I have been a geography and business management teacher and, during the last 12 years, director of schools in Singapore, Montenegro, Ecuador and Spain, leading dynamic, outstanding community schools and working with many inspirational staff, students and families. I come to ICS London from my most recent leadership roles, the Founding Principal of EtonHouse International Education Group in Singapore and before that as Interim Director of the British School of Málaga, Spain.
It is a privilege to have been appointed and entrusted with the role of leading the secondary school towards the next phase of the ICS vision from August 2023. It gives me great pleasure to introduce myself as the new Secondary Principal of ICS London.
I am a firm believer that education lays the foundations for young people to be able to succeed in the world today. This should be a fine balance between academic excellence and the personal development of the whole student. It is my belief that there should not be a compromise. Students should achieve academic excellence and they should build the skills and the confidence it takes to excel in their areas of interest or natural aptitude.
I am originally from London and after having moved to Liverpool to study Geography at the University of Liverpool, I returned to London to complete my PGCE teaching qualification in Primary Education at St. Mary's University, Twickenham. My studies continued, as I completed my MA in Educational Leadership and Management at The University of London UCL Institute of Education. I have previously taught and led in English National Curriculum, IPC and IB PYP schools in the UK, Portugal and Qatar.
I was born here in London, but I moved with my family to Atlanta, GA, USA when I was 5 years old and completed all of my education there. After earning a B.S.Ed in English Education from the University of Georgia, I began teaching middle school English (ages 11-14). I became AVID programme certified, and I also earned a gifted endorsement to add to my teaching certificate. I later returned to school and earned my M.S. Ed, also in English Education, from Georgia State University and moved on to teach high school English (ages 15-18) in various different schools.
Originally from Mauritius where I trained as an accountant, I was then transferred to London to continue my training. I then joined an accountancy firm where I met my lovely wife, we have been married for almost 20 years and we have one son named Neil who is 10 years old. In my free time I like to spend time with my family and I am an avid supporter of Manchester United.
My teaching career began 17 years ago. I began to volunteer with a local charity which supported young people with developing their reading skills. I realised that teaching was something I loved and particularly became passionate about supporting young people with disabilities and additional learning needs to learn and achieve their aims. I then moved into learning support roles in schools and colleges before finally moving to London to pursue my PGCE in 2010. Once I finished I applied to ICS London. It was a stroke of luck that I found a school that was as passionate about inclusive education as I was.
Daniel Jones has been Chief Education Officer of Globeducate since 2016. He chairs several Globeducate school boards and with more than 30 years of experience in education, Daniel is responsible for the quality of the educational offering and strategy across the Globeducate network of schools. He has developed the Globeducate Platinum Standard – a bespoke school evaluation framework and development tool – and spends much of his time working closely with school leaders and teachers in our schools and leading professional development initiatives. Prior to his role with Globeducate he was a Head Teacher, Inspector and Lead Inspector of Schools for NABSS (National Association of British Schools in Spain).
"The environment at ICS London is safe and trusting which enables an open door culture of working together. The size of the school means the impact of staff and student work can be felt more immediately and have greater significance which, I feel, is unique to ICS London." James Kendall
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