Peter T. Howe



Dear Somersfield Families,


It feels like an eternity since I accepted the position of Head of School at Somersfield Academy, and my wife Sally and I are thrilled to have finally arrived on the island. I look forward to meeting you all over the course of the year and to build on the work of outgoing principal, Carlos Symonds and the school’s exceptional teams. Somersfield has huge potential and a very bright future and I look forward to realising it together - as a community.


The concept of ‘community’ is extremely important to me and is one of the reasons I was drawn to Somersfield. Throughout the pandemic, we have been reminded of the power and importance of collaboration and our collective responsibilities toward each other. When a community shares a vision and comes together to realise it, anything is possible.


We had all hoped that the 2021/22 academic year would be one in which Covid-19 was in the rearview mirror. Unfortunately, the pandemic remains and the school year will begin with government mandated protocols in place. We plan to be as creative and student-centred as possible in implementing these protocols as we work to keep our students, staff and families safe, and we thank you in advance for doing your part.


I look forward to our conversations in the months ahead and would like to begin by sharing the essence of my educational philosophy. Simply, to keep students at the centre of all that we do and to afford them the space, trust and authentic responsibility to begin to realise their unique, unknown and unknowable potential.


Wishing everyone a great start to the year ahead.