LEADERSHIP TEAM

Steve Capon
Head of School 

In May 2020, Steve Capon was appointed as the Head of School for King Henry VIII College, having originally joined as the Deputy Head (Pastoral) in 2017.  Steve and his family moved from the United Kingdom to Malaysia in 2014, after serving as the Director of Sports at Prior Park College in Bath for 11 years. As a resident there, he combined his academic responsibilities with senior pastoral roles within the school in both senior boarding and the school's junior house.

Steve holds a degree in Educational Studies, Physical Education and Mathematics from Exeter University (School of Education, St. Luke's College), and he has vast teaching experience at various schools in Hertfordshire, Bristol and Bath.

Steve's particular interest is in pastoral care, to inspire pupils to strive for excellence, whilst nurturing their individual talents and maximising potential through collaboration. He enjoys sports, particularly rugby and cricket, and is also a keen Manchester United fan! In addition, Steve and his family enjoy travelling and a variety of outdoor sports, like skiing and scuba diving.

Martin Knights
Interim Deputy Head (Pastoral)

Martin Knights joins King Henry VIII College as the Director of Boarding from the UK where he was the Head of Boys Boarding at Prior Park College in Bath. In May 2020, he transitioned to be the Interim Deputy Head (Pastoral). Martin is married to Lisa and they have two grown up children, Sam 24 (who lives in Vancouver) and Ellie 21 who is attending university studying an Early Years degree. Post school in London, Martin embarked on military career serving 13 years as a Royal Marine where he instructed recruits and junior leaders in his later years of his service. 

He was also part of the World Record breaking Royal Marine's Free-Fall Parachute Team in 1989. Post military, he made a very successful and natural transition into education securing his first teaching role as a PE and Games teacher at St. Benedict's School, London.

Martin enjoyed productive and fun-filled years at St. Benedict's during which time he rose to the position of Director of Sport. However, there was a greator pastoral calling for Martin and he joined Prior Park College in 2010 as a Boarding Housemaster and was subsequently promoted to Head of Boy's Boarding in 2015. In his spare time he is a keen cyclist and loves to travel exploring new cuisines and different cultures.

Marie-Claire Jefferies
Deputy Head (Academic)

Marie-Claire Jefferies joins King Henry VIII College as the Deputy Head (Academic) from Honiton Community College, Devon, England where she was Senior Vice-Principal with responsibility for Teaching and Learning.

Prior to this, she held various leadership roles at the school covering a wide range of responsibilities; including pastoral and enrichment but at the heart of her work has always been the commitment to providing an excellent teaching environment that supports and challenges students. 

She holds a degree in Art History from Goldsmiths College, University of London and a Post-Graduate of Education (PGCE) from the University of Exeter. She has settled into life in Malaysia with her family. In her spare time, Marie-Claire enjoys visiting the many galleries, museums and cultural sites that this part of the world has to offer.

 

Rosanna Kirkbride
Head of Primary 

Rosanna Kirkbride originates from Toronto, Canada and is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in English and Political Science. She then completed her teacher’s training at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.

Whilst in Australia, Rosanna developed a great passion for education and returned to her home country to teach at a native Canadian school in Northern Ontario. Shortly after, Rosanna moved to the United Kingdom where she taught at primary schools in East London and Essex. Most recently, Rosanna taught at Dulwich College Seoul where she held the posts of Head of Year, Literacy Coordinator, Lead Safeguarding Trainer and Extra-Curricular Activities Coordinator.

Her diverse interests in creative arts and sports have benefitted the school's wider community in her leadership in drama productions, coaching football, and even assisting in various sporting competitions. In her spare time, Rosanna enjoys cooking as well as underwater exploration and photography. Her personal educational philosophy is her belief in fostering independence in children and equipping them with skills to become life-long learners.

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