He is also a governor of Walworth Academy, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Federation, United Westminster Schools and Solihill School. Tristram taught Alex while he was at Westminster in the 80s so it is a very fitting dénouement that Tristram now advises the school’s owners and managers on academic matters.
Eliana, Lady Houstoun-Boswall, I.S.I.T. (Paris) – Founder, Proprietor and Principal
Eliana is the founder of Hampton Court House and the former founder and Head Teacher of the Harrodian. Today she acts as the Principal of Hampton Court House. She discovered her passion for teaching at the age of twelve when she mentored her younger sister. As a parent whose own children did not have a happy school life, she decided she wanted to run a school that was academic, but where children are treated as individuals in an environment which celebrates children’s uniqueness. She has remained a committed educationalist with a unique vision for Hampton Court House. Over the years she and her staff have created a school that provides a safe environment in which children become confident, cultured and are encouraged to achieve the best for themselves. Her passion for education and her understanding of child development and psychology have been the driving forces behind the creation of the school. Eliana studied French and Russian Linguistics at Georgetown University and obtained a postgraduate degree at the Ecole d’Interprètes at the Sorbonne in Paris. Her first job was teaching English as a foreign language at West London College. Eliana’s entrepreneurial spirit and unwavering determination have carried her on a journey starting with property development and restoration in London, New York and France and culminating in her dream of creating a school for “children like [her] own”. Eliana’s first experience of school management was with Merlin School in Putney which she purchased with her husband. A few years later they purchased the grounds of the Harrodian Club and established the Harrodian School, where Eliana was founding Headmistress from 1993 to 1996, when she separated from her husband. During her time there the pupil numbers grew to 250. She acquired Hampton Court House in 1998 and refurbished it as a school in September 2001. With her son Alexander, Eliana has acquired and restored Hampton Court House with a view to improving on the Harrodian. Eliana is the very essence of Hampton Court House and her daily presence ensures that the ethos and atmosphere continue to evolve in the right direction and that current and future staff remain inspirational. She continues to teach in the junior section of the school, where she retains the title of ‘Head’.