British School of Amsterdam welcomes new Principal

12th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

An old hand but a new broom at the British School of Amsterdam.

Faces are changing at the British School of Amsterdam, as John Light takes over as Principal.  For him, it’s a first time in the Netherlands, but he worked as a Headteacher for 16 years in the UK and for a short spell in the Middle East.  Thus, he views the new challenges as stimulating but not daunting.

“In any case, schools aren’t about one person” he says.  “A good school needs enthusiastic teachers and parents who support.  My job is just to provide the atmosphere and the encouragement, so that everyone can feel a pride in what is being achieved.”

He says that he has already been very impressed by the team which he has joined.   “There are schools which are staffed by people who watch the clock, and who are out of the school door as soon as the bell rings.  It’s not like that here.  We all know that we have to work for our pupils and for their parents.  That means that we see the job through until it’s finished.”

He is also keen to give teachers room try new initiatives.  “Of course, we have to make sure that the basics are secure at every stage.  But beyond that, we have to encourage young people to think, to experiment and yes, to learn from mistakes as well as successes.  Above all, I reckon teachers need to inspire”.
A bit of solid sense and a clear purpose here.  Watch this space.

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