A west Cumbrian school has announced the appointment of a new headteacher.
St Bees School has appointed Robin Silk as its new head, replacing Roger Sinnett who will become director of education for all St Bees schools, uniting all schools across the world to form a ‘global campus’.
Chair of the school’s management board, Mark George said: “Amongst a vast array of hugely qualified candidates we were unanimous in selecting Robin. He is the perfect leader to continue St Bees’ journey and development towards a pioneering future.”
As a University of London History graduate, Robin completed his postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) at the University of Cambridge, and later, an MBA with the Open University.
Robin brings a wealth of experience to the St Bees family, gleaned from his extensive leadership in schools during the last 20 years.
For the last 13 years, Robin has been leading schools overseas, and in some cases starting schools from scratch. He has led schools in four different continents, latterly Oporto British School in Portugal.
Robin’s own interests and passions in rugby, hockey, mountaineering and travelling – leading more than 40 expeditions across the world – lie neatly with the school’s clear and unique focus on EQ (character development).
He aims to build upon Roger Sinnett’s foundations, reviving the glory days of St Bees, but with a modern, global, perspective.
Robin said he was “absolutely delighted to be taking up the post of head of St Bees School. The history of this esteemed school makes it an attractive challenge, and coupled with the pioneering vision of the full circle team, it is a doubly enticing role.
“I am dedicated to ensuring our students have an education that prepares them for the world of the future and not just today.
“St Bees is getting a huge amount right. As head, I intend to help the school grow even more, leading it into a bright future, whilst building links with our sister schools in China, with our alumni, both in the UK and abroad, and with universities and other critical stakeholders of the school.
“From small beginnings, we expect great things and to be part of this vision, at this time, is indeed a privilege. I thoroughly look forward to getting to know the staff, students and parents and all those who retain an interest and connection with this venerable institution.
“I hope you will join me in the belief that once again, St Bees is a school with an incredible future to match its remarkable past.”