John Coakley B.A. (Hons), M.A. PGCE

The Principal was born in Belfast and is very proud of his Irish roots!

He used to be a keen runner and completed five marathons (no more!) and when in Bermuda pursued golf with a passion! He now spends his leisure time reading, visiting France and walking - he recently completed the South Downs Way in near record time!

Education / qualifications:

  • Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School, Salisbury
  • York University BA (Hons)
  • Oxford (PGCE)
  • University of New Brunswick (MA)

Teaching career:

  • Senior Master St Michaels / Hoe Bridge, Woking, 1981-87
  • Head of English, Saltus Junior School, Bermuda, 1987-1990
  • Head Teacher, Saltus Junior School, 1990-1994
  • Master, Ryde Junior School, 1994-1998
  • Principal, The Schools At Somerhill and Head of Yardley Court, 1998 - present.
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