New headteacher for St. Ninian's

Domestic news — but as some of you may have gone to St/ Ninian’s I thought it worthy of blogging:

The Department of Education is pleased to announce that Andrew Fox has been appointed Headteacher of St Ninian’s High School in Douglas with effect from 1st September. Mr Fox will move from being Deputy Head Teacher responsible for the Lower School at St Ninian’s, a post he has held for eight years. He succeeds George Quayle, who retires this July after 15 years as Headteacher of St Ninian’s.

Andy trained at the City of Liverpool College of Higher Education, gaining a joint Honours Degree in History and Geography followed by a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. He has taught at St Ninian’s High School for 24 years, having had varied experience ranging from classroom teacher to Head of Year and Department, Curriculum Manager and more recently Deputy Head Teacher. As such, he has a very wide and detailed experience of education at secondary level.

Andy’s wife, Jan, is Manx born and this is the reason the family moved to the Isle of Man in 1985. She teaches Maths and Science. Both of their children studied at St Ninian’s. The eldest, Beth, graduated last summer from Chichester University with a Master of Arts and is presently working in theatre production in London. Younger daughter Andrea is studying History at Sheffield Hallam University.

Andy is a keen sportsman, having represented the Isle of Man in many Island Games as a distance runner. He is a European Championship medalist in the veteran age groups and coaches both younger and older distance runners on the Island. He has a keen interest in History and Archaeology.

St Ninian’s High School is the Island’s second largest school, with 1,318 pupils on the register.