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  • A Warm Welcome

    Situated in the heart of a thriving expat community, our school is home to families from all over the world

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Geography & History Teachers

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    Cliodhna Bonner

    Head of Geography

    Cliodhna Bonner

    Cliodhna gained her BA in Geography and Archaeology from the National University of Ireland in 2007 and then her PGCE fro the University of Cumbria, UK in 2011.

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  • William Walker

    William Walker

    Head of History and TOK

    William Walker

    William graduated from the University of Edinburgh, UK in 2006 with a Masters degree in Classics and Medieval History.  After graduating he trained to become an English language specialist before taking on a position in Spain, where as well as gaining experience teaching a wide range of ages and levels he also met his future wife in a Spanish class.  Following her back to her hometown of Shanghai William worked at a well-respected Chinese university for over three years, initially as an ESL teacher and later as Director of Studies.  William then decided to return to the UK so he could apply for PGCE courses, during which time he worked at a prestigious adult language school in Worcester.

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  • Emma James

    Emma Louise James

    Head of Year 7, KS3 Coordinator and Geography Teacher

    Emma Louise James

    Having completed a Geography BSc degree at the University of Wolverhampton, England, Emma then worked in industry for two years. Following this, she went on to complete her PGCE at the University of Birmingham. Since graduating she has worked as a geography teacher, Advanced Skills Teacher (AST), Lead Practitioner and Literacy Manager in a suburban school in the West Midlands where she remained until her family moved to Shanghai in 2015. During those 15 years, she has worked with Newly Qualified Teachers and other mainstream schools around the country to improve the quality of teaching and learning, alongside sharing good practice.

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  • Holly Brown

    Holly Brown

    Teacher of Geography

    Holly Brown

    Holly gained a 2:1 (hons) in Geography (BA) from the University of Manchester in 2012 and then her PGDipEd from the University of Birmingham in 2013. She worked at an outstanding school in Birmingham, UK for three years where she developed her classroom practice, planned whole year group fieldtrips and assisted students on nine Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions. For the last two years Holly has been working at a different international school in Shanghai, establishing techniques for teaching students with English as a second language as well as being her own head of department and creating exciting and interesting schemes of work. Holly is passionate about promoting her subject and her love of Geography. She hopes to create a sense of awareness and wonder of the world and its issues for her students. 

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  • Edward Beechey

    Edward Beechey

    Assistant Headteacher (Curriculum)

    Edward Beechey

    Ed graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2009 with a Masters degree in Modern History. After flirting with the possibility of a career in politics, he spent a year making his way across Russia, Mongolia, China, Nepal and India by train, before embarking upon a teaching career in a school in ‘challenging circumstances’ in East London. Through the Teach First programme, Ed completed a PGCE at Canterbury Christchurch University whilst teaching History and Government and Politics. His three years in London gave Ed a strong grounding in teaching EAL students, an appreciation of internationalism in education and the belief that all students - regardless of circumstance - have the ability to enjoy and excel in the study of History. 

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  • Rebecca Ann Kernaghan

    Rebecca Kernaghan

    History and TOK Teacher

    Rebecca Kernaghan

    Having studied History at King’s College London, Rebecca went on to complete my teacher training at the London Institute of Education. She then worked in several of the top state schools in London, including Latymer Grammar School, Fortismere and the London Oratory School. 

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