Mr. Pass hails from a large town in England called Oldham which is about 10 kilometres from the famous city of Manchester. He and his wife, Katie, joined Léman in 2016 as our Head of Secondary. He has been teaching since 1992 and has held senior leadership positions in a wide variety of different schools since 2002.
After leaving his hometown in 1983, Mr. Pass attended the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland where he obtained his first degree: B.A. (Hons.) in European Studies. Amongst other things, he was required to learn French and German and opted to work as an English Language teacher in the Black Forest area of Germany in his overseas placement. This was his first taste of teaching.
Mr. Pass briefly spent some time in the hotel and catering industry before returning to education. He had enjoyed his time teaching in Germany and now wanted to use his language teaching skills by teaching German to British school students. In order to do that, he needed to gain his P.G.C.E. teaching qualification. This time he studied at the University of Aberystwyth in Wales before embarking on his first position as a Teacher of German at a secondary school in Northamptonshire, England.
Over the years, Mr. Pass has taught various subjects in addition to German in a variety of schools in England, New Zealand and Qatar. Along the way, he achieved an M.A. in Educational Leadership from the Open University as well as England’s prestigious headteachers’ qualification: the N.P.Q.H. (National Professional Qualification in Headship).
During Mr. Pass’s tenure as Head of Secondary, the secondary school has gone from strength to strength. It has risen in numbers attracting staff and students from all over the globe. He was particularly pleased with the following achievements: a successful five year review for our IB Diploma Programme, the accreditation of the school’s Middle Years’ Programme, which has helped to transform the school as well as the 2020 cohort of students achieving remarkable success with their IB Diploma scores enabling them to gain access to the world’s greatest and most famous universities.