The New School was founded in 1972 by a group of parents and teachers who wanted to create a school where academic excellence would be combined with attention to the individual and the development of personal and social responsibility.
Throughout the years the school has served the needs of the international community in Rome by offering the best in English education from age 3 to age 18. The New School follows the English National Curriculum and is a recognised examination centre for 2 major English examination boards, Edexcel (London) and CIE (Cambridge International Examinations). It is also a long standing member of COBIS (Council of British International Schools) and is recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education. It is a non-profit making association.
Teachers, students and parents work together in partnership through representation on the two decision making bodies, the Academic Council and the Executive Council. The elected Chairperson of The Academic Council is also the Headteacher.
The current chairperson is Jonny Massey who has worked at the school for 9 years as a teacher of English language and literature. Prior to this he worked for BBC News as an Assistant Editor of the PM, World at One and Broadcasting House programmes on Radio 4.
The Chairperson of the Executive Council, which is responsible for the legal and financial aspects of the school, is an elected parent member.