As a former pupil of Stonyhurst St. Mary’s Hall (SMH) and Stonyhurst College in the UK, Sam is filled with enthusiasm at the prospect of commencing his new role as Assistant Head (Pastoral) in the Junior School for the upcoming academic year at Stonyhurst International School, Penang.

Following his departure from Stonyhurst as a pupil, he pursued studies in art and successfully completed a degree in Interior Architecture & Design in Leeds, graduating with First-Class Honors. He then gained experience working in an architect’s practice before furthering his education with a Primary Maths Specialist PGCE at Edge Hill University. For the past decade, he has dedicated himself to teaching at St. Mary’s Hall, Stonyhurst, UK. During the summer months, he served as the Director of Activities at the Stonyhurst Summer Language school, broadening his understanding of working with EAL (English as an Additional Language) pupils, offering a rich and diverse program to support all aspects of the whole child.

As a teacher, he expresses his creativity effectively, communicating his vision and innovative ideas through high-quality teaching to all the pupils he instructs, inspiring them each day. Over the years, he has actively led children through their educational journey, taking on various leadership roles across a broad curriculum and a supportive pastoral setting. Advocating for pupil well-being and nurturing personal growth, he eagerly anticipates creating a supportive environment for all students to flourish.

He is grateful to share this opportunity with his wife Corinna, also a teacher at SMH, and their daughter, Florence, all of whom are excited about their new lives in Penang. Outside of school, his interests primarily revolve around his active nature and sports. He enjoys watching and participating in most sports, with a particular passion for football and golf. While seeking to continue these hobbies in Malaysia, as a family, they are excited to embark on new adventures when exploring and traveling around the island. The possibilities that lie ahead are a source of great excitement, and they eagerly await the opportunity to meet new people and discover what Malaysia has to offer.

Having spent numerous years at Stonyhurst, he is excited to embark on the next chapter of his journey and share his experiences and knowledge of the mission, values, and identity that a Stonyhurst education can provide to pupils, staff, and parents alike within the wider Stonyhurst community. To be part of this new chapter in the school’s modern history presents an enticing and exciting opportunity. As staff, he is confident that together, they can inspire the children to achieve the vision of excellence that this school promotes. By following the school motto, ‘Quant Je Puis,’ and doing ‘All that we can,’ they aim to nurture excellent young men and women for others.”