Dr Stephen Codrington

Dr Stephen Codrington

Director of School Governance and Leadership Development, and Senior Lecturer

Dr Stephen Codrington brings the wisdom, insights and practical experience of four decades’ work as an educator, author, board trustee, speaker, school leader and evaluator to his work as Director of School Governance and Leadership Development at Alphacrucis College.

Based at the College’s main campus in Parramatta (Sydney, Australia), Stephen teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in areas such as Critical Thinking, Geography, Education, Epistemology, Religion, Research Methods, School Leadership and Effective Governance.  He also conducts research, reviews, and professional development with school boards and leaders in areas such as enhancing governance processes, developing strategic planning and implementing effective change management.  He is leading a project to enhance the quality of teacher training, school leadership and board governance in Africa, focussing so far on South Africa and Uganda.

Stephen is internationally recognised as an outstanding educational leader, especially in the areas of Christian education, board governance and international education, as well as his academic areas of geography and philosophy.  He was Head of five schools in four countries over a period of 25 years: St Paul’s Grammar School (Penrith, Australia; 1989-1997), Kristin School (Auckland, New Zealand; 1997-1999), Prince Alfred College (Adelaide, Australia; 2000-2004), Li Po Chun United World College (Hong Kong; 2004-2011) and The Awty International School (Houston, Texas, USA; 2011-2013).  Unlike most Heads of School, Stephen chose to continue teaching in the classroom throughout his headships, specialising in Geography and Theory of Knowledge.

Stephen is the author or co-author of 69 books, including a widely used handbook on school board governance and an extensive range of Geography textbooks.  His well-established textbook that was written to support the International Baccalaureate Diploma Geography course, Planet Geography, is used in 92 countries and was recently expanded to a set of ten books to suit the demands of a new syllabus.  Much of the content of the books and most of the photos came from Stephen's extensive international field research which has so far taken him to 161 countries. 

During his 25 years as a Head of School, Stephen worked with several organisations such as IB, UWC and CIS to conduct school evaluations and accreditations.  Since 2015, Stephen has been using his extensive experience in school governance, leadership and accreditation to support school boards through the Optimal School Governance consultancy service.  This work is continuing in close association with Alphacrucis College.

In addition to his work at Alphacrucis College, Stephen is Treasurer of the Geographical Society of NSW, where he also formerly served as President and has been awarded the accolade of Honorary Life Membership.  He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Education and the Royal Geographical Society, and previously served as President, Vice-President and Editor for the Geography Teachers Association of NSW.  He is a former Chairman of HICES (Heads of Independent Co-educational Schools) and a former Vice-President of AECS (the Association of Executives of Christian Schools).  He served as Deputy Chief Examiner for IB Geography for many years, setting and marking examinations, and helping to develop new courses.  Stephen serves as Chair of the Board of Djarragun College, and he has been honoured with inclusion in Who’s Who in Australia every year since 2003.

Details of Stephen’s achievements as an educational leader can be seen on his LinkedIn profile here.  He maintains a personal website with additional biographical and other information at www.stephencodrington.com.


PhD (Macquarie University)
Dissertation Title The impact of government statutory marketing authorities on the viability of the liquid milk industry in the Bega Valley 1975-76 to 1980-81 1983

BA (Hons) (Macquarie University)
Dissertation Title The impact of New South Wales Milk Zone legislation on the dairying industry, with particular reference to Mumbulla Shire 1977

BA Dip Ed (Macquarie University) 1975

Current Research

School board governance and leadership


  • 2017
    • Codrington, S (2017). Our Planet's Leisure, Sport and Tourism. .
    • Codrington, S (2017). Our Planet's Extreme Environments. .
    • Codrington, S (2017). Our Changing Planet: Geography for the Core of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Geography course. .
    • Codrington, S (2017). Our Planet's Freshwater. .
    • Codrington, S (2017). Our Connected Planet: Geography for the Higher Level Extension of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Geography course. .
    • Codrington, S (2017). Our Dynamic Planet: Geography for the Options of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Geography course. .
    • Codrington, S (2017). Our Planet's Urban Environments. .
    • Codrington, S (2017). Our Planet's Geophysical Hazards. .
    • Codrington, S (2017). Our Planet's Oceans and Coasts. .
    • Codrington, S (2017). Our Planet's Food and Health. .
  • 2015
    • Codrington, S (2015). Optimal School Governance: A handbook for School Boards and Heads who value effective governance. . | External link
  • 2013
    • Codrington, S (2013). Planet Geography (7th ed.). .

Book Chapter

  • 2017
    • Codrington, S (2017). Geography: Understanding Global Complexity In Goodlet, K, Collier, J & George, T, Better Learning: Trajectories for educators in Christian Schools (pp. 330-342). .
    • Codrington, S (2017). Governance and management - getting the relationship right In Wright, C, Establishing an International school (pp. 323-329). .

Scholarship Publications


  • 2021
    • Codrington, S. (2021). Our Planet's Oceans and Coasts (2nd ed.). . | External link
    • Codrington, S. (2021). Our Dynamic Planet (2nd ed.). . | External link
    • Codrington, S. (2021). Our Planet's Urban Environments (2nd ed.). . | External link
    • Codrington, S. (2021). Our Planet's Food and Health (2nd ed.). . | External link
    • Codrington, S. (2021). Our Planet's Extreme Environments (2nd ed.). . | External link
    • Codrington, S. (2021). Our Planet's Freshwater (2nd ed.). . | External link
    • Codrington, S. (2021). Our Planet's Geophysical Hazards (2nd ed.). . | External link
    • Codrington, S. (2021). Our Planet's Leisure, Sport and Tourism (2nd ed.). . | External link
  • 2020
    • Codrington, S. (2020). Our Changing Planet (2nd ed.). .
    • Codrington, S. (2020). Our Connected Planet (2nd ed.). .

Professional Memberships

Djarragun College Board (since 2020)

Geographical Society of New South Wales (since 1975)

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