KINGS’ SCHOOL AL BARSHA
Get Prospectus BOOK A TOUR

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
  • Team
    REBECCA GRAY Director of Education & Principal

    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. 

  • Team
    Sarah Reynolds Primary Headteacher

    Sarah graduated with a degree in Music from Durham University in 2004. She then studied for a PGCE at the University of Cambridge, gaining QTS status in August 2006. Sarah began her teaching career in Cambridgeshire, and moved on to Berkshire, before leaving the UK for Dubai in 2011 where she began her relationship with Kings’. She has taken a number of leadership roles throughout her career, including Leader of Gifted and Talented provision while in Cambridgeshire, and Head of Key Stage 2 in Berkshire. Previously at Kings’ School Dubai, Sarah held the positions of Leader of Key Stage 1, Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. 

  • Team
    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
  • Team
    Rebecca Tennant Deputy Headteacher

    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.

  • Team
    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.

  • Team
    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.

  • Team
    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.

  • Team
    Mohammed Salameh Head of Arabic
    Dr Mohammad Salameh is a director of Arabic at Kings' School Al Barsha. He has a PhD in Pre-Islamic poetry and has been teaching Arabic in the Middle East for 18 years. Mohammad is passionate about using digital resources and critical thinking skills to motivate students and enhance their learning experience. He has a keen interest in all things technological and has lead several workshops for KHDA, Spark and various schools throughout Dubai.
  • Team
    Michelle Heap Head of Inclusion
Secondary
  • Team
    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.

  • Team
    Scott Johnson Deputy Headteacher

    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.

  • Team
    Natasha Ringshaw Assistant Headteacher

    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.

  • Team
    Tabu Saul Head of Sixth Form
    Tabu graduated in Biology from University College London followed by a PGCE from Homerton College, Cambridge. Prior to teaching, Tabu worked in industry, in the procurement and global marketing teams for Mars. She previously worked in two schools in Dubai, including an Outstanding KHDA rated school where she was Head of Sixth Form. Tabu leads the our post 16 studies and undertakes careers counselling, which has seen our A-Level graduates placed at prestigious universities globally.
  • Team
    Mohammed Salameh Head of Arabic
    Dr Mohammad Salameh is a director of Arabic at Kings' School Al Barsha. He has a PhD in Pre-Islamic poetry and has been teaching Arabic in the Middle East for 18 years. Mohammad is passionate about using digital resources and critical thinking skills to motivate students and enhance their learning experience. He has a keen interest in all things technological and has lead several workshops for KHDA, Spark and various schools throughout Dubai.
  • Team
    Lucy Walker Head of Inclusion
    Lucy leads our Learning Inclusion Team in Secondary. She is responsible for ensuring that every child receives the appropriate provision to support their learning needs.