BA (Hons), PGCE
Andrew was born in Middlesbrough in the North East of England which is where he grew up before attending Keele University to take a degree in Philosophy and Politics. This was followed by a PGCE programme in Mathematics, teaching at the University of Nottingham. His first teaching job was volunteer work with VSO in Papua New Guinea, working in a high school in a very rural environment. Andrew then spent a year working in London before going overseas again to work at the British School of Lomé in Togo, West Africa – initially as a Mathematics teacher, then Head of Mathematics, followed by IB Diploma Coordinator. After ten years in Togo, he came to China to the first time to work at BISS – initially as Head of Mathematics before becoming Head of the IB Academy. After six years at BISS, Andrew returned to Africa for two years as Head of Secondary at the newly established École Ruban Vert in Libreville, Gabon. This was followed by a return to BISS for another two years as Head of the IB Academy before moving across the river to NAIS Pudong as Head of Secondary where he spent another two years before working at Changsha WES Academy as Assistant Principal.
The parts of teaching that excite Andrew the most are when students take on leadership responsibility to initiate their own projects and do positive things which ignite their enthusiasm and make a difference to other people; both within the school and in the wider community. When students learn through experience like this, it can be the most effective and memorable form of education. Andrew is also motivated by working with colleagues who are passionate about their teaching as well as by continuing to develop himself as a teacher and a school leader.
The thing Andrew most enjoys doing in his free time is spending time with his family and, in particular, exploring parts of China with them. He follows his local football team, Middlesbrough - this is more a source of pain than of pleasure!