John Wilson is the Principal of Acorn House College in Southall, London. He was appointed to this role in January 2015 to lead the College as it begins a new chapter in its successful  fifteen-year journey.


His previous role was as Director of Studies/Vice principal at Ashbourne College on High Street Kensington in Central London, where he led the academic staff and oversaw unprecedented improvement and academic success at A level and GCSE.



John was educated at state schools and colleges in the North East of England before graduating in 2000 from Oxford University with honours in biological sciences.  He has spent a significant proportion of his career as an advisor to students in the UK and throughout the world on making the best possible university choice and the strongest possible application.  Having attained a PGCE in secondary science from Cambridge University he is also a qualified and experienced teacher of biology and science specialising in sixth form/tertiary education at A level.


John is a lay member of the university admissions panel for medical school undergraduate entry at UCL (University College London) and has also performed this role at Imperial College and Queen Mary University in London.


He has been invited to speak on a number of occasions in Hong Kong by the British Council to share his knowledge and experience of the British education system and on making applications to British universities.  In particular he has made presentations on how to choose a university and how to make the best possible application to British universities.


From 2007 to 2010 he planned and prepared Ashbourne College for its inspection by Ofsted and led the College to a judgment of “outstanding” with specific reference made in the report to his “dynamic” leadership.


John is passionate about education and about the opportunities it can create for young people.  He believes fundamentally that academic success can open doors and empower young people and that this success depends not only outstanding teaching but on the delivery of a rounded, holistic education with the learner at its core.


John has completed four marathons in competitive times, is a below-average musician and is happily married with one young daughter. is John’s personal website and the views expressed are his own.



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