“We have determination and passion to create a unique learning environment”
With over 20 years’ experience working in the world of education, Mrs Adele Stanford is more than ready to undertake her new challenge as the newly appointed Headteacher of King’s College, The British School of Latvia.
The school, to be opened next September in the municipality of Babites (Riga), will be the first British Curriculum school in the country and Adele’s vision for it is very clear: “It will be a school where academic rigour and creativity go hand in hand and where Latvian and British cultures meld together to create an innovative learning community”
Mrs Stanford has worked as a teacher, consultant, adviser, Deputy Headteacher, Head of Primary and as an inspector in state and independent sectors, both in the UK and internationally. She is an advocate of Values Based Education and she is in the process of achieving recognition by IVET (the International Values- based Education Trust) for her work in her previous school.
She has recently relocated to Riga from Córdoba (Spain), where she has been working as Head of Primary at The British School of Cordoba for the last decade. Just a couple of weeks since her arrival, she has been kind enough to answer a few questions for us and tell us more about the imminent school opening.
What will be your main objectives as the Headteacher of King’s College Latvia?
I would say that my first objective will be to get to know the country and community that I am working in and to ensure King’s College Latvia plays an active role in the local community.
In the school, I will work hard to create a learning environment that will excite the children each day they come. I’m eager to build relationships with parents, pupils and KCL staff and to ensure that every member of the school community is aligned to the school ethos, values and expectations. If this is in place, together we will be successful in creating a model school.
Laslty of course, I will ensure that we bring the King’s College Group vision to life – Everything that we do is underpinned by thisvision which is “to be at the forefront of British education internationally.”
What will make King’s College Latvia special?
The fact that we are the first British Curriculum school in the Baltics makes us not only special, but gives all of us involved a real sense of excitement and privilege, as well as a recognition of the great responsibility we have to build a school like no other. I think one of the most special things about the school is the attitude of those involved in shaping it- there’s a determination and passion to create a unique learning environment.
It is also worth mentioning that our native British teachers and their professional calibre. King’s College’s teachers have regular training on the latest educational issues and effective practice, which means that students at KCL will benefit from up to date, motivated and dynamic educators.
Another aspect that will make us unique will be the school’s facilities and location: in a plot approximately 20.000 m2, KCL will offer students the safest, most comfortable and innovative spaces where special care and attention has particularly been paid to the creative use of the space and the layout and design, in order to facilitate and promote an enjoyable learning experience for all our students.
How do you think the school will benefit Latvian students?
King’s College Latvia will allow Latvian students to embrace their own culture and language alongside that of the British education system. They will follow the English National Curriculum, with a wide range of subjects available, leading eventually to IGCSEand A Level examinations. This programme of study is accepted worldwide and will allow Latvian pupils to access the top universities across the globe, joining the ranks of other King’s College alumni who have attended universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Berkeley or Georgetown.
Our teaching methodology prepares students for life in the 21st century and our approach to teaching and learning means that our students benefit from a learning experience that they can truly engage with. Students will understand what they are learning and how it will support them post-school, preparing them to enter into today’s ever-evolving society. The children will be able to bring their learning to life. Our creative teaching nurtures and develops skills by creating a learning environment where pupils are challenged, rather than directed, and an environment where, most importantly, learning is relevant to their lives.