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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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    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 joined 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 rapidly progressed to various leadership roles throughout 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 joined Kings' School Nad Al Sheba from Kings' School Al Barsha, where he was Assistant Headteacher. During his time with Kings', James has successfully completed his NPQH and been awarded a fellowship to the Chartered College of Teaching. 

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    Jennifer Dinari Assistant Headteacher FS

    Jennifer graduated in 2009 with a degree in Primary Education from the University of St Mark and St John. During this time, Jennifer completed two overseas teaching placements, which progressed her early teaching career internationally with Service Children Education. In Germany and Cyprus, Jennifer taught across the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. In these unique educational settings is where Jennifer established her passion for Inclusion. On moving back to the UK, Jennifer advanced her career, achieving the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENCo) from Oxford Brookes University. Jennifer then went on to work in Oxfordshire for three years, creating a culture of positive and passionate inclusive practise before joining Kings’, where she has taught in Foundation Stage Two and in the LInK team as SENCO, leading Inclusion throughout the school.

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    Raza Rizvi Assistant Headteacher Key Stage 1

    Raza graduated with a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from The University of York and went onto complete a Master’s degree in Religious Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He completed his PGCE in his hometown of Bradford and was awarded his Master’s degree in Education in 2018.

    Raza started teaching at an inner-city school in Bradford where he progressed to head of humanities and English with a passion for developing research-based pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning. He joined Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba in 2018 as Head of English and has designed and implemented a whole-school creative curriculum.

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    Jane Allman Assistant Headteacher Key Stage 2

    Jane graduated with a Law degree before going on to complete the Teach First Leadership Development Programme in Kent. Whilst on the programme, Jane was recognised as a pioneering practitioner and selected to take part in the National Innovation Series. Throughout her teaching career, Jane has worked across all key stages and led a number of departments, including Physical Education and Mathematics. Jane joined Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba in 2017 and has developed a number of new initiatives across the areas of maths, planning and assessment frameworks. As a teacher and leader, Jane is committed to providing all children with engaging, relevant and inspiring learning opportunities. 

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    Beth Golds Assistant Headteacher Key Stage 3

    Beth graduated with a BA (Hons) in English and worked for several years with adults and children of determination in educational settings prior to completing her PGCE in Secondary English. Beth went on to teach in East London schools and rapidly progressed to her first leadership position, coordinating Key Stage 3 English and overseeing Student Leadership.

    In 2018, Beth moved to Al Ain as Head of English and went on to become Deputy Head of Secondary. While working in Al Ain, Beth completed her Master’s in Leadership of School Mental Health and Wellbeing and is currently undertaking a post-graduate qualification for the International SEN Coordination Award.

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    Bryce Long Acting Assistant Headteacher

    Bryce graduated from the University of Northampton with a degree in Primary Education before moving on to teach across Key Stage 1 and 2 for six years in Northamptonshire. Bryce joined Kings’ School Al Barsha in 2016 and was appointed Head of Primary PE in 2017. As a result of his leadership, the department produced outstanding results in student development, progress and attainment, and in 2019 the whole-school PE department achieved the AfPE Quality Mark. Bryce has first-hand experience of how a Kings’ Education can equip all learners with a future-proof toolkit to ensure that at school, and in the wider community, they can demonstrate critical thinking, resilience and collaboration. More recently, Bryce has facilitated the NPQLT, supporting the development of aspiring leaders from around the Middle East.

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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 and the national award for Special Educational Needs Coordination.

    Cara has worked as Head of Year and Head of Department, and her experience spans both mainstream and special needs schools. At Kings’ Nad Al Sheba, Cara works with a team on developing the skills of learning assistants, promoting well being and providing the most suitable and positive provision for children with additional needs, English language learners and those who are more and exceptionally able. She continues to develop her knowledge and understanding of how to provide the best possible learning environment for all children. 

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    Heba Khalifa Head of Arabic

    Heba graduated with a Bachelors degree in Arabic Literature from Lebanese University in 2010. She then, more recently, studied a Diploma of Education in AlGhurair University in Dubai in 2018. Heba began her teaching career in Dubai in 2010, working in an Outstanding school. She joined Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba in 2018 as Head of Arabic. Heba leads the Arabic teaching team and works closely with senior leaders to ensure that Arabic teaching and learning is continually developing. Heba has been pivotal in developing professional relationships within the  Kings’ group of schools and across the Dubai educational landscape. In addition, Heba has been instrumental in designing a unique, innovative approach to teaching Arabic through a project called bilArabi with Pearson. Heba is passionate about providing real life contexts to ensure the children are inspired and motivated.