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Stuart Nicholson

Stuart Nicholson, Principal has more than 20 years of international education experience, spanning both traditional boarding schools and more recently, international colleges.

Stuart started his teaching career as a Teacher of Physics at West Buckland School in 1988, before moving to Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh in 1991 and then Culford School, where he was a Housemaster, Teacher of Physics and Teacher of Business Studies from 1996 to 2006.  From 2006 to 2009, Stuart was Headmaster of Edgehill College/Kingsley School in Bideford, Devon, before moving to Cambridge, where he was Principal of Cambridge Centre for Sixth Form Studies (‘CCSS’) from 2009 to 2018.  At CCSS, Stuart managed the transition to CCSS being part of a larger group, the Stephen Perse Foundation.

In addition to these roles, Stuart was Chairman of the Independent Schools Association from 2016 to 2017 and Chairman of the Council for Independent Education from 2014 to 2016.  He is a Trustee of the Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students (AEGIS).  Stuart has exceptional administrative skills, and is a strong team builder and inspirational leader.  He is the father of Oliver (aged 24), and has been married to Deborah for 29 years.

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