KINGS’ SCHOOL NAD AL SHEBA
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TEAM

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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    Rebecca Gray Director of Education

    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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    Kerry Dalton Principal

    Kerry joins Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba from Kings’ School Al Barsha where she fulfilled the role of Deputy Headteacher. Kerry has 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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    James Efford Deputy Headteacher

    James 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, James worked with schools across the county to improve the quality of teaching and went on to write whole-school curriculums. A keen data analyst, James has also designed and implemented whole-school data and assessment frameworks.

    James moved to Dubai in 2017 and joins Kings' School Nad Al Sheba from Kings' School Al Barsha, where he was Assistant Headteacher. 

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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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    Cara Wallace Head of Inclusion

    Cara developed her love for teaching at university in London, where she took part in a range of placements at inner-city schools. She went on to complete her teacher training, specialising in Early Years, before going on to gain a Masters in Special and Additional Needs.

    Cara's experience spans both mainstream and special needs schools and she continues to develop her knowledge and understanding of how to provide the best possible learning environment for all children. Here at Kings' Nad Al Sheba, Cara leads the LInK provision.