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The team at Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba 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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    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 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.

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    Kate Fuller Principal

    A British national with more than 15 years of teaching and senior leadership experience, Kate has successfully guided children and teaching teams in the UK and internationally. Kate joins Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba from the British International School of Houston, a Nord Anglia Education school, where she was head of primary. She also spent a number of years in Kuala Lumpur as Principal of the primary campus at the top-rated Alice Smith School, prior to which she held headships and strategic education consultant roles in the UK.

    Kate’s teaching career first began when she reached out to schools in her local area to do voluntary work. She decided that working with young people was enriching and trained to become a teacher. In her first year, Kate worked with the local authority to mentor new teachers from overseas and graduate teachers. She quickly progressed up the leadership ladder and has had experience of working for all types of schools, from small village schools with just three classes for all age groups to secondary schools with 2,000 students.

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    Ashleigh Thompson Deputy Headteacher

    Ashleigh graduated with a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature from Newcastle University and went on to complete a Masters in Creative Writing in the Classroom. She started her teaching career at a large inner-city primary school in Newcastle, quickly progressing to subject lead before taking a seat on the senior leadership team as department lead.

    Ashleigh moved to Dubai to be Head of FS in a large British-curriculum primary school and in 2016, was appointed founding Director and Principal of IDEA Early Learning Centre. Ashleigh has led workshops across Dubai on effective educational leadership and developing children’s creative voice. She delivered the founding workshop for Which School Advisor’s Early Years Best Practice Forum and has presented at the Middle East and North Africa Teacher Summit. 

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    Amanda Buckley Assistant Headteacher

    Amanda spent ten years of her childhood growing up in Abu Dhabi before returning to the UK to complete a BSc in Human Sciences at the University of Sussex in 2010. She went on to complete her PGCE from the University of Manchester in 2011 before beginning her teaching career at a school in North Manchester.

    Having gained experience across both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, Amanda realised how passionate she was about inclusive education and worked her way up to becoming SENCo. She completed the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination at Manchester Metropolitan University with a distinction. Having always wanted to return to the UAE, Amanda joined Kings’ in September 2016 and is responsible for leading The Achievement Centre at the Nad Al Sheba campus.

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    Samuel Holliday Assistant Headteacher

    Sam was born in the South West of England, where he started his professional career. After studying for a BEd degree, he spent six years teaching whilst also advising the Local Education Authority on English and Language skills and achieving a Master’s Degree in Primary Education.

    After three successful years as Assistant Headteacher in Dubai, Sam leads on Data, Assessment and Curriculum Design and Adaptation. Sam has a strong background in modern education; consulting on a unique global professional learning platform for children and leading professional development clusters across Dubai. Sam is a passionate educator and a keen sportsman.

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    Joanne Taylor Assistant Headteacher

    Joanne began her 20-year teaching career with a BEd (Hons) from the University of Chester, where she participated in an international teaching placement in New Zealand and went on to receive the outstanding teaching award for her graduating year. Joanne spent four years teaching in Manchester where she held several roles before moving to Bahrain in 2001, where she was part of the founding team for the BSME games.

    Joanne has taught in several prestigious schools in Bahrain, Malaysia, Abu Dhabi and Dubai and has taught every year group from FS2 to Year 6 whilst also holding key positions leading Literacy, Numeracy and Science. Joanne is an experienced educator, working not only with the British Curriculum, but also the International Primary Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate.