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LEADERSHIP TEAM

The Kings’ Leadership team is a group of highly qualified and experienced people, whose focus is to ensure that Kings’ achieves its commitment to deliver ‘The Best By Every Child’. This is done by providing outstanding support and direction for our team of highly experienced and talented teaching staff.

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    Alan Williamson Director of Education and Principal, Kings’ School Al Barsha

    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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    Bede Higgins Principal of Kings’ School Dubai

    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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    Darren Gale Principal of Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba

    Darren graduated with a degree in Languages and Linguistics. He started his teaching career in 1999, as a Modern Languages teacher in a school in Wiltshire, England. Following a variety of leadership posts in the UK, he joined GEMS Jumeirah College as the Director of Learning and Teaching in 2006.

    In 2009, after gaining his NPQH from the National College of School Leaders, Darren joined Aldar Academies, as the Head of Secondary in a large British International School, in Abu Dhabi. He was later promoted to Principal, and under his leadership the school was twice rated a Band A school and further accredited by British Schools in the Middle East (BSME) as ‘well above the standard’ in all accreditation performance standards.

    Darren is passionate about learning, and leading the development of schools so they become the best they can be for their most precious asset: the children. This aligns perfectly with the vision and mission of Kings’ Schools.

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    Kevin Stedman Senior Education Adviser

    Kevin is Senior Education Adviser to the Kings’ family of schools, the most successful group of schools in Dubai. He is also the Director of his own education consultancy, operating internationally and specialising in all aspects of school design and the engagement of outstanding school leaders.

    Kings’ School Dubai, the flagship Kings’ Education school, is the only school in the United Arab Emirates to have achieved the rating of outstanding every year since inspections began in Dubai. Kevin’s foresight and vision, together with the ambition and creative ability of the company’s Chairman, have ensured that Kings’ has become a world-class leader in independent education. Two other Kings’ Schools are now open in Dubai, at opposite ends of the city, and the work continues to do ‘The Best by Every Child’.

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    Rebecca Gray Primary Headteacher, 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. Rebecca joins Kings’ School Al Barsha as Primary Headteacher from September 2016 and has already spent considerable time beforehand getting to know the Kings’ family.
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    Michael Bloy Secondary Headteacher, Kings' School Al Barsha

    Michael’s journey in education has taken him from schools in the United Kingdom, to Dubai and to Ecuador; returning back to Dubai in August 2017 to join Kings' School Al Barsha as Secondary Headteacher.

    Previous to Headship in the British Embassy School, Michael held a prominent leadership position in an outstanding UK Curriculum School in Dubai and arrives at Kings’ with an incredibly strong track record. He thoroughly enjoys applying his experience and expertise to his leadership role in Kings’ School Al Barsha and is excited by the opportunity 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.

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Kings’ Education Team

The Kings’ Education team is a dynamic, forward-thinking and highly skilled group of people who are there to support the families and staff of Kings’ Schools. The Kings' Education management team consists of: