Greensteds International School
Feb 24, 2018
Senior School Teacher Profiles

Peter Knowles Head Of Art Department

I was born in Scotland on the West Coast and as a young child, with my older brothers and younger sister I played all the time on the beach and rock pools outside my garden gate overlooking The Isle of Arran. Those memories have stayed with me and further to that, I like space, outdoor activities, and working with young people - so Greensteds International School is a pleasure for me to be part of.

I was brought up and educated near the coast of Southern England on the edge the New Forest. I did my art foundation and degree in ceramics at the West of England University and then was appointed as Artist in Residence at a Public school in England. I gained my teaching qualification at Goldsmiths College in London.

I have a wife, Angela who is an occupational psychologist, writer, researcher and lecturer who is currently completing a doctorate into the reputation of HR. I have 3 daughters, with the 2 older ones about to start degree courses at Kings and Imperial Colleges in London, and my youngest now in Year 9.

I am an artist working in a broad range of 2D and 3D media, with cycling and of course my family, being my other passions.

For almost the last decade, I have run a high achieving Art Department at a state school on the outskirts of London where I was also a Sixth Form tutor and sustainability and travel plan co-coordinator achieving a range of Eco Schools and Travel Plan awards for the school.

I have come to Greensteds with the resolve to make the Art Department a more special place where pupils and students enjoy and achieve to their potential in preparedness for the next stage of their education.

As part of my remit, I am very focused on building on Greensteds’ reputation for international excellence and best practice as regards pupil and student participation in outdoor pursuits (Greensteps Programme) by providing a lead in holistic sustainability issues. Greensteds is a very special place and I am proud to be part of its continuing development and progression.

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