It is with geat pleasure that we welcome Mr Alan Thompson and his family to St Andrew’s College and Grahamstown.
Alan was born and educated in Johannesburg, and holds a Higher Diploma in Education, a Bachelor of Education, and a Masters of Education degree from the University of the Witwatersrand (all with distinction). In 2011 he also completed his Master’s in Business Administration.
Alan started his teaching career in 1990 at Rand Park High School in Northern Johannesburg. In 1994 he began a sixteen year stint at St John’s College, Johannesburg, where, over time, he fulfilled the duties of teacher of Physical Science, Housemaster, Senior Master, Deputy Headmaster, Second Master, and Acting Headmaster. He coached Cricket and 1st Team Hockey during this time.
Since 2010 Alan has held the position of Headmaster of St Dunstan’s College, an independent Anglican, co-educational school in Benoni, Gauteng.
Alan is married to Gwynneth, a teacher, and they have two children, Matthew and Amy. He runs, cycles, and rides off-road enduro trails.
In accepting the position, Alan wrote the following: “I am excited by the opportunity of heading an excellent boys’ boarding school in the Eastern Cape, and dealing with all the opportunities and challenges facing St Andrew’s College. I have a deep love of tradition, yet also have a record of continually driving innovation.”