Marco Longmore


Marco Longmore brings with him to Dubai over 25 years of teaching experience. Prior to joining Brighton College Dubai as Head Master, he had the privilege of working at four leading HMC Schools in Edinburgh and London, including The Edinburgh Academy where he had been Rector of the school for the past eight and a half years. A 47-year-old Scot, Marco studied History at the University of Edinburgh before beginning his teaching career in 1991 at George Heriot’s School. He was then Head of History and Modern Studies at George Watson’s College in 1998 until 2005. His next move was to London, as Senior Deputy Head at Alleyn’s School, before returning to the Scottish capital in 2008 to lead the Academy. During the period of his headship, The Edinburgh Academy has grown to become one of Scotland’s most successful co-educational schools. As well as being focused on school matters, Marco has been an ambassador and leader of discussions in broader educational and political fields. He has been the Scottish representative on the HMC Academic Policy Committee and Chair of Edinburgh Heads grouping of independent schools for several years. He has also regularly engaged with local and national political figures in respect to school projects and wider educational discussions. He has been a Trustee of three separate grant awarding educational charities. In 2017, Marco moved to Dubai, supported by his wife Karen and their two children.


Leadership stream

28 February 2019 | 12:00 - 12:30 | English | Classroom Lessons and Views From Castle Rock to Burj Khalifa (and the 28 years in between!)

The learning environment is the focus of much research and debate. If half was believed, we would doubt how human knowledge and development was ever achieved before being supported by modern research that informs the pedagogy of the current classroom. In a personally inspired and possibly at times irreverent professional reflection on leading UK independent education, this talk will ask why there is an enduring attraction to the traditional elements of a ‘good education’ whilst an acknowledgment to see innovative ways to engage and develop our learners around the world

GESS Talks Arena

28 February 2019 | 13:00 - 13:10 | English | GESS Bites: Is Kindness Worthy of ‘Examination’?

In an educational landscape driven by attainment, what space and place can the quality of kindness in the experience of pupils learning truly have?