As the headmaster of Clongowes Wood College SJ, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our website.
I arrived in Clongowes in August 2015, following two years as headmaster of St Joseph’s College, Ipswich, a 600 student, junior and senior co-educational boarding and day school in the De La Salle tradition. Before that I had accrued much experience as a headmaster in boarding schools and in the Jesuit tradition. From 1997 – 2004 I was assistant headmaster at Mount St Mary’s, a Jesuit 350-pupil co-educational day and boarding school in Sheffield and followed that with eight years (2004 – 2012) as headmaster of Austin Friars St Monica’s School in Carlisle, a 450-pupil, junior and senior co-educational day school in the Augustinian tradition. I look forward to bringing that experience to Clongowes and ask that you support me and all who work here and pray that we may be faithful to our mission.
The college’s Mission Statement speaks of educating our pupils ‘according to the best traditions and highest standards of Jesuit schooling and the values of the Gospel’. Our aim is ‘to create an open, happy, stimulating, mutually respectful community environment in which young people are able to develop the full range of their talents and abilities in a balanced, integrated and generous way’. The statement goes on to stress ‘the criterion of excellence’, which we apply to all aspects of life in the school, and our special concern ‘to foster a sense of values and a commitment to the service of others’. We are pledged to ‘an ever-renewed faith, which actively promotes the struggle for greater justice in the world’.
The statement is a succinct expression of what we are trying to do here. We describe our ideal profile of a Clongowes graduate as someone who is ‘open to growth, intellectually competent, socially able, culturally aware, physically developed, inspired by the values of the Gospel, flexible and adaptive, actively concerned about justice and peace, committed to striving for excellence and having a sense of belonging to the Church and its mission’.
It is a central part of my job to ensure that, working with the trustees and the board of management, these ideals are realised as fully as possible in our pupils and in the life of the school community as a whole.