Thomas was part of a leadership team that was recognised by the Department of Education (DFE) and the Secretary of State for Education with a ‘Character Award’, and this underpins his educational philosophy. Most recently, he has been Head of Secondary at the Nord Anglia Compass International School in Doha, Qatar, for three years. During his tenure, the school's exam results at both IGCSE and the IB Diploma Programme have increased every year.
Thomas strives to be a role model for students and staff and has undertaken various qualifications to ensure his specialist knowledge in education and leadership is updated. He strives to pass on his thirst for knowledge to the students and to inspire a fascination and curiosity. He believes that students should feel engaged with what and how we teach, to inquire and ask questions, to struggle and challenge themselves for what they believe the answer is. We should also teach them how to deal with challenges, and the resilience skills and techniques required when stretched to ensure healthy minds. He enjoys keeping up to date with teaching and learning articles and sharing them with colleagues.
Thomas believes that a school should not be judged only on academic results, but the opportunities for students to grow and become our future leaders. We must also give them the skills necessary to compete and succeed in a world in which technology and employment opportunities are changing at pace. He looks to cultivate a culture to ensure each child develops key values and qualities.
The majority of Thomas' spare time is usually taken up supporting one of his three children in their interests. They are very excited to be living in Shanghai and the opportunities on offer from the school and city living. His supporting roles merge somewhere between football, Super Mario and ballet. He hopes to utilise the opportunity of being in China to broaden their horizons and experiences; visiting Chengdu, Harbin, Yangshuo and Suzhou are at the top of the family's list.