Andrew took students on numerous fieldtrips to extend their learning and bring geography to life – both in the UK and France. This continued as he took up a leadership post at a school in Northamptonshire. History students enjoyed tours in Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic and Hungary, exploring the architecture and history of cities in Eastern Europe. He has also encouraged students to travel and to challenge themselves through sporting activities – kayaking the Ardeche in France, sailing on the Mediterranean, skiing in Andorra and trekking in Botswana and Zambia.
He has enjoyed new challenges in teaching Maths and ICT for the last few years. He very much wanted to explore the international school environment and the decision to come to BISS Puxi involved the prospect of a new challenge in a different part of the world – he and his wife had visited China before and were determined to return to explore further. He has two young sons whom he believes will benefit from the culture of shared learning within the international classroom. In his own teaching he is a great believer in making learning relevant to students’ lives and exploring new ideas through effective questioning and by seeking the opinions of the learners regularly in lessons.
Andrew began his career at BISS Puxi as Head of Key Stage 3 before taking the role of Head of Secondary in August 2015. Andrew has always developed good working relationships with students, parents and staff – he believes that this formula is the key to excellent student progress.
Andrew has varied interests – he is an enthusiastic footballer. He enjoys reading and spending time with his wife Lisa, who also teaches at the school. They have two young sons who have made a smooth adjustment to life in Shanghai. There is always a lot for them to explore as a family in Shanghai itself and they have enjoyed travelling in Asia, visiting places both within China and elsewhere in the region.