Let me introduce myself, my name is Michael Embley and I am the Regional Managing Director for China for Nord Anglia Education.
I have been with Nord Anglia for nine years and have spent time in Shanghai, Beijing and Dubai, and am now back where my career started.
More importantly than all of this though I am a father of five and a husband. Three of my children are in our school here in Pudong and two are in the UK for University.
My wife Sally is Director of Admissions and though I travel to all our sister schools in the region my home base is here.
NAIS Pudong is now fifteen years old. Part of my job is to look to the next fifteen years and I have selfish, family, reasons for making sure that the school continues to be excellent for those fifteen years.
Of the many things that made me choose this school for my own children (well, let’s be honest my wife did most of the choosing!) one of the key points was the outstanding secondary academic results. 100% A*-A at IGCSE mathematics for example. I’m rather old fashioned so this meant a great deal to me.
There were many other reasons of course but for me this was key.
I have a few announcements. I don’t believe in hyperbole so please forgive me being direct;
- NAIS Pudong will not become a bilingual school. Ever.
- We (Nord Anglia) are preparing to create a bilingual kindergarten section in the current Early Years building. This will be a separate entity entirely. The Early Years classes will move into the current primary school which will be modified and will look…beautiful. I have seen the drawings.
- My children will graduate from NAIS Pudong, and the youngest is seven.
- I like it here, we have a great school.
- I have great plans for the school in conjunction with our Principal. The school's academics are, as the parents of those students who scored so well will attest, outstanding. This is the core of what we do.
I have tried to be as direct and clear as I can here. I will be hosting a public meeting shortly and will take any and all questions.
I do find rumors difficult I must admit. They are not my style personally and I’m aware that I’m rather impatient from time to time. I thought it best therefore to meet them head on and write to you directly.
I look forward to the next fifteen years and to meeting more of you soon.
All the best