FROM THE DESK OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

In November 2014, Derek Mountford was appointed Executive Director of the G.D. Goenka World School.

As Executive Director, Derek Mountford is committed to creating a campus community where children feel respected, safe. They are inspired to learn, grow and thrive, both as individuals, as part of multiple communities and the larger community of GDGWS.

 

As Executive Director, Derek Mountford is committed to creating a campus community where children feel respected, safe. They are inspired to learn, grow and thrive, both as individuals, as part of multiple communities and the larger community of GDGWS.

In a multicultural international school that exclusively offers the IB and IGCSE curriculum, operating as a day-boarding, weekly and full-boarding school with a stimulating environment in academics, activities and sport for over 2000 children pre-K to 12, operations are often delicate and complex. Working closely across departments, the Director oversees a variety of aspects of campus life. With an eye for detail in administration, Derek works closely with his team to ensure superior pastoral care, while practising a marked focus on the Achievement Index in academics, sport and cultural pursuit, all essential attributes of effective educational administration.

With the aim of bringing the world to GDGWS and GWGWS to the world, the Executive Director’s vision of a truly global and holistic educational experience for each child at GDGWS is driven by his belief that superior infrastructure, combined with strong human resources, build an institution. Neither can stand in isolation.

While working towards a more invigorating student life, Derek sees GDGWS as a melting pot of collaborative learning, cross-departmental interaction, stimulating sport and co-curricular activities that must come together to impact children at an impressionable stage of their development. He sees the gender-free cultural mosaic of GDGWS as a phenomenal advantage for children journeying into a world rooted in global interdependence.

Equally committed to the growth and development of the faculty and staff, the very foundation of an invigorating environment of learning, he expects a reciprocal investment in children with varied needs and from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Derek believes in open and effective communication with the children, the faculty, the parents and the administrative staff, not only to ensure transparent and accountable governance, but, more so, because he sees it as a powerful means of converting a good idea into a well-implemented initiative.

He runs an open office that allows direct access to him on all matters pertaining to school life.

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