Robin Appleby, Head of School
Welcome to the American School in London!
At ASL, our mission is to develop the intellect and character of each student by providing an outstanding American education with a global perspective. The success of our school lies in the dynamic student-teacher relationship. We deliver a creative and inquiry-based curriculum, while encouraging the pursuit of personal and academic excellence. We are therefore committed to hiring and retaining faculty who are leaders in their fields and are skilled in bringing out the very best in each student, every day.
ASL was founded in 1951 by Stephen L. Eckard, an American journalist and teacher, who opened the School with a handful of students in his Knightsbridge flat. With a steadfast determination to take advantage of all the cultural opportunities that London has to offer, Eckard’s aspirations for his burgeoning school stand true today, nearly 70 years later.
London is one of the most exciting cities in which to acquire an education, and today’s students, like those who went before, make this hub of international activity their extended classroom, seizing advantage of its abundance of history, science, theater, sports and culture. London is the perfect seedbed for raising tomorrow’s innovators, explorers, thinkers, collaborators and communicators.
Our world is forever changing, and serving the needs of the students in our care is at the heart of everything we do. The school’s program combines nurture of the individual with engaging learning experiences in a supportive and involved community. We embrace our core values of Respect, Responsibility, Kindness, Integrity and the Courage to Act. At ASL, we are dedicated to participating fully in life within the School, and making a difference in the world beyond. Our students are regularly involved in the service of others; they are eager to move out of their comfort zones to help those in local neighborhoods and across the globe. And when it’s time to leave our school, ASL alumni go out into the world fully equipped for the challenges that lie ahead, and with a passion for lifelong learning entrenched in their mindset.
Families who join our community look back on their time here with deep gratitude for the enduring friendships made, the host of memories treasured, and the outstanding education delivered by beloved teachers. ASL is not just a school; it is a community of learners and leaders, drivers and dreamers. We hope you’ll visit us soon to learn more.
Head of School
Robin Appleby has spent more than 20 years working in independent American and international schools in the US, Europe and the Middle East. She is a passionate promoter of global citizenship and intercultural understanding. Robin believes that strong school-community partnerships enhance experiential learning for students and advance understanding of diversity in all its forms.
Before joining ASL, she served as director of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and superintendent of Dubai American Academy. Her international career began at The American School of The Hague, where she was high school principal. Earlier leadership roles include upper school director at Hathaway Brown School in Ohio, and senior dean and teacher of English at the Nichols School in
Robin holds a BA in English literature from Dartmouth College, an MA from SUNY at Buffalo, and a MS in organization development and analysis from Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management. She sits on the Board of Trustees of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and served as a trustee of the Council of International Schools (CIS) from 2012 to 2016.