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Robin Silk - Headmaster

Robin Silk was born in Watford, UK in 1972.  He grew up in England, Germany, Ireland and Australia. Robin went to boarding school from the age of 7, first at the Catholic Prior Park Prep School in the west of England and then at the Duke of Yorks’ Royal Military School in Dover. He went onto study History at the University of London before completing his PGCE at the University of Cambridge. In 2008 he completed a MBA with the Open University. He started his teaching career in the UK, as Head of History at the Leys School in Cambridge, and then as a boarding Housemaster and Head of Sixth Form at Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh. This will be his fourth headship, in a fourth continent, having previously headed up schools in Dubai, Murcia in Spain and in Zambia. He is an International Schools Inspector for the ISI, a trained Heads’ mentor, and a member of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) and Latin American Heads’ Conference (LAHC).

He believes that all students should develop creative and critical thinking skills, to become life-long learners. As a former coach of rugby, hockey, cricket and football, a Mountain leader, and having led over 30 international expeditions and trips across the world he is also a firm advocate of education being about more than just offering a narrow academic education. A holistic education, with academic excellence at its heart is central to his philosophy of schooling.

Having long since abandoned his rugby playing career due to various knee injuries, his pastimes are mountaineering, cycling, reading and spending as much time as possible travelling with his family.