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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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    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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    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.

    Joining Kings’ School Dubai as Deputy Headteacher in 2014, Bede led on curriculum and assessment reform. Bede was appointed Principal in 2016 and continues to drive the improvement agenda, ensuring that Kings’ exceptional standards remain high.

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    Louise Barber Deputy 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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    Rachel Bendle Assistant Headteacher FS

    Rachel graduated from Northumbria University with a BA (Hons) in Early Primary Education, where her passion for teaching in Early Years began. She started her teaching career in County Durham, before moving to Dubai in 2016. Rachel has been an integral part of Kings’ School Duabi’s outstanding Foundation Stage team for the past 5 years, teaching in both Foundation Stage One and Foundation Stage Two, and then successfully fulfilling the role of Foundation Stage One Year Leader. Rachel is extremely proud to be a part of the outstanding Kings’ group and to be leading a phase of highly skilled and motivated practitioners.

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    Amy McDonnell Assistant Headteacher YR1&2

    Amy was born in Ireland and received her teaching qualification from St Patrick’s College in Drumcondra in 2005. Amy began her teaching career at St Patrick’s BNS in Dublin before moving to Dubai in 2008, where she took some time out of her career to have children. Amy returned to full time teaching in 2012 and has been a part of the Kings’ family since. During this time, Amy has worked in Foundation Stage, Learning Support and, more recently, Year 1 Leader and Phonics Leader before securing the role of Assistant Headteacher.

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    Kate Waters Assistant Headteacher YR3&4

    Kate has a Bachelor of Education Degree from Liverpool University and started her teaching career in the UK before relocating to China and subsequently the Philippines. During her career, Kate has taught in British, US and IB curriculum schools, allowing her to draw on a variety of styles and philosophies in the classroom. Dubai has been home for Kate since 2010 and, during that time, she has taught Years 3 to 6 both as teacher and Year Leader. Kate feels passionately about creating a safe and nurturing environment that allows children.

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    Louise McNamara Assistant Headteacher, YR5&6

    Louise gained a degree in English and Media from De Montfort University in the UK in 2005. From there, Louise pursued a career in accountancy before her passion for teaching and education lead her to Warwick University in 2013, where she graduated with a PGCE in Primary Education with an English specialism. Having taught for three years in a UK school, Louise moved to Dubai and joined the Kings’ family. During her time here, Louise has worked within Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 both as a class teacher and a year leader. Louise is responsible for ensuring that the student voice is represented across the curriculum as well as wider school initiatives, such as charity events. Louise is extremely excited and proud to be appointed Assistant Headteacher for Phase 4 and looks forward to working alongside the outstanding Kings’ School Dubai leadership team.

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    Becky Hayward Head of Inclusion

    Becky graduated with a BA/ Bsc (Hons) in Education and Geography in 2006 and began teaching in Bristol. Throughout her career, she has taught from Year 1 through to Year 6 and has led in many key curriculum areas. In 2016, Becky became SENCO and Assistant Head of a primary school in Bristol and began her role as an Attachment Theory and Autism specialist.

    In 2019, Becky moved to Dubai to join the Kings’ family, where she has taken on the role of Inclusion Leader and SENCO.