Welcome from the Principal

Welcome from the Principal

A warm welcome to you all from the community at Saint Francis. Our school is founded on the principles of collaboration and respect for each other, which form the basis of our aims and mission. Our staff get to know each child very closely, and we take pride in seeing our students grow into curious and responsible young adults by the time they leave for senior schools. Our educational pathway is carefully planned to start at 3 years old, where children begin their english-language education in our pre-school. It is a source of continued fascination and delight to see just how much each child can grow and flourish during their time here!

We invite you to come and see the school for yourself. Please take some time to look around our website, and you will find contact details for relevant staff in the contacts page.

The children, staff and I look forward to meeting you.

Mr. James Heanley


About Mr. Heanley

I have lived and taught in the UK, Spain and Kenya and I am now happily settled in Italy with my wife (an Italian citizen), our son Elio and our Great Dane, Lulu! I have held leadership positions in top international schools such as King's College in Madrid and Peponi House in Kenya.

I love cycling, adventure and all things cultural, whether it be searching for Rome's best carbonara, playing guitar in a band, visiting art galleries or discovering old ruins. Italy certainly caters for my interests!

My approach to education is holistic - I believe that when we, as educators, get to know the whole child, then we can provide the best quality of education. I am proud to serve the St. Francis community; we are a school that gets to know each other so well. We really are like a big family here!

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