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Developing a
landscape for
creates endless
opportunities in their futures.

I have always been a passionate educator.  As a learning leader, I have a deep interest in further pushing the boundaries of innovative pedagogy to provide our students with the best and broadest opportunities to learn.

“We are defined as humans not by the situations put in front of us but by the way we face them, respond to them and overcome them. More than ever, you have faced adversity with courage and resilience in a way I find truly humbling. The future is full of optimism and hope because you are the people shaping it.”

Will Hurtado
Final assembly address, 2020 


Leadership experience

2019 - 2022

Secondary School Principal

International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

2012 - 2019

High School Assistant Principal

American International School of Johannesburg, South Africa

2011 - 2012

IBDP Coordinator

Westminster Academy, London, United Kingdom

2009 - 2011

Dean of Studies

Emirates International School, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2006 - 2009

Head of Geography and Head of House

Markham College, Lima, Peru

Education and

MA in Educational Leadership and Management (Merit)
University of Bath
November 2017

PGCE in Secondary Education with QTS
Brunel University
July 2001

BSc with Hons in Environmental Science
University of Hertfordshire
June 1999

National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)
December 2021

Principal’s Training Center (PTC)
Certificate of International School Leadership
July 2018


Will. he. is

My interests outside of work are eclectic to say the least.

I am fanatical about sport, both as a spectator and participant. Football is my passion; I have played it since I was five years old and obsessed over my beloved Tottenham Hotspur for about the same length of time. I also enjoy running, and on occasion feel compelled to run marathons (I liken the suffering of marathon running, to that of being a Spurs fan). I also love the Arts – you will often find me engrossed in a book, captivated in an Art gallery, awed by a Theatre production, or lost in Music. Music too in the form of vinyl records, house music and DJ’ing have been ever present in my life and soothe my soul. Then there are the three Cs – Coffee, Cooking and Culture. My relationship with coffee is extremely well known to all around me, testament to this even on this site, ‘Coffee with Will’. I also, love to cook and embrace the travel and cultural experiences afforded to me by the wanderlust of international education.

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