Mr Kristan Cejka

Head of Primary

Kristian originally comes from the Czech Republic where he graduated from the University of J.E. Purkyne with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education (QTS), specialising in Drama and PE. In 2008, he obtained a Graduate Diploma in Psychology, from the University of East London and his NASENCo qualification from the Institute of Education in 2012. He has also trained as an Independent School’s Inspector with the ISI Inspectorate in London and worked as a Specialist Leader in Education advising and supporting a number of schools in the London area on how to develop and improve their systems and procedures in the following areas: Assessment, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning.  

He has been teaching for over 20 years, both in the U.K. and overseas and has been in leadership since his second year of teaching. ISS will be his third headship. In his first two headships, he moved both of his GEMS Schools to outstanding in space of less than 8 months. He is currently studying his National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).

Wherever he lives, Kristian tries to get involved in the wider community as he believes that it is crucially important to immerse oneself in the culture and life of the country we live in so that we gain a better understanding of the society we serve. This way we are able to have an impact not only on our students’ lives but the entire community. He was a committee member of Mountain Clubs in Malawi, Kenya and Uganda and volunteered at the Wildlife and Environmental Society in Malawi as their Educational Officer. When living in Kenya, he sat on a Board of a local Orphanage and helped to set up an independent and sustainable income for them. Kristian’s personal motto is that education, combined with hard work, is a key to a person’s success in life and he tries to model this at all times.

Kristian is a keen sportsman who enjoys a variety of challenges. Just recently, he has started to learn kitesurfing. As he grew up in a mountainous area in the Czech Republic, where rock climbing and mountain biking were almost compulsory activities, which he thoroughly enjoys and hopes to explore new trails at the Seychelles as well.