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Introducing the Founding Executive Principal of KSS



We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Geoff Cocksworth as the Founding Executive Principal of The King’s School Shenzhen International. He will take up the appointment in the summer of 2019.


Message from Geoff Cocksworth:


Mr. Geoff Cocksworth

Incoming Founding Executive Principal of

The King’s School Shenzhen International


It is a great honour and privilege to be responsible for the safe delivery and running of the King’s School in Shenzhen, just as it has been to have been a small part of the history of such a great school in Canterbury. Modern Shenzhen, often labelled the world’s ‘skyscraper capital’, has a history of about 40 years. It couldn’t be more removed from Canterbury, yet King’s, the oldest school in Europe, will reinvent itself in this very different environment and culture. I look forward to establishing many vibrant links between the schools. We shall all benefit from working together, just as we already are on the development of the project.


I leave the new International College in Canterbury in the safe and inspirational hands of Bill and Jo Prior under whom I am sure it will go from strength to strength. The same is true, for King’s and Junior King’s. These are exciting times in education, but what matters most is the way a school looks after its pupils. Nowhere does this better than King’s in Canterbury and, of course, I hope in Shenzhen.


Moving on, we have a great deal to do over the next few years as we establish what we plan to be one of the very best schools in Asia. We shall be providing an all-round education focusing upon the highest academic standards alongside providing many opportunities for wider personal growth. I really look forward to meeting as many people as possible in Shenzhen and to educating children of all nationalities. I hope you will come to meet us and share in our excitement about this project and the education we shall provide.


Brief Personal Biography:

Geoff Cocksworth studied at three UK universities: Exeter, Cambridge and King’s College London. His first teaching posts were in London before moving to the King’s School, Canterbury, where he has occupied various senior positions for over 20 years, most notably as Deputy Headmaster in charge of all academic matters. He has always focused upon building international links for King’s and it is in his current role as International Director that he has developed and helped to design the King’s School in Shenzhen. He has also designed and recently launched a new International College for King’s in Canterbury.


His wife, Bernie (now deceased) was an economist and a very successful teacher, and his two eldest daughters, Alexandra and Rosanna, are also rapidly rising up the profession having graduated at Cambridge and Durham respectively. Education is in the DNA. His youngest daughter, Eliza, is a student of French and Music in London, having also studied in California, Montreal and Paris.


Geoff speaks at international conferences and has published articles on education and philosophy. He was a very proficient sportsman and is keen to watch as much sport as his job allows in Shenzhen and Asia.


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