Mark joined Larkrise as headteacher on 1st September 1988 when it was a small first school. He has successfully guided it through numerous upheavals in curriculum, educational policy, major building work and expansion. The school is now more than three times the size, boasts 32 home languages, places are highly sought after and it's widely known for its open, welcoming and caring atmosphere - all directly attributable to Mark's attitude, enthusiasm and energy. His passion about the school, the pupils and staff shines through the dullest days. His dedication and tireless energy have led to the school gaining many accolades including the International School Gold Award and a rare "outstanding" in Community Cohesion from OFSTED. He has championed the school's innovative international story-based curriculum which is linked closely to the Olympic rings. Mark is the longest serving head in Oxford still working. He plays cricket as wicket keeper - once coming to work sporting a magnificent black eye. He and the Deputy head (female) raised over £1000 for a link school in the Delhi slums by swapping clothes (and hairstyles) for the day. He knows all children by name and most of their families too, standing outside in all weathers to greet them in the morning. He sings in a rock choir and plays in the school samba band. For Mark to be chosen as a Torchbearer would be a magnificent, and well deserved accolade for him and the whole school.Not the 'International School Gold Award' - just the 'International School Award'