Dear Parents,


Appointment of Andy Atkinson as Dwight School London Upper School Principal.


Following a thorough, four month recruitment process, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Andy Atkinson as the new Upper School Principal, succeeding John Hopkins who is retiring in July. Andy will take up his post in transition with John during the summer term.


Andy has been involved in International Schools for over 25 years as a teacher of Humanities and Theatre Studies, Head of Department, Headteacher and Director. He also spent five years with the International Baccalaureate, heading up the Diploma Programme Development team in The Hague and as Director of IB Global School Services at the IB Global Centre for Americas in Washington DC. His international experience has been in Italy, Spain, Argentina, the UK, the Netherlands and the USA.


Andy is a fluent Spanish speaker having worked in bilingual schools in Barcelona, Madrid and Buenos Aires. Andy is known for his passionate beliefs in international education and has experience and knowledge of the IB, its philosophy, the programmes and the organisation. Andy joins us from the International School of London where he most recently worked as a Director of UK Schools.


Andy visited the school this month during recruitment and met with some staff, students and parents and impressed us with his insights into international education, his skills in building and managing teams, his understanding of the joys and challenges of delivering the IB programmes and his positive outlook. He is very excited about joining Dwight after the Easter break and is looking forward to a period of consultation with the school community on the needs and aspirations for the current and future Upper School students.


He will join us at the Personal Project exhibition being held next Tuesday, 28th February from 6.00pm in the Jubilee Hall. All members of our school community are invited to join us on this evening to to be inspired by our students' achievements in the Personal Project and to meet Andy and welcome him into our school community.


Kind regards


Alison Cobbin
Head of School

Dwight School London

6, Friern Barnet Lane. N11 3LX

+44 208 8920 0600