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Team

The team at Kings’ School Dubai includes the Leadership Team, Primary and Specialist Teachers, Learning Assistants and Support Staff. It is a dynamic, forward thinking, highly skilled and happy group of people, all striving to do ‘The Best By Every Child’.

The Leadership Team
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    Bede Higgins Principal

    Bede obtained a degree in Mathematics and Psychology from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, followed by a Diploma of Teaching in Mathematics, Physical Education and Outdoor Education from Christchurch College of Education. He began his teaching career at Tauranga Boys’ College, New Zealand, where he taught Mathematics and Physical Education. Moving to the UK, Bede continued teaching, this time specialist Physical Education at Thomas’s London Day School.

    After relocating to Dubai, Bede was appointed Head of Physical Education at Jumeirah Primary School. During this time, he joined the Leadership Team with a specific brief for Curriculum Design, and also completed his NPQH.

    In September 2010, Bede joined Dubai English Speaking School as Assistant Headteacher, again with responsibility for Curriculum. In 2012, Bede successfully completed a Master’s degree in Leadership and Management.

    Since joining Kings’ School Dubai as Deputy Headteacher in 2014, Bede has led on Curriculum and Assessment in collaboration with our other Kings’ Schools. Now as Principal, he continues to lead on this area ensuring that Kings’ exceptional standards remain high.

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    Sarah Reynolds Deputy 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. Since joining Kings’ School Dubai, she has held the positions of Leader of Key Stage 1 and Assistant Headteacher. Now, as Deputy Headteacher, she is responsible for leading the school in the areas of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, and Learning and Teaching.

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    Claire Lavery Assistant Headteacher

    Claire is from Buckinghamshire and has a Bed (Hons) degree with a major in
    English literature. She is also a trained Reading Recovery teacher and has worked as an Early Years
    Team Inspector in the UK. Claire has a passion for play-based and child-centred learning so has
    chosen to spend her entire career in Early Years Education. She strongly believes that it's through
    play-based experiences, where children are encouraged to investigate and use their imaginations,
    that children make sense of their world, as they engage with others and explore their environment.

    Claire has taught in many different countries in a variety of settings, including
    Pakistan, Germany, Azerbaijan, Ghana and the UK. During this time, she has led on Art and English,
    taken on the roles of Key Stage One Coordinator, SENCO, Assistant Head of Early Years and acting
    Deputy Head. Claire has also been the Head of Pre Prep in an Independent girls’ school with a
    consistently outstanding Early Years Department.

    At Kings', Claire leads a highly skilled team of teachers and learning assistants in the Foundation Stage.

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    Louise Barber Assistant Headteacher

    Louise graduated with a BA Hons. in Education in 2006 and began teaching in Cheshire, England. For the first few years of her career she taught a range of year groups and took on the role of SENCo. In September 2012, she moved to a school outside Liverpool; it was here she progressed from a class teacher and SENCo to KS1 Leader. In 2015 Louise moved to Dubai to join Kings’ where she has been the Year Leader for both Year 1 and then Year 2 at Kings’ School Al Barsha. Most recently, she was appointed Assistant Headteacher for Year 1 and Year2 at Kings’ School Dubai.

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    Suzanne Stratton Assistant Headteacher

    Suzanne pursued a Bachelor of Education (Honours) Degree at Chester College, graduating in 1994. Suzanne started working in London as a Year 4 class teacher before looking for a new challenge and moving to Saudi Arabia as a specialist teacher of Design & Technology. Having being part of the design process of a new school and supporting its initial growth, she then returned to Europe where she taught Years 3 and 4 in the British School of the Hague, leading Design and Technology. Having enjoyed working in the Middle East, Suzanne moved to Dubai, where she has taught at Jebel Ali Primary School and Kings’ School Dubai.

    Whilst focused on the drive for learning and development of children, Suzanne has been part of Kings' School Dubai doubling in size and supporting the opening of 2 sister schools. During the past 7 years, Suzanne has been Year 2 Leader, Phase Leader and currently Assistant Headteacher for Years 3 and 4, responsible for leading Science and supporting Islamic Studies. A reflective practitioner, Suzanne welcomes feedback to move learning forward and keep standards high.

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    Georgia Lavery Assistant Headteacher

    Georgia was born in Liverpool, England, and gained her teaching qualification from Liverpool Hope University College. She began her career in 1999 at a large multicultural school in Eastham, London, before moving to Dubai in 2002. Her first seven years in Dubai were spent teaching at GEMS Jumeirah Primary School, where she held a number of roles including Head of Literacy and Gifted and Talented Education. Georgia joins Kings’ School Dubai as Assistant Headteacher from Dubai English Speaking School, where she taught for six years as an advanced skills teacher and more recently as the Phase Leader for Years Five and Six.