These results have been achieved by adopting Nord Anglia’s ‘Be Ambitious’ philosophy and applying it to the school’s five key pillars; Academic Excellence, STEAM with MIT, Performing Arts with Juilliard, Internationalism and Sport.
Originally from Northamptonshire in England, Andrew has worked in teaching for over twenty-five years. He attended the University of Sheffield, studying Geography as an undergraduate. Andrew then moved to St.Mary's, Twickenham to study a PGCE in Geography and History. He began his teaching career at a school in Essex, teaching Geography at all levels.
As a keen advocate of hands-on learning, Andrew took students on numerous fieldtrips to extend their learning and bring Geography to life – both in the UK and France. This continued as he took up a senior leadership post at a school in Northamptonshire. History students enjoyed tours in Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic and Hungary, exploring the architecture and history of cities in Eastern Europe. He has also encouraged students to travel and to challenge themselves through sporting activities – kayaking in the Ardeche, France, sailing on the Mediterranean, skiing in Andorra and trekking in Botswana and Zambia.
The opportunity to work at BISS Puxi presented Andrew with the chance to explore the international school environment and the prospect of a new challenge in a different part of the world. Andrew and his wife had visited China in 2004 and were determined to return to explore further. He has two young sons whom he believes will benefit from the culture of shared learning within the international community. In his own teaching he is a great believer in making learning relevant to students’ lives and exploring new ideas through effective questioning and discussion, challenging and enjoyable engagement, regular feedback, and peer and self- improvement strategies.
Andrew began his career at BISS Puxi as Head of Key Stage 3 before taking on the role of Head of Secondary in August 2015. Andrew has always developed good working relationships with students, parents and staff – he believes that this formula is the key to excellent student progress. He sees supporting the social, emotional and pastoral needs of pupils as a priority, partnered with a balanced curriculum that allows students to find their passions and be the very best they can be.
Andrew has varied interests – he is an enthusiastic footballer and runner. He enjoys listening to music, reading an eclectic mix of books and spending time with his wife Lisa, who also teaches at the school. Their two sons continue to thrive at the school. There is always a lot for them to explore as a family in Shanghai itself and they have enjoyed travelling in Asia, visiting places both within China and elsewhere in the region. You can see more of Andrew at BISS Puxi in our school video.