KINGS’ SCHOOL AL BARSHA
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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
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    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.

    Rebecca became Deputy Headteacher at a school in Huntingdon, during which time she also completed her National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). Rebecca has since been the Headteacher of a primary school in Northamptonshire, founding Principal of a preparatory school, and an Improvement Cluster Lead for the David Ross Education Trust where she led on whole-school improvement for seven of the Trust's primary schools.

    Rebecca joined Kings’ School Al Barsha as Primary Headteacher in September 2016 before progressing to Principal. Rebecca is also now the Director of Education for the Kings'Education group.

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    Sarah Isberg Primary Headteacher

    Sarah’s career in education spans 22 years, with over 15 years’ headship experience leading primary and secondary schools in both the State and Private sectors. Prior to joining Kings’, Sarah was Deputy CEO and Executive Headteacher of a UK-based academy chain, and a registered inspector for the Independent School Inspectorate (ISI). Sarah has worked at local, regional, and national level within the UK education sector, where she has made significant contributions to Interim Executive Boards to support schools in both achieving and maintaining an outstanding rating. Sarah was also an active Local Leader of Education for the UK Department for Education. Sarah has an unwavering focus for achieving the highest of standards in every aspect of school life. She understands what excellence looks like and is committed to ensuring aspirations for all. She values high quality learning and development for children, their families, and for education professionals to establish, cultivate, grow and succeed in their lives.

     

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    Paul Taylor Secondary Headteacher

    Paul has extensive school leadership experience, in a range of sectors, spanning eleven years across three very different schools. Prior to joining Kings’, Paul was the Principal of a UK-based private, all-through, co-educational day and boarding school which dates back to 1753. In this role, Paul gained a wealth of knowledge across both the Primary and Early Years, as well as Secondary, giving him a great appreciation of the educational journey of a child from age three to eighteen.” 

    Whilst Paul has a proven track record for achieving record results at both GCSE and A-Level within his schools, he is a passionate believer in the development of the whole child, with a clear educational philosophy that emphasises individual growth in an all-round sense.

    Paul is a hands-on leader who enjoys spending time in the classroom with pupils, hearing firsthand how they are progressing. Valuing his broader responsibility, he ensures that all pupils have the academic, extra-curricular and pastoral systems that will allow them to develop the intellectual and personality traits to succeed in the exciting but challenging world of today.

Primary
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    Rebecca Tennant Deputy Headteacher

    Rebecca is a highly regarded member of the leadership team who joined Kings’ School Al Barsha in 2015. She 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 as part of a team setting up a new Early Years unit in Durham. She then moved to Key Stage One, before taking on a leadership role in an inner-city school. 

    Rebecca enjoyed the challenge of leading the Foundation Stage at Kings' School Al Barsha for five years before being promoted to Deputy Headteacher for Primary. In this role, Rebecca continues to lead the Early Years whilst also working closely with the Arabic team and fulfilling the position of Designated Safeguarding Lead. Rebecca is incredibly proud of being part of the Kings' journey and is excited to continue developing the school's excellent practice. 

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    Stephanie Milner Deputy Headteacher

    Stephanie began her teaching career in Manchester, in the North West of England. After gaining a wealth of teaching experience across Foundation Stage, Key Stage One, and Key Stage Two, Stephanie gained valuable leadership experience as Foundation Stage and Key Stage One Leader, also leading on English and Curriculum Development. 

    A very familiar face in the Kings' School Al Barsha Community, Stephanie joined the Kings' family in 2015. She spent her first three years working in Key Stage One, where she thoroughly enjoyed leading our young learners in Year 1 and Year 2. In 2018, Stephanie continued in her role as Assistant Headteacher, moving to KS2 to lead Year 5 and Year 6 where she worked closely with her year leaders to develop students' use of technology to enhance learning opportunities in meaningful ways and to develop student's independent learning skills. 

    As Deputy Headteacher, Stephanie is a dedicated and highly regarded member of the senior leadership team who is committed to continuing to develop and maintain the highest standards and outstanding provision across the school. Stephanie leads on Curriculum Development and Specialist Teaching and works alongside the University of Birmingham in Dubai as a Student Teacher Professional Mentor.

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    Stephanie Johnson Assistant Headteacher FS

    Stephanie graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2005 with a BA (Hons) in Education. She began her teaching career as a Primary Teacher in the Inverclyde region of Scotland. After three years she moved into a role in Early Years education, supporting children with Special Educational Needs. Stephanie led a team of teachers, providing specialist support to all Early Years education settings within the Midlothian region. During this time Stephanie realised her passion for Early Years education and this is where she has dedicated the past 12 years of her career.

