Meet the head teacher at The International School of London, Dr James A Doran

PUBLISHED: 13:04 02 October 2013 | UPDATED: 13:04 02 October 2013

Dr James A Doran

Dr James A Doran


Away from the classrooms, Dr James A Doran, the head teacher at The International School of London, located in Old Woking, is an adventurous spirit who loves to relax by flying, diving and sailing, among other pursuits

If you hadn’t become a teacher, what do you think you would have done instead?
I would have studied medicine. As it is, my favourite saying is “find a job you love and you will never go to work a day in your life.” My educational career started in 1972 – funnily enough, the same year that the ISL Schools Group was founded - and I haven’t regretted it a bit, whether as a teacher, curriculum director or now as headmaster.

What were your favourite lessons when you were at school?

I always enjoyed our science classes, especially biology. Science has always fascinated me.

Was there any type of school dinner that you couldn’t stand? No, not really.

How do you like to relax?

Away from school, I enjoy piloting small planes, scuba diving and sailing.

Which is your favourite film?

Star Wars has to be at the top of the list.

So, your Desert Island Discs…?

I would have to take Queen’s Greatest Hits with me. It’s a great record, so any track from that would do.

If you were Prime Minister for one day, what’s the first thing that you’d do?

If I was to occupy 10 Downing Street, I would introduce a carbon tax to help move us away from our reliance on fossil fuels.

The International School of London is an international school for boys and girls aged from two to 15 at Old Woking Road, Woking GU22 8HY. Tel: 01483 750409 /


School of thought…

Maths or English?

English – I am in awe of great writing and whatever you teach you learn more deeply.

School dinners or packed lunch?

School dinners – I appreciate any meal that I don’t have to prepare myself.

Newsletter or Twitter?

Newsletter, as Twitter only teases.

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