Neil Smith - Head Of Elementary

Mr Neil Smith


University College of St Mark and St John (Plymouth UK) Bachelor of Arts Humanities (hons) Degree

University of Exeter: Post Graduate Certificate in Education


Full - Time, Head of Elementary and Teacher PrepWH, PE and EAL support in Prep to PMA and PSI

General Information

Neil took up the post of Head of Elementary at AIS in August 2014 bringing with him extensive experience of middle and Senior Leadership in International Schools.

Having trained in the United Kingdom his first teaching post overseas was in an intermediate school on the East coast of New Zealand. He then took on the challenge of working in Kuwait shortly after its liberation, working as an elementary class teacher there for 4.5 years. It was there he experienced his first Middle leadership roles, working as the Primary Mathematics Coordinator and then running the Schools Co-Curricular Activity Programme (CCA).

After a two-year period as a class teacher at the Overseas Family School (Singapore), which was embarking on its journey into the PYP, Neil relocated to Phuket, Thailand where he joined the newly opened Dulwich International College. Initially working as a class teacher and Deputy Head he assumed the role of Head during his first year at the prestigious school. Close links with Dulwich College in London ensured his taste for academic rigour alongside a strong tradition of sports; music and the arts were further strengthened. As well as developing a reputation for excellence at the School, Neil cites the development of a new Primary School campus and establishing an outstanding faculty of teaching and support staff amongst his finest achievements.

Following the tragic events of Asian Tsunami in December 2004, Neil and his wife Linda relocated to Sydney. However, it was not long before he returned to South East Asia to lead the Canggu Community School, Bali in its newly developed campus. Having seen the School’s roll increase from approximately 70 students to close to 300 in just two years, Neil took the opportunity to head up the Primary section of Garden International School in Kuala Lumpur.

Recognised as one the top British Schools in the world Garden provided Neil with many new opportunities to develop as a leader, in particular with the introduction of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) moving the School away from its traditional British roots to the inquiry based model of the IPC.

Neil enjoyed 7 years at GIS as it continued to go through many changes and cement its place as one of the most dynamic and forward thinking Schools in the region. The push for a holistic education was strong, with elements such as the camps programme and community service providing the platform to ensure every child was challenged to meet the GIS vision. Throughout the period of development and diversification GIS saw its overall academic results continue to improve.

Neil continues to enjoy teaching and in particular coaching rugby, swimming, athletics and multi sport events. In his spare time he can often be seen ‘relaxing’ on the roads of Singapore which allows him time to strategise the next steps, reflect on successes and areas for improvement, at the same time as getting his daily running fix!

Neil and Linda have joined AIS with their two children Adrian and Jasmine who are currently both in the Preschool.