KINGS’ SCHOOL AL BARSHA
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Team

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.

The Leadership Team
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    ALAN WILLIAMSON Chief Education Officer

    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 was Principal at Kings’ School Al Barsha from 2016 to 2018 and, in his current role, Alan now works closely with all three Kings' schools.

    As well as being passionate about teaching and learning, he has been actively involved in school leadership related to Special Educational Needs.

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    REBECCA GRAY Principal, Kings' School Al Barsha

    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. 

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    MICHAEL BLOY Secondary Headteacher

    Michael’s journey in education has taken him from schools in the United Kingdom, to Ecuador and to Dubai; where he is currently the Secondary Headteacher for Kings' School Al Barsha 

    Previous to Headship in Kings' School Al Barsha, he held a prominent leadership position at the British Embassy School, in Quito, and arrives at Kings’ with an incredibly strong track record. He is looking forward to applying his experience and expertise to his new leadership role in Kings’ School Al Barsha and is excited by the prospect of helping to ensure our students’ further success as the Secondary School continues its dramatic growth.

    Michael’s leadership is driven by the simple premise that “our students only get one chance” and he strives to ensure that the schools in which he works are environments where the whole community is safe, engaged and enthused to learn.

Primary
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    Kerry Dalton Deputy Headteacher, Primary

    Mrs Dalton joins Kings' School Al Barsha with a wealth of leadership experience, including six years as Headteacher in a village primary school in rural North Yorkshire, leading her school through several highly successful inspections, and taking an executive role in the development of  a 60-school-wide Teaching School Alliance, as lead on mathematics and CPD for its School Direct students across the region.

    A First-Class BSc (Hons) degree in Primary Education with Mathematics, there is nothing she loves more than making connections between the classroom and the world beyond it, supporting teaching, and seeing children thrive as they learn.

    Appointed Local Leader of Education in 2017, she has developed a highly successful ‘Developing Effective Support in Mathematics: TA Toolkit’ 6-month training package, working alongside Yorkshire Ridings Maths Hub and STEM; is a published author of ‘Hands-On Maths’; and has worked internationally as a mathematics consultant, working with schools across the UK, Channel Islands, and in Dubai.

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    Rebecca Mundy Deputy Headteacher, FS

    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 an inner-city school. Rebecca has enjoyed the challenge of leading the Foundation Stage at Kings' School Al Barsha over the past two years and is immensely proud of the outstanding KHDA grading it has received. Rebecca is responsible for leading phonics and safeguarding across the school.

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    James Efford Assistant Headteacher

    Jamie graduated with a Geography degree in his hometown of Cambridge and went on to complete his PGCE at Nottingham University. He began his teaching career in North London and progressed to various leadership roles in Cambridgeshire, including four years as Assistant Headteacher. Recognised by the local authority as a lead practitioner, Jamie worked with schools across the county to improve the quality of teaching and went on to write whole-school curriculums. A keen data analyst, Jamie has also designed and implemented whole-school data and assessment frameworks.

    In his own time, Jamie enjoys the great outdoors. He is a keen golfer and cyclist, and recently completed his first triathlon in Snowdonia National Park.

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    Stephanie Milner Assistant Headteacher

    Steph began her teaching career in the North West of England, after graduating with a PGCE from Liverpool Hope University. She then taught across a range of year groups at schools in Greater Manchester and also worked as Foundation Stage and Key Stage One Leader before moving to Dubai. She joined the Kings’ family in 2015 as Year 2 class teacher at Kings’ School Al Barsha, later taking on the additional responsibility of Year 2 Leader. Steph is extremely passionate about enquiry based learning and allowing children to lead their own learning and develop their skills through exploration and challenge. She is thoroughly enjoying her new role as Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Year One and Year Two alongside leading on Maths across the whole of Primary.

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    Russell Smart Assistant Headteacher

    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.

Secondary
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    Louise Rolf Deputy Headteacher

    Lousie is joining Kings’from an ‘Outstanding’rated KHDA school. Her 10 years of leadership experience in Dubai, as both Head of Key Stage 3 and Head of Sixth Form, sees her arrive with an excellent reputation as a highly child centered leader with a track record of leading positive and productive change.

    Lousie arrives with an excellect reputation as a highly child-centred leader, with a track record of leading positive and productive change.

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    Brett Girven Deputy Headteacher

    With over fifteen years of experience in education, Brett’s journey began in the sciences with a passion for Environmental Science and Conservation Biology along with Education for Sustainability. Having experienced a range of roles from the classroom through to School Principal, Mr. Girven’s educational journey has taken him from his native New Zealand to the United Kingdom, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and now to the UAE. Mr. Girven looks forward to bringing his enthusiasm for education and passion for leadership to support the students and staff at Kings'.

    Beyond education, Brett’s personal interests lie mainly in the outdoor and sporting arenas. Growing up on the beautiful coastline of New Zealand he has surfed, skied and competed in a range of sports since his earliest memories. Having played semi- professional rugby in NZ and the UK and coached numerous other sports, since arriving in the Middle East, he has taken up triathlon and cycling and is currently training for cycling and ironman races.

    With two children, Brett loves the pace, excitement and global citizenship of living in Dubai, and is excited to add his expertise, energy and optimism to the Kings' family.

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    Natasha Ringshaw Assistant Headteacher, KS4

    Natasha is new to the Kings’ family and brings with her a wide variety of leadership experience, having led highly successful English departments internationally, both here in Dubai and Mexico.

    Her IB Diploma experience will be highly valuable in our next steps as we seek to broaden our offerings at post-16 level, and her highly academic background and approach will ensure that our students in Key Stage 4 are well prepared for GCSEs and post-16 education.

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    Scott Johnson Assistant Headteacher, KS3

    Scott is an inspirational teacher and highly regarded leader here at Kings’. His excellent reputation flows from his innovative and cutting-edge approaches, to ensuring his students are both passionate and successful in his subject area.

    His dynamic approach is already seeing him lead key initiatives to improve student learning next year, and we are excited to have his dynamism and creativity at a senior level where he will have a huge impact.