‘Firm but fair’ is how the new principal of John Gray High School (JGHS) describes himself. Since taking up the post as Jonathan Clark says he has a plan to set the school and its students on the straight and narrow.
“My job is an educator. Our primary core business is education and learning,” said Mr. Clark.
After having taught for 22 years in some of the roughest inner city schools of London, the veteran educator believes he has what it takes to get the job done.
When posed directly with the question, “Why are you the man for the job?”, he responded: “I feel very privileged and very proud to have be Principal of this fine high school. I’ve been teaching now for over 22 years now in a range of positions in some very difficult parts of the UK.”
Over the years, JGHS has been plagued with many student exclusions, known as suspensions, instances of bullying and even drug use. Mr Clark says they will do their part to help clean up the school, but they can’t do it alone.
“I think we need to work together as a community to do absolutely everything we possible can to stamp those issues out,” he said.
He told Cayman 27,”I’ll be honest with you every school that I’ve ever been to there will be some students that are deviant of the rules in someway, be it bullying, be it smoking or be it drinking.”
He says they take a zero tolerance stance on any form of deviation from the school rules and at all times the students’ best interests are at the top of their priorities.
“I am really keen to make sure that I give everybody a say but when it comes to decisions. I can be firm, but I can be fair,” said Mr. Clark.
He is asking the wider community to give him and his students a chance to prove it.