Mr David Tongue to join St George’s as new Principal

St George’s British International School is delighted to formally announce the appointment of Mr David Tongue as the new Principal of St George’s, effective 1 January 2019.  His appointment concludes an extensive selection process that attracted high-calibre applicants from across the globe. 
 
Mr Tongue’s appointment represents an exciting and ambitious new chapter for St George’s, designed to build on our strong culture of inclusiveness, proven academic excellence and high quality of teaching, whilst accelerating the building of a 21st century educational experience for pupils and their families.
 
He will build on the legacy of Mr Martyn Hales, who has announced his retirement after 10 years as Principal of the school. Mr Hales will remain in his role until the end of 2018, to oversee and support the transition of leadership.  
 
Mr Tongue joins St George’s from Brighton College Bangkok. Brighton College is the highest achieving co-educational school in the UK, with a global reputation for academic excellence and innovation. He was responsible for the leadership of the start-up, growth and development of two international campuses of Brighton College, in the UAE and Thailand. Both schools have benefited from exceptional teaching staff, rapid growth in pupil numbers and strong academic and inspection results.
 
Prior to joining the Brighton College group, Mr Tongue was Head of the Falkland Islands Community School and Director of Education for the Falkland Islands Government, and Head of Department and Curriculum Director at Runnymede College for 7 years in Madrid, Spain. He began his career in the UK in 1999 as a Teacher of Geography at Kingsfield School, before joining North Kesteven School as Head of Geography in 2001. He holds a BSc (Hons) Geography from Loughborough University, an MSc Educational Leadership from the University of Leicester and a PGCE from the University of Bath.
 
Speaking on his appointment, Mr Tongue stated:

“I am thrilled and honoured to be entrusted with the important responsibility of leading St George’s. I have been a keen observer of the reputation for excellence, inclusion and the strong sense of community at St Georges, and as a father of school-aged children, I understand what parents expect and look for when selecting a school.” 
 
“I look forward to meeting each member of staff, parents and especially pupils and working together to provide the best possible education that continues to prepare our children to strive for excellence. I am especially looking forward to building on the legacy of Martyn Hales in maintaining the strong culture and values which are so important to St George’s”.
 
Mrs Maria Teresa Anderson, D’Eccellis, Chairperson of the Board of Governors, said: 
 
“The Board extends its enormous gratitude to all members of the St George’s community who have played a role in the selection process, from the search panel, to the teachers who attended interview sessions, and to the student representatives who spoke at great length with our candidates, gave tours, and proudly represented the school.”
 
“Mr Tongue’s international background and outstanding achievements will serve to lead, reinforce and enhance our position as Rome’s leading international school with an objective to further develop St George’s into a leading inclusive European school.”   
 
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