09 May 2016

Sir Christopher Stone embraces “massive” new role leading 51 schools

Some inspirational news from the ATLP’s former CEO.

Respected international ‘superhead’, Sir Christopher Stone, has been appointed to lead 51 schools globally as part of his rapidly growing responsibilities at GEMS Education – a multinational education foundation with schools around the world.

The outstanding leader is now the chief education officer for GEMS’ MENASA arm (Middle East, North Africa and South Asia) a major role that he has been successfully carrying out on an interim basis since January.

As CEO he will have responsibility for leading all 51 schools – plus a further six, which will be built next year – on all educational matters. This involves ensuring the highest educational standards are secured for all 130,000 children and 7,000 staff in the schools that Sir Christopher looks after.

The schools comprise a range of curriculum, including the British, American, Indian and International Baccalaureate. All the schools provide high quality education, resulting in students going to attend 983 universities in 48 countries. They attend seven out of eight Ivy League and 12/15 of the top universities in the world.

Sir Christopher is a former teacher, headteacher, senior leader and government adviser. He joined

GEMS Education in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in November 2015 as senior vice president, in charge of 23 of its schools, and has progressed swiftly to his new senior position.

Sir Christopher said:

It is an incredibly exciting role with massive responsibility. The children, their parents and the principals and staff deserve the very best and I am charged with making sure that Gems maintains its position as the largest and best education provider of choice.

Gems provides incredible opportunities for all stakeholders. It has created the Global Education and Skills Forum to bring together leaders from the Public, Private and Social sectors seeking solutions to achieving education, equity and employment for all.”

With more than 50 years of education experience, GEMS Education is committed to improving the quality of education worldwide. GEMS is the leading Kindergarten to Grade 12 private education operator in the world, educating more than 250,000 children globally from 151 different nationalities. The GEMS approach to learning is one which focuses not only on academic excellence but also on providing a values-based education to every child.

The Varkey Foundation, the philanthropic arm of GEMS Education, sponsors the Global Teacher Prize which is an annual  award to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession. It celebrates the best in teachers — those who inspire their students and their community around them. It also awards the winner with a cheque for $1,000,000.

Any teacher, middle leader, senior leader or principal interested in finding out more about GEMS is encouraged to visit its website www.gems.ae

Sir Christopher is the former chief executive of the respected Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, a multi-education trust of seven schools, one teaching school and five children’s centres. He is recognised as an outstanding leader, nationally and internationally, providing strategy and support for headteachers in both the secondary and primary phases.

Prior to becoming CEO of ATLP, Sir Christopher was headteacher at the outstanding Arthur Terry School for 12 years and at Perry Beeches School for five years.  He was knighted for his services to education in 2013; given an honorary degree for his contribution to education; and invited to meet three British Prime Ministers over the years, in recognition of his stellar achievements.

Sir Christopher was one of three national leaders of education to be chosen by the National College to advise on the government’s ‘Talented Leaders’ scheme. He was also a member of the Universities’

Council for the Education of Teachers’ (UCET) School Reference Group, which works on the development and implementation of policy in the context of moves towards a schools-led teacher education system and to act as a resource for the teacher education sector and government.