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From the Head of Senior Boys

I am delighted to take up the appointment of House Master at Harrow International School, having been educated in boarding schools (Beeston Hall, Gresham’s and Norwich School), and worked in a boarding school, Malvern College, myself. I have also spent an exhilarating 11 years in the British Army.

At Malvern College I was Deputy Housemaster, the Leadership Coordinator, Co-Founder of the Expedition Society and Head of the Combined Cadet Force as well as coach for hockey, Duke of Edinburgh awards, canoeing and excursion leader.  I look forward to continuing these adventures with the pupils of Harrow International School.

I can still remember when, on my first day as a new pupil, how I wondered what my House Master would be like, and how important my House Master was to me in my school life.  My House Master, in addition to my friends, staff and parents, went on to encourage me, to give me confidence and assist in equipping me with the necessary skills to pursue a path in life which I believe was best for me. 

My experience of boarding school was fundamental in shaping this journey and setting the conditions to ensure that every young person has the opportunity to fulfil their potential or, as the psychologist Abraham Maslow described it as, ‘self-actualise’. This is my fundamental focus.  In short, I am passionate about people fulfilling their potential and this passion forms the bedrock to the ethos of ‘strength’ in which I run the Boarding House. 

Richard Downs
Head of Senior Boys