The team at Kings’ School Al Barsha includes Primary, Secondary and specialist teachers, the Leadership Team and support staff. It is a dynamic and happy group of highly skilled people, striving to do ‘The Best By Every Child’ every day as well as support our families.
Alan graduated from Glasgow University with an honours degree in History and Russian Language and has also attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His teaching career began in the Anderson School in the Shetland Islands and has covered schools across the United Kingdom, progressing from teaching and leading departments in Humanities and Languages to two Headships. This included heading up the first ever Scottish Future Trust School, an integrated community campus in Edinburgh from Foundation to Secondary level.
He is particularly proud of work undertaken in the independent sector with Rugby School (in Warwickshire, England) through a partnership with the remarkable Arnold Scholarship Foundation.
Alan became Principal of Kings’ School Al Barsha in January 2016. As well as being passionate about teaching and learning, he has been actively involved in school leadership related to Special Educational Needs.
Rebecca graduated with a degree in Psychology in 2002, and went on to complete her PGCE at the University of North London. She began her teaching career in the London borough of Tower Hamlets, where she gained her first senior leadership post, and progressed to further senior leadership responsibilities in Peterborough. Following her career progression through leadership roles, Rebecca became Deputy Headteacher at a school in Huntingdon, during which time she also completed her NPQH. Rebecca has since been the Headteacher of a primary school in Northamptonshire and the founding Principal of a preparatory school. She has also worked as an Improvement Cluster Lead for the David Ross Education Trust, where she led on whole school improvement for seven of their primary schools. Rebecca joins Kings’ School Al Barsha as Primary Headteacher from September 2016 and has already spent considerable time beforehand getting to know the Kings’ family.
Heather graduated in 2007 with a PGCE in Primary Education from Nottingham Trent University. She then taught across a range of year groups at schools in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire before moving to Dubai. She joined the Kings’ family in 2009, and has had the pleasure of following and being part of the schools’ exciting growth over recent years. Heather has a passion for searching out innovative ways to help our children make connections in their learning, enabling them to become independent, creative and resourceful learners. She particularly enjoys watching our very youngest children develop these skills through the Foundation Stage, and supporting them to get ready for the challenges of Key Stages 1 and 2.
Kara graduated from Cardiff University in 2006, with a degree in Education and Criminology. She then completed a PGCE in General Primary from Oxford Brookes University in 2008. Kara began her career by teaching Reception and leading the Early Years at a small independent school in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. In 2010, she moved to Bangkok to teach in an international school, progressing from a class teacher to leading the Early Years and Key Stage 1 levels. Kara then moved to Dubai, joining the Kings’ family in 2012, initially leading Year 1 at Kings’ School Dubai, and then moving to Kings’ School Al Barsha as Phase 2 Leader to help develop the new school site. Kara is currently Assistant Headteacher, with primary responsibility for leading Years 1 and 2, and a whole school focus on developing Mathematics provision.
Russell graduated from Westminster College in Oxford with a degree in Primary Education, specialising in history. In the West of England, he held teaching positions across all Key Stage 2 year groups and his passion for computing was recognised when he became the youngest teacher within his Local Authority to be identified as a Leading Teacher for ICT. After a variety of leadership roles in different settings, Russell came to Dubai with his wife to develop his career further. As Year Leader for Year 6 at Kings’ School Dubai, Russell supported the introduction of the 1:1 iPad initiative, and then moved on to became part of the founding Primary Leadership Team at Kings’ School Al Barsha. He is now Assistant Headteacher, responsible for science and computing, as well as ensuring high-quality learning and teaching across Years 5 and 6. He also works alongside other school leaders to develop assessment procedures across Kings’ schools.
Rebecca began her teaching career in the North East of England, after graduating from Northumbria University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught children in Early Years in Durham, as part of a team setting up a new Early Years unit. She then moved to teach children in Key Stage One, before taking on the role of Early Years Leader in a big inner-city school. Rebecca joined Kings’ School Al Barsha as a Foundation Stage 1 teacher and really enjoys being part of the Kings’ family. She is very excited about her new role as Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for the Foundation Stage. Rebecca is passionate about Early Years education and loves working and learning every day with such inspiring children, staff and parents.
