Founding Head Master
Previously Head Master of the British School Tokyo (BST 2003-09) and Harrow Bangkok (2012-19), Mick was AISL Harrow International Director of Group Operations before switching to Harrow Appi in October 2021. He is expert in facilities design, curriculum solutions and educational leadership. He was Vice Chair of FOBISIA and a governor of several Harrow family schools, and a charitable school in N.E. Thailand.
Under his leadership, BST was transformed; he more than doubled the enrollment, opened the ‘BST Showa’ Senior School and prepared the school for an overall ‘outstanding’ judgement in an independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) inspection.
Mick also led Harrow Bangkok to outstanding success, with exceptional examination and university entrance results affirming the school’s world-class status. He led the school’s ‘HBuild’ facilities redevelopment programme, opening a new Sixth Form Center, Creative Arts Centre, Boarding Houses and Early Years Little Lions Centre. The school’s roll significantly grew to a vibrant and diverse 1,700.
Of Harrow Appi, Mick says, ‘This is truly a unique and exciting project in the Asian educational landscape; combining Harrow academic standards and close personal tutoring methods with full boarding in the Japanese mountains is a combination that will guarantee success for our students. Despite the pandemic, we remain on schedule for opening in great style in August 2022’.
Second Master (Deputy Head Academic)
“As one of our first students, you’ll love the friends and excitement of a classic British boarding school experience. You’ll enjoy some of the very best sporting opportunities in all of Asia just outside your dormitory window; and you’ll have the wrap-around support of a faculty of experienced and talented teachers who really care about developing your passions and getting you the very best academic results, to power you through university and beyond. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, and we can’t wait to get started and get to know you!”
Fraser joins us as Second Master, as it is known in Harrow. He read Modern History at the University of Oxford before completing his PGCE at Durham University and then heading to China for his first teaching role in Beijing. Whilst in China Fraser combined teaching with journalism, contributing articles to, amongst others, The Guardian and the Scotsman newspapers in the UK. Fraser is currently Assistant Head Academic at Merchiston School in Edinburgh where he has been since 2013. He will bring focus, rigour and high academic expectations to the teaching and leaning at Harrow Appi.
Head of Design Technology
“I’m honored to be joining Harrow Appi, and am looking forward to our shared learning experiences and adventures, both inside and outside the classroom. Having grown up in the Swiss alps, I’m looking forward to reconnecting with mountain life and nature after so many years in big cities. I’m also excited to immerse myself in Japan and its culture.”
John is currently leading the development the Design Technology curriculum for the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO). Originally from Switzerland, John was educated at Sheffield Hallam University where he completed his B.Ed in Secondary Design Technology (DT). His teaching career started in the UK before he headed to posts in Hong Kong and the Middle East. He is currently ‘Head of Innovation’ at UWCSEA Singapore where he has grown the DT Department from a start-up to a world class facility. This has led to recognition of his contribution to DT and a position on the global Executive Review Committee of the IB Design Technology Curriculum for the IBO.
Head of Science
“I’m delighted to be part of the founding community at Harrow Appi and am hugely looking froward to reconnecting with nature and exploring the learning opportunities that the local area provides. ”
Amy brings a wealth of experience as our Head of Science. She studied at the University of Portsmouth, completing a BSc in Marine Biology and a PGCE in Science. Due to her commitment to lifelong learning, she later took a Postgraduate Certificate in Chemistry at the University of Sussex. Her teaching career started in the UK before moving to Malaysia as Head of Science, then Le Rosey School in Switzerland, also as Head of Science, before joining her current school, UWCSEA Singapore, again as Head of Science.
Head of Co-curricular
“I couldn’t be more excited to be joining Harrow Appi staff team, embarking on a unique adventure with a tight knit international community that combines a world-class education with the beautiful Japanese natural environment. The Appi setting will provide the inspiration for learning that will take place beyond the four walls of a classroom, utilizing the mountainous surroundings to bring topics to life. In addition, the extensive co-curricular programme will enable a truly holistic education where a wide variety of activities will enable students to try new pursuits and develop existing talents alongside their classmates and friends. The range of opportunities, specifically outdoor adventurous activities throughout the white winter and green summer seasons will provide the perfect way for students to make significant personal development by advancing a portfolio of skills for like including communication, confidence and leadership. ”
David will head up Harrow Appi’s Co-Curricular Programme (Leadership and Service Curriculum). He’s particularly suited to this role having been Director of Summer School at Aiglon College in Switzerland for a number of years. He brings a wealth of boarding experience, having set up the boarding provision as the Head of Boarding at the International School of Milan. David’s gained a PGCE in Physical Education at Cardiff University and an MA in Education at the University of Bath.
Teaching biology wasn’t Daveena’s original plan as she was very much into sports and physical education. She completed a BSc in Sports and Exercise Sciences at University of Birmingham but soon realized that it was the biology behind the sport that really held her interest. A PGCE in Biology at Goldsmiths College, London followed and later a MA in Education Management from King’s College London. Daveena’s passion for sport and biology came together in her current role as Lead Teacher of Science at Glyn School in London, where she teachers academy players from Chelsea FC.