ISSFT team
The International Summer School For passionate staff

Our Teachers

We take time to recruit staff who are passionate about their field of work.

Our staff are generally well travelled and have a broad, global outlook. We all thoroughly enjoy working with teenagers and learning about their different cultures. Our experience lies in our ability to listen as well as to teach. All teaching staff are highly qualified and committed professionals with the shared goal of giving our students real life skills which they can apply to their academic and personal lives long after the summer school has ended.

Our unique curriculum introduces students to a variety of new subjects, all of which are taught in English and all benefiting from small class sizes. Our teachers are industry professionals and lecturers from the UK and USA with a passion for working with teenagers, a wealth of knowledge in their fields and an international perspective.

Professional qualifications include but are not limited to:

  • CELTA/TEFL qualified English teachers
  • PGA qualified golfers
  • LTA qualified tennis coaches
  • Masters/PhD graduates
  • Industry professionals with a passion for teaching
Our experience lies in our ability to listen as well as to teach.

Pastoral Care

24 hour supervision

Our experienced pastoral care team are available 24 hours a day, living alongside students to make sure that everyone feels at home and settles in quickly.

They oversee all day to day operations, from making sure that students arrive on time for class, to helping them with laundry or dealing with individual cases of homesickness. On campus we aim to create a family environment from day one so that students understand the rules and regulations and that all students and staff can come together to enjoy a fantastic summer experience together.

Day trips

The pastoral care team also supervise all off campus day trips and run fun afternoon and evening recreational activities for the whole summer school to enjoy.   Our pastoral care team are caring individuals who appreciate that our students are in a new county, often speaking a new language and who require a friendly face to make them feel comfortable, safe and at home.

First aiders

The pastoral care team includes trained first aiders, however, if a student is feeling poorly we also have a medical centre situated right on campus and our nearest hospital is less than 10 minutes away.

Management Team

Carey Jean-Rowe

Meet Our Managing Director

Carey-Jean Rowe is the Founder and Managing Director of International Summer School for Teens.  As an international student herself, Carey grew up in Kenya, South Africa, Mexico, USA and Great Britain.  She is passionate about international education, placing significant emphasis on sports, arts and culture as part of a balanced education.  Her founding principles were "to bring young like-minded individuals together, in order to make our world a better place."

Ellis Kennedy

Meet Our Commercial Director

Daniel started with ISSFT shortly after its founding in 2014. Daniel has a background in Operations and Management and spends most of his time ensuring that the strategic plan for ISSFT is implemented.  Coming from an Engineering and Life Sciences background, he applies an eye for detail to all aspects of the summer school planning process.  When not busy with the summer school, he is an avid rugby and cricket fan.

Ellis Kennedy

Meet Our Programme Manager

Ellis holds a degree in Education and Geography and has a CELTA qualification.  She has worked at ISSFT for the past 6 years, and in her current role as Programme Manager, plans and oversees the day to day running of the summer school.  Ellis is also a professional gymnast, previously holding the title of Scotland's Number One ranked Gymnast.  She is passionate about travel and in 2017 climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. 

Godlin Mathew

Meet Our Operations Administrator

Godlin Mathew holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen. Previously a Summer School Counsellor at ISSFT, Godlin now works within the Operations team at Head Office. In her spare time Godlin is a Cheerleader and an Equestrian.


We are a community of like-minded people who believe in the power of education. Inspiring the next generation is what we do.

We are a results-driven, creative team who thrive on delivering safe, fun and unique summer experiences for our international students. We pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service and being easy to work with. We are trusted by parents and students to listen to their individual needs and work to the highest standards in all that we do. Whether you are a teacher, a sports professional, actor, cutting edge coder or simply looking for a new experience in your field of interest we welcome the opportunity to hear more about you. CVs with accompanying cover letter can be sent to our Recruitment Manager at

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University of Stirling

session 1
29 June - 19 July 2024
session 2
21 July - 10 August 2024

University of Stirling 2025

session 1
28 June - 18 July 2025
session 2
20 July - 9 August 2025

Imperial College London

session 1
22 July - 8 August 2024

University of Oxford 2025

session 1
6 July - 26 July 2025

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