    Stephanie has worked as part of our outstanding and innovative Foundation Stage team since September 2016 as both an FS1 teacher and Year Leader before being promoted to Assistant Headteacher.

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    Hannah Fleetwood Assistant Headteacher YR1&2

    Hannah graduated from the University of Brighton with a degree in Primary Education, specialising in English, and began her teaching career in West Sussex. She joined the Kings’ family in 2013 and was part of the founding team at Kings’ Nad Al Sheba, where she gained a wealth of experience leading teams across Key Stage Two.

    In 2015, Hannah moved to Kings’ School Dubai, where she enjoyed developing her experience as Year Leader in both Year 2 and Year 6, and leading on the introduction of Seesaw across the primary school. Hannah’s teaching ethos is based around guiding children to become independent, resilient and creative learners who are happy to take risks and confident to take on a challenge.

    Hannah joins Kings’ School Al Barsha as Assistant Headteacher for Years 1 and 2, with additional responsibility for Science and Enterprise.

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    Charlotte Coade Assistant Headteacher YR3&4

    Charlotte graduated from Northampton University before starting her teaching career at a small village school in Northampton where she was a Year 6 teacher for five years. She led ICT across the school and became the first Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator who led to the school being recognised as a Microsoft Showcase School. As part of this, she held workshops across the county and became a guest speaker at the London BETT show.

    Charlotte joined Kings’ School Al Barsha in 2016 before being promoted to Year Leader in her second year. Since then she has taught across Years 6, 5 and 3 with a passion for ensuring learning is accessed by all whilst setting high expectations to ensure quality outcomes. She has a particular interest in English and promoting regular reading.

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    Rebecca Clarkson Assistant Headteacher YR5&6

    Rebecca began her teaching career in Surrey, after graduating with a BA (Hons) Degree in Primary Education. After gaining experience teaching across Key Stage 2, Rebecca went on to become Head of Year for both Years 5 and 6 where she developed her leadership skills.

    Rebecca joined Kings’ School Al Barsha in 2017 and spent her first two years working in Year 6 before being promoted to the role of Year Leader, where she thoroughly enjoyed leading our young learners as they transitioned to secondary school.

    Rebecca prides herself on providing learning opportunities to develop independent, lifelong learners.

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    Mohamed Ali Mohamed Director of Arabic

    Mohamed graduated with a Bachelor of Education, with a major in Arabic, from Alexandria University in Egypt followed by a Diploma in Arabic Curriculum Design. Mohamed began teaching Arabic in Alexandria International School for native and non-native speakers and was an iGCSE Arabic teacher prior to taking on Head of Arabic. He also worked as a team inspector for Arabic and Islamic in Egypt.

    After relocating to Dubai, Mohamed joined Kings’ School Al Barsha as a secondary Arabic teacher and in 2016, was appointed Head of Arabic at Kings’ School Dubai. More recently, Mohamed completed a PhD in Education and is now undertaking further studies for his National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL).

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    Michelle Heap Head of Primary Inclusion

    Michelle joined Kings' School Al Barsha in September 2018 as Primary SENCo and Leader of the Primary Inclusion Team.  Prior to this, she was working in an outstanding primary school in the UK with the dual responsibilities of Deputy Head and SENCO. 

    Michelle has over 14 years of experience teaching in outstanding schools in both the UK and Dubai, working across both Key Stage 1 and 2, teaching all year groups and leading on Literacy throughout. She gained her NASENCO qualification in 2011, having worked as a SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) from 2010.  

    As the lead of the Primary Inclusion Team, Michelle manages a team of 17 skilled professionals and is responsible for ensuring that every child receives the appropriate provision to support their learning needs. She is a passionate advocate of inclusive education and a firm believer in the school ethos of `best by every child'.

Secondary
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    Louise Rolf Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral)

    Louise graduated with a degree in History from the University of Sheffield in 2003 and headed back to her hometown of Liverpool to complete her teacher training, gaining Qualified Teacher Status in 2004. From there, Louise worked in a large successful school in North West London as both a teacher and, later, Head of Department.

    In 2008, Louise decided to make the move to international teaching where she worked at another KHDA Outstanding school as Head of Sixth Form and, later, Assistant Headteacher. 

    Louise joined Kings’ School Al Barsha in 2018 with an excellent reputation as a highly child-centred leader, with a track record of leading positive and productive change.

