The Aiglon Board of Directors has taken the decision to revise Aiglon’s senior executive structure, dividing the current headship function into two posts: Executive Director and Head of School.
The role of Executive Director will be assumed by Aiglon’s current Head Master, Mr Richard McDonald. Mrs Nicola Sparrow has been appointed to the position of Head of School.
Nicola accepts this new appointment after working for seven years as Aiglon’s Deputy Head of Curriculum. She joined the Aiglon community in 2012 after spending 13 years as Director of Studies at Harrow International School, Bangkok. Her career in teaching and international education spans three continents, featuring a wide range of both classroom and administrative experience.
She earned a Bachelor of Science with Honours in History and Politics from Brunel University, London, followed by a PGCE from Worcester College, Oxford University and a Masters in Business Administration with Distinction from Leicester University.
Nicola lives on campus with her family and is looking forward to her new responsibilities. “It is an absolute honour to be given this opportunity at such a unique and special school. I am absolutely delighted and looking forward to what we as a school will be able to accomplish.”
As Head of School Nicola will focus on whole school improvement and head all educational aspects of school life - academic, pastoral and co-curricular. This role is designed to be inward facing with responsibility for the school’s daily functioning.
In taking up the new outward facing role of Executive Director, Richard McDonald, Aiglon’s Head Master from 1994 to 2000 and since 2009, will focus on strategic planning, income-generation, external communication and partnerships, and major special projects. Richard will remain overall head of Aiglon College.
“I am greatly looking forward to committing my time and energy to this new role,” he stated. “Clear vision, strong relationships and the creativity to imagine and develop a vibrant school for the future are essential to secure Aiglon’s position as one of the most distinctive schools in the world.”
Dr Nicholas Tate CBE, Vice-Chair of Aiglon College and Chair of the Aiglon College Association made the announcement in a letter to staff, parents and alumni this week noting that Nicola takes up her new role with unanimous support from the Board of Directors.
In articulating the Board’s rationale for this change of structure he stated, “The intention behind these changes is both to enable the school to run more effectively on a daily basis and to allow a deeper focus on those areas on which we need to concentrate if Aiglon is to thrive in a highly competitive environment.”
Chairman Tony Jashanmal also expressed his optimism for this next phase of Aiglon’s development, saying “Aiglon is fortunate to be able to call upon such a deep pool of experience and commitment within its staff. These appointments position us very well to keep Aiglon at the forefront of innovative and relevant education.”