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Children playing in the campus of Mougins British International School
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A warm welcome from the Head of School

James Wellings Head of School in Mougins British International School

Welcome to Mougins School! The school is a very special place to learn and a very special place to work. I am privileged to be the Head of School here. We are located near the beautiful hilltop village of Mougins on the Côte d’Azur in the south of France. We are also part of the Sophia Antipolis technology park and surrounded by some of the leading and most innovative companies in France. This provides a setting that is beautifully balanced between the natural world and the best of human innovation.

We have just over 500 wonderful students on campus aged from 3 to 18 and are happy to serve both the local and expatriate community here in Mougins. With over 40 nationalities making up our student population we are a British inspired school with a truly international feel. This combination of our location and our community makes our school a very special place to be.

As the Head of School I believe we have a responsibility to ensure that all of our students can enrich their lives through a wide range of activities and programs that allow them to find their passions. We are values-driven with a focus on student achievement, in whatever form that takes. Education is a journey and learning is a nonlinear process so through effort, perseverance and the embracing of challenges our learners will go on to positively shape the lives of themselves, others and the world around them.

I hope you will come on that journey with us.

James Wellings,
Head of School

Thoughts from the Head

The Learning Curve
  • Thoughts from the Head
James Wellings

Welcome to the Learning Curve, 

I am writing this during a short break in our first Professional Learning Conference. One of the strands in our strategic plan is “professional learning”. The reason being that great schools have great teachers and great teachers are, more often than not, the ones who engage in their own development and regularly reflect on their practice.

Over these last two days teachers have been attending workshops on tech in education, formative assessment, using data, cognitive load theory in practice, middle leadership, the importance of play, teaching students with English as an additional language, positive education and psychological wellbeing. 

It has been great.

When I asked one of our teachers how their day was going yesterday they answer: 

“It’s been really good. It is making me think a lot” 

What a wonderful answer. When we have to think hard we will often learn more or reflect more effectively. 

Our keynote speaker on Thursday was Steve Garnett from the UK. Steve has been a teacher for 24 years. He has delivered INSETs to over 7,000 teachers over the past 10 years in the UK, Ireland and across Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. He is an award-nominated author whose book ‘The Subject Leader’ was shortlisted for Best Secondary Resource in the prestigious BESA awards. He has also written ‘Using Brain Power in the Classroom’ which TES Review described as ‘strong in its resume of the latest research into what constitutes effective learning’. 

It is so important for us to be exposed to the thoughts, ideas and practices that can be brought to us from outside of the organisation. Steve did a wonderful job of making us all “think hard” and I am sure we will see some of that in classrooms next week. 


Next week also sees the beginning of our parent teacher flexi conferences. A new approach to learning discussions with parents following the release of the reports on Wednesday. Although we think we have a good system set up it will be important for us to collect feedback and reflect on this reporting cycle to help inform the next round. We’ll be sending out a feedback form once the conferences are completed. 

It looks like bright sunshine and fresh air for the weekend. Enjoy it and I’ll see you on Monday.

Have a lovely weekend.

James Wellings
Head of School

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