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New Appointments at Royal Grammar School Guildford Dubai

by Eddie Rayner

A former student, and current teacher at RGS Guildford in the UK, Mr Joe Creal is extremely excited to be part of the founding team at the Royal Grammar School Guildford Dubai (RGSGD) and is very much looking forward to bringing to Dubai the spirit of the Royal Grammar School Guildford in the UK, a school that he loves and knows so well. 

Mrs Laura Evans is a proud custodian of the Royal Grammar School Guildford’s values and learning habits after heading up the Learning Support and EAL Departments at the Prep school at RGS Guildford in the UK for the past 11 years! Mrs Evans joins RGSGD as Head of Inclusion and is already with the team in Dubai, assisting with pupil assessments ahead of the opening of the school.

The Director of Sport at RGSGD is Mr James Bennett. He brings more than 15 years of experience in teaching at prestigious preparatory schools in the UK. Mr Bennett was once the Director of Sport at RGS Guildford in the UK, and has extensive coaching experience in cricket, football, swimming, athletics, gymnastics and climbing.

Appointed as Head of Early Years, Mrs Angela Sutherland has 16 years of school leadership experience across the primary age range from roles in both the UK and the Middle East. Mrs Sutherland is delighted to be bringing her knowledge and experience to RGSGD and joins from a school in the UAE, which has consistently been rated outstanding for the past five years for its Early Years Department.

Mrs Beckie Bennett is delighted to be joining RGSGD as Assistant Head of Key Stage 1 and has more than 10 years of Primary, Early Years and Sports teaching experience. After spending the last three years as a Deputy Head, Mrs Bennett is highly experienced in adapting to teaching various cultures and nationalities. She is looking forward to getting started ahead of the opening of RGSGD in August.

Joining RGSGD as Assistant Head, Lower Key Stage 2 is Mr Imran Akhtar. Mr Akhtar has 13 years of teaching experience both from schools based in the UK and here in the UAE. He joins from a primary school in the UK, where he was a member of the Senior Leadership Team and a Curriculum and Phase Leader. He is looking forward to returning to Dubai, having previously worked at an outstanding rated school here.

Mrs Sajida Al Bashir brings 24 years of Arabic, Islamic and Social Studies teaching experience from schools across the Middle East to the role at RGSGD. She joins as Head of Arabic and Islamic Studies and is an experienced Head of Department who regularly contributes to conferences and national debates about curriculum developments.