Our Headmaster

Derek Pringle was born and raised in Scotland and completed his secondary education at John Watson’s school in Edinburgh (now the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art). He did his first degree in International History and Politics at the University of Leeds in northern England and completed his postgraduate teacher training at the Institute of Education, part of the University of London.

He began his career as a history teacher in Barnet in north London and in 1983 arrived in Peru to work at Colegio San Silvestre. From 1988 to early 2007, he was Headmaster here at Hiram Bingham, playing a fundamental part in the introduction and consolidation of the International Baccalaureate programmes, enabling Hiram Bingham to be the first school in Peru to offer all three programmes. Mr. Pringle widened his experience as Headmaster by leading Redland School in Chile for 2 years and then St George’s, Quilmes in Argentina for 7 years. He rejoined Hiram Bingham at the start of 2016.

Mr. Derek Pringle
Overall Headmaster

He served for 6 years on the IB Heads Regional Council for the Americas and for a similar length of time on the IB World Heads Council. He has also been President of the Latin American Heads Conference, which groups together the major British style schools on our continent.

Mr. Pringle is married to a Peruvian, Ana Maria and they have one son, Andrew, who is an architect.

Derek Pringle with the 2023-2024 Head Students, Constanza Vásquez & Leonardo Saravia