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05/01/2015

Montessori St. Nicholas charity has a new Chief Executive, Dr. Stephen Tommis

The trustees of the Montessori St. Nicholas charity are delighted to announce the appointment of their new Chief Executive, Dr Stephen Tommis. Dr Tommis takes up his post with the charity on 5 January 2015.

On joining Montessori St. Nicholas, Stephen says, I am delighted to be working for Montessori; it is always a privilege to work with and for young people. I hope that in the coming months we will be able to expand our provision and reach out to an even wider audience.

Dr Tommis is a graduate of the University of Dundee (MA First Class Honours), Jesus College, Oxford where he was awarded the D Phil degree and the Institute of Education, London University where he took a PGCE.

He has worked in education for 23 years and was the founding Executive Director of the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE), from 2008 to 2014. The HKAGE is an initiative to ensure that appropriate provision is made for teachers, parents as well as all gifted students across Hong Kong.

After a spell in business working as an antique map dealer, he decided that education was his true vocation and taught at Sherborne School, an independent secondary school. He was promoted to Head of Department after one year and subsequently to Undermaster. His next post was as Deputy Head of The Kings School, Gloucester and after three years, Stephen was appointed as Headmaster of Abbotsholme School in Staffordshire.

Between 2003 and 2008 he was the Director of The National Association for Gifted Education (NAGC) in the UK where he led campaigns to get parents needs heard in government and schools.

Montessori St Nicholas is the main charity for Montessori in the UK.   The charity works to support Montessori in any way it can and facilitates the unification of the Montessori movement across the UK.   It finances initiatives that support the development of Montessori education by awarding training grants to individuals, contributing Montessori equipment to appropriate settings and giving advice to interested parties.

The charity represents 676 Montessori schools, 177 of which are now MEAB accredited. MEAB  is a quality improvement scheme established by the charity.  Its  mission is to acknowledge and support good, genuine Montessori practice, thereby promoting greater understanding among parents and the wider educational sector of what constitutes ‘best practice’ in Montessori settings.

The charity also owns and operates Montessori Centre International, a Montessori teacher training college. Montessori Centre International is the first Montessori training provider to deliver the new Early Years Educator Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy Birth to Seven, Level 3 & Level 4.