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    Scott Johnson Deputy Headteacher (Curriculum)

    Scott is an inspirational teacher with degrees in Product Design Engineering and Computer and Electronic Systems Engineering from Scotland. He is a highly regarded leader here at Kings’. His excellent reputation flows from his innovative and cutting-edge approaches, ensuring his students are both passionate and successful in his subject area.

    Scott's dynamic approach is already seeing him lead key initiatives to improve student learning, and we are excited to have his dynamism and creativity at a senior level with responsibility over curriculum and assessment.

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    Robyn Adams Assistant Headteacher YR7,8,9

    Robyn graduated with a degree in History and a PGCE in higher education in her hometown of Liverpool. Robyn went on to secure her first teaching job in Liverpool and, within a year, took on leadership for Teaching and Learning. Robyn joined Kings’ School Al Barsha in 2016 as a History teacher and has since held several leadership roles, including Head of Year 7, Lead Practioner, and Head of the very successful History department.

    Robyn prides herself on leading students to reach the height of academic success and empowering staff to develop practices that consider the whole child. robyn’s philosophy to education is to ensure that each student has the opportunity to fulfil and, more importantly, exceed their potential whilst also developing a lasting passion for learning and discovery.'

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    Premvati Patel Assistant Headteacher YR10&11

    Prem is a highly talented and versatile member of the Kings’ community who has been with us since 2016. Prior to her 13 years of leadership experience within teaching, Prem held a successful career within the media having worked as an Assistant Producer at the BBC for a number of years subsequent to her achieving an Honours degree in Broadcast Journalism. After completing her PGCE in Secondary Education, she embarked on her first teaching post with a leading school in Buckinghamshire, eventually moving onto a leadership position at a school in North West London helping it to become one of the top 2% achieving state schools in England. Her wealth of experience, in addition to working in production, includes multiple leadership responsibilities, including Head of English, Head of Drama as well as Senior Leader for Teaching and Learning.

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    Natasha Ringshaw Assistant Headteacher YR12&13

    Natasha brings to Kings' 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.

     

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    Mohamed Ali Mohamed Director of Arabic

    Mohamed graduated with a Bachelor of Education, with a major in Arabic, from Alexandria University in Egypt followed by a Diploma in Arabic Curriculum Design. Mohamed began teaching Arabic in Alexandria International School for native and non-native speakers and was an iGCSE Arabic teacher prior to taking on Head of Arabic. He also worked as a team inspector for Arabic and Islamic in Egypt.

    After relocating to Dubai, Mohamed joined Kings’ School Al Barsha as a secondary Arabic teacher and in 2016, was appointed Head of Arabic at Kings’ School Dubai. More recently, Mohamed completed a PhD in Education and is now undertaking further studies for his National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL).

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    Elliot Tooley Head of Secondary Inclusion

    Elliot completed his Bachelors degree in public service and started his educational career 12 years ago as an inclusion leader. Elliot has led positive change for whole-school inclusion across a range of settings, including a specialist SEND residential facility.

    Elliot has been working in Dubai since 2019 to continue his journey of empowering the most vulnerable students.

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    Iain Stewart Head of Student Achievement

    Iain is an inspirational and highly regarded leader and has been one of Kings’ long-standing staff members since 2013. He gained his teaching degree from Exeter University in the UK and holds every student at the centre of his educational approaches. He started at Kings’ Dubai and then moved to set up the outstanding PE Department that we have today at Kings’ School Al Barsha. Iain is an experienced KS3/4 and Sixth Form Year Leader and guided the first KS5 cohort through their A-Levels towards their aspirational goals of higher education.

    Iain is now concentrating on his new role as Head of Student Achievement in the secondary senior management team to empower and guide all students’ at Kings’ to be the best that they can be. His enthusiasm for PE continues as he delivers PE to the lower school students.

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    Tabu Saul Head of Futures

    Tabu graduated in Biology from University College London, followed by a PGCE from Homerton College, Cambridge. 

    After beginning her career at a North London school, Tabu branched out to gain some experience in industry, working in the procurement and global marketing teams for Mars. In 2003, shortly after returning to teaching, Tabu moved to Dubai. She has previously worked in two schools in Dubai, including an Outstanding KHDA rated school where she took her year group through from Year 9 to Year 13, before becoming Head of Sixth Form. At Kings', Tabu undertakes careers counselling, which has seen our A-Level graduates placed at prestigious universities globally.