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Steven Delaney is SDC’s new deputy head.

The father of three joined the school in 2000, after working in the oil industry for a number of years. The former Ysgol John Bright’s pupil studied history at Edgehill University, and afterwards headed to London to study for a master’s degree. Whilst there he worked as a bike courier.

“It was a dangerous job, I got knocked off my bike by black cab drivers a couple of times,” laughs Mr Delaney.

“I thought working for the oil industry was a little safer, but then in Angola we were always under threat of being kidnapped by pirates.”

After studying for his PGCE Mr Delaney came back to North Wales and soon got a job at SDC. After just nine months he was made head of year, and became assistant head in 2009.

Speaking about his new appointment, he said: “I’m excited about the new vision for the school with the emphasis on boarding.

“I have an excellent collaborative relationship with Andrew Russell.

“What I love about the school is that people can be themselves. It’s an unique place, and there is nowhere like it and I will help continue for it to be this very special place.”

SDC has appointed Mark Turner as the new assistant head academic, who was the former head of the sixth form.

Mark has taught at St David’s College for the past eight years after working at an academy school in England, and spending a time teaching at an international school in Dubai and a year at Auckland Grammar School, in New Zealand-where past pupils include the actor Russell Crowe, Sir Edmund Hilary and many players of the All Blacks national team.

Mark is head of business studies-teaching a BTEC level three in the subject and GCSE. For his master’s degree, he completed a dissertation in entrepreneurship for dyslexic students-a subject he is passionate about.

Mr Turner, who is originally from Durham, said: “My new role as assistant head academic is going to be a big challenge and one which I’m looking forward to.

“Going forward I’m interested in introducing an online curriculum so that it can be accessible outside school and by parents.

“I also want the pupils to enter more external national competitions that engage well with the curriculum, they are good for confidence building.”


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