Philip Couzens

Philip Couzens

Full Board Member
Founding Principal and CEO, Prince of Wales Island International School, Penang; previously Director of Studies, Oundle School 

Philip Couzens studied mathematics at Imperial College and took his Post-Graduate Certificate of Education, with Distinction, at Churchill College, Cambridge.

He taught at Oundle School for thirty-three years, twenty-two on the Management Committee as Director of Studies, Director of Educational Development and Director of International Students. Teaching, always his passion, gave him the opportunity to teach generations of scholars and further mathematics students. He was the original author of computer programmes eventually known as Autograph, used in schools across the world including UWC Dilijan. He was lucky to visit many of the best schools in the UK as an inspector for HMC and ISI.

His work overseeing admissions and scholarship programmes took him into the international arena prompting him at to drive an agenda of International Awareness involving links with schools in the Czech Republic, Moscow, Shanghai and Virginia in addition to involvement in the founding of a state-funded Academy in Peterborough. For twelve years he was coordinator of the UK involvement in the Model European Parliament.

Before retirement, he spent five years in Penang, Malaysia, setting up a boarding school coincidentally based on core values similar to those of UWC.