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ISB Welcomes New Head of School

September, 2017
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isb-new-head-of-school-patrick_hurworth_dsc9771The International School of Beijing (ISB) is delighted to welcome Patrick Hurworth as their new Head of School, starting from the 2017-18 school year. 

Hurworth joins ISB with over 20 years of experience in international education in the UK, US and Europe – most recently as High School principal at Hong Kong International School (HKIS). 

He sees his role as ISB’s leader as a chance to provide stewardship and foster engagement. "The building blocks for success are already in place here," he said. "Ultimately my role is to give this community space to think, reflect, take risks, and innovate together."

Hurworth first visited ISB in 2014 to attend a workshop for school leaders in Asia. "Naturally, I was immediately impressed," he said. "This is the oldest, largest school in Beijing, and one of most reputable, most successful schools in Asia; when the opportunity arose to be Head of School here, I jumped at it." 

Before joining ISB, Hurworth served three years as High School Principal at the prestigious HKIS, a co-educational private day school. He joined HKIS from Atlanta International School (AIS), a Pre-K through Grade 12 IB World School in Georgia, US. At AIS, Hurworth was Head of Secondary School, where in addition to guiding the educational lives of the Secondary School student body, he directed the Middle and High School Principals, and managed budgets, operations, and recruitment. Prior to AIS, he was the Co-Head of the Humanities Department at the International School of Geneva, leading a 17-strong team in integrating the French and English teaching programs, creating common assessments for the first time and developing a cohesive bilingual humanities curriculum. Hurworth’s educational credentials include a Bachelor of Arts (Special Honors) in Geography from the University of Hull, UK, and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education from the University of Nottingham, UK. He holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Management from the University of Bath, UK, and a Leadership Certificate from Webster University Geneva, Switzerland. Hurworth and his wife, Karen, have two teenage children: daughter Ella and son Daniel.


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