Tom Crombie, Principal and Director
A very warm welcome to Crombie Online School. In an ever-changing world, technology plays a key role in teaching and learning in schools worldwide. We work, live and study at different paces, in different locations and in ways that suit our pace of life. At the Crombie Online School, we aim to provide an education of excellence for children and young people between the ages of 9 and 18, wherever they may be in the world. Launched in 2017, the school aims to prepare children and young people for life in the modern world through the use of technology and outstanding teaching from our excellent, experienced teachers.
I was educated in Edinburgh, Scotland at Daniel Stewart's and Melville College before beginning an undergraduate degree at the University of Glasgow. I spent four years in Glasgow and graduated with a Master of Arts in Geography. In the latter years at Glasgow University I soon discovered his desire to enter the world of Education. After completing my degree I returned home to Edinburgh where I worked in the Special Needs sector before beginning my postgraduate study in Primary Education at the University of Edinburgh. I graduated from Edinburgh with a distinction in P.G.D.E. Primary.
After four and a half years teaching in the state sector in Scotland, I moved, to Auckand, New Zealand and was immediately appointed as a teacher and Curriculum Leader of Science and Information and Communication Technology at ACG Sunderland. During my time at the school I taught and developed many areas of the Cambridge International Curriculum. It was at ACG Sunderland that I utilised my skills as a coach and mentor to other teachers in company-wide schools. I planned, assigned and delivered Professional Development courses and training to a number of colleagues, focusing on the use of technology in the classroom. During my time at ACG Sunderland I was nominated for 'A Day Made Good' Award which aims to recognise exceptional teachers.
In 2007, 2011 and 2016 I traveled to Uganda to teach in a local, disadvantaged primary school in the outskirts of the capital city, Kampala. These visits not only included time in the classroom and sports field but also opportunities to collaborate with teachers and other professionals with the aim on improving teaching practice in the school.
In association with my visits to Uganda, I also run, support and manage a charity that supports local communities disadvantaged primary schools in Uganda. I took part in fundraising initiatives and visited a number of these schools in 2007, 2011 and 2016. My aim for the charity is to allow the primary schools in this region to become self-sufficient through community-run programmes which aim to generate an income to support schools.
After many months of planning, it was in 2017 that the Crombie Online School was established. After more than ten excellent years of experience in the education profession I decided to further my career in establishing, running and managing a school with one simple aim: to improve the educational possibilities of young people, wherever they are in the world.
Welcome to a new way of learning.