SUN 10TH NOV
As well as British schools, there are multiple international options at the show, featuring London and easily accessed overseas schools. This panel will broaden your horizons.
Director of the British Section of the Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle Simon began his teaching career in Kingston, Jamaica, teaching French at a girls’ secondary school straight out of university.
After two wonderful years, and having survived the baptism of fire and with the teaching bug, he returned to the UK to complete his PGCE. He began his UK career in the New Forest as a teacher of French and German, before moving to London where he has spent the last twenty years, working mainly in inner London state schools, latterly Vice Principal of an academy in Hackney.
The last three years have been spent at the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle in South Kensington, where he is Deputy Head and Head of the British Section. One of the largest schools in the country, the Lycée offers French, English and bi-lingual curricula through which seven other languages are on offer. Simon feels very at home there.
Principal of Southbank International School, Paul earned Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees in chemistry from the University of Manchester before working as a research scientist at Harvard Medical School, Canada's National Research Council, and Tokyo Institute of Technology.
After a career change into teaching, Paul taught in Japan, Canada, Tanzania and China. He was previously high school principal at the American International School of Guangzhou and then at International School of Beijing. Prior to joining Southbank-Westminster, Paul was Executive Principal of YK Pao School, a private boarding school for 700+ students in Shanghai.
Robyn Chapel is the Director of Teaching and Learning at the American School in London. A former high school history and English teacher, Robyn has served as an IB diploma coordinator, assistant principal, high school principal and assistant director in international schools in Mexico, Spain and London.
Robyn holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Head of School, Barnaby Sandow joined ACS International School Cobham at the start of the current academic year following five years in south-east Asia as principal at Jerudong International School in Brunei. A passionate teacher and champion of international education, Barnaby also has many years’ experience as a deputy principal and academic director.
A firm advocate of an international education, he asserts that schooling with an international outlook is exactly the type of education that the world needs right now and that a wide experience of different cultures truly prepares young people for the diverse global society that awaits beyond campus.
Alongside ACS Cobham’s reputation for academic achievement and global university admissions, Barnaby also believes that a truly good school needs to nurture critical thinking, independence and resilience in students so that they are ready to meet life’s challenges with ease.
Mark Boobbyer has been Warden of St. Columba’s College in Dublin since 2016. From 1994-2012 he worked at Wellington College, as Housemaster, Classics teacher, Assistant Lay Chaplain and Master in Charge of Cricket. From 2012-16 he was Director of Tiger Kloof School in South Africa, engaged deeply in transformational education in one of the most disadvantaged regions of South Africa. St. Columba’s College is the only mixed full boarding school in Ireland, sister school of Radley and a member of HMC.
He believes very strongly that the UK’s exam league tables are divisive and the emphasis put on them by schools is a chief cause of stress among young people. St. Columba’s has very high academic standards, but prides itself on its inclusivity, a very strong sense of community and its emphasis on service and leadership.