Headteacher who left Welsh school after months of uncertainty lands top job in Qatar

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The former head of one of Carmarthen’s biggest schools who left the position after months of uncertainty has landed a top job in the Middle East.

Pete Spencer was appointed as head of Queen Elizabeth High School in 2011 – the school confirmed earlier this month that he had left the role.

It followed months of uncertainty over his position, with the school’s governing body having informed parents a year ago that his role would be filled on an interim basis for the autumn 2019 term due to “Mr Spencer’s absence”.

He did not return to the position, and his last newsletter to parents was dated January 2019.

His employer Carmarthenshire Council has not confirmed what role he held, if any, during his absence from the school, or if he was being paid.

Mr Spencer has now reportedly taken up a new position in Qatar.

Newton International Schools, which describes itself as one of the top international British schools in the country, offers its students the English national curriculum.

It has told its students and parents it has appointed Mr Spencer, “from the UK, where he has been a teacher for 26 years and a principal in two different schools over the last 12 years”.

In a published post, Mr Spencer said: “It is my privilege to join the Newton Group and an honour to be given the responsibility of leading the development of the new school NIA Smash.

“I look forward to working closely with the students, staff, parents, and wider community to develop NIA Smash into an excellent school. 

“At the heart of all we do will be a drive to make learning fun, engaging, and relevant.

“I want our students to not only be well qualified with high aspirations but also equipped for the modern world outside school by being technologically aware, tolerant, respectful of different cultures and able to celebrate diversity.

“I will be leading the talented team of staff to ensure that student’s learning experiences match the outstanding facilities the school is blessed with.  A very exciting journey ahead.”

Carmarthenshire Council has refused to comment on the circumstances surrounding Mr Spencer’s absence from Queen Elizabeth High School, or the nature of his subsequent permanent departure.

WalesOnline has approached Newton International School for comment.



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