Kenneth Barnes was born in 17 September 1903 in London. He attended King’s College London, where he obtained a degree in chemistry. From 1925 to 1930 he taught science in several grammar schools. In 1930 he was appointed Head of the Science Department at Bedales School, Petersfield, Hampshire a progressive fee paying school. In 1940 he was asked with his wife Frances to establish a school at Wennington Hall, Lunesdale for children whose home lives had been effected by the Second World War. In 1948 he purchased Ingmanthorpe Hall near Wetherby and York and relocated the school to the eighty acre estate. Barnes was Headmaster of Wennington until his retirement in 1968. His second wife, Eleanor Spray had been head girl at Kennington. Barnes passed away on 29 May 1998.