Dawn graduated from the University of Wales in Swansea in 1982 with a B.A (Hons)degree in History. Following a period of travel in Europe, she married and went to live in Oman with her husband. The couple later moved to Saudi Arabia where they started a family.
Dawn began her teaching career in Saudi Arabia, in 1993, as a class teacher and then Arabic Culture teacher at the Asir Academy in Abha. In 1998, Dawn and her family returned to the UK where she completed her PGCE and continued to work in primary and secondary schools in Oxfordshire until her return to the Middle East in 2010.
Dawn worked at Jumeirah Primary School as Head of Year 6, later becoming School Improvement Leader for Arabic and Islamic Studies. In 2014, Dawn joined the Kings’ family as the Arabic and Islamic coordinator across all three schools. Dawn is now Assistant Headteacher at Kings’ School Al Barsha, with special responsibility for Year 3 and 4.
After qualifying as a Secondary French teacher, Julie taught at Millais School in Horsham before moving a year later to Weydon School, Farnham as deputy Head of Department, responsible for German. Her next move brought her to Bohunt School, Liphook where she continued her curriculum leadership role before branching into pastoral leadership as Senior Tutor.
In 1989 she left the leadership roles including Head of House, Head of Lower School, Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Head of Year 11 and second in the MFL department before becoming a founding member of the newly created JESS Arabian Ranches Secondary school. After two years in the role of Director of Modern Languages across the secondary and primary JESS schools, she was appointed to the senior leadership team where her initial role as Assissant Headteacher - Head of Sixth Form, was to set up the Sixth Form itself and prepare for the introduction of the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP). She continued to teach French in the IBDP, was Theory of Knowledge Coordinator and for her last three years at JESS she was Assistant Headteacher – Pastoral. Eager to reacquaint herself with the challenges of establishing a new school, she moved to Kings’ School Al Barsha Secondary in September 2015 as Deputy Headteacher.
Damian studied History at Queen Mary University of London, graduating in 2003, and then went on to take a PGCE in Secondary History at Kingston University, gaining QTS status in 2004. During his teaching career, he has held senior positions, across several outstanding schools in London, including Head of Humanities, Director of Studies and Assistant Headteacher. Damian holds additional professional qualifications including Prince2 Practitioner Accreditation, completed at the University of Westminster in 2012, and BSME PENTA Inspection Accreditation level 1 and 2 in 2016. He is currently studying his NPQH, affiliated with University College London and Institute of Education. He joined Kings’ School Al Barsha in 2014 and is currently Deputy Head of Secondary, with areas of responsibility including the curriculum, pedagogical and research methodology and assessment for learning.
Joe was born in Ireland, where he graduated with a degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering and began a career in IT before qualifying as a Computing Teacher. He began his teaching career in Liverpool where he worked for several years, before moving to Dubai to join the Kings’ family in September 2010. He started working at Kings’ School Dubai, as a Computing class teacher, and progressed to become Leader of Learning Technologies, and is now Assistant Headteacher of Kings’ School Al Barsha.
Emma started her career in the UK in a brand new school teaching Geography. She was also responsible for the provision for Gifted and Talented students as well as being promoted to lead the Geography department very early in her teaching career. She then worked as an Advanced Skills Teacher supporting the development of innovative teaching and learning across the city of Portsmouth and later as a county AST working across Hampshire. Emma is moving, with her husband and two daughters, to join us at KSAB having spent the last 7 years at an outstanding academy in the UK. Here she was Vice Principal responsible for Teaching and Learning.
Colin graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2001, and went on to complete a PGCE at Loughborough University in 2003. Since qualifying, he has taught core physical education and progressed through various management roles until he reached the level of heading up sports departments. He has worked as a Director of Sport since 2009, both in the state sector in the UK and, for four years, in the private international sector in Singapore. He relocated to Dubai in September 2015.
Colin is responsible for managing the competitive sports programme at Kings’ School Al Barsha, which is currently competing in 12 core sports. Over 600 children participate in the programme – all children from Year 2 to Year 11 – and it is an extremely popular aspect of school life.