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by Eddie Rayner

These new appointments represent notable achievements during a year of unprecedented disruption and change. Congratulations to all on their new roles.

Reach British School Appoints Sarah Warncken as the Head of Secondary

Reach British School, part of International Schools Partnership (ISP), has appointed Sarah Warncken as the Head of Secondary. Sarah, along with being a qualified teacher, holds a BA Hons Law and Sociology Degree from the University of Kent. She joins the team at Reach British School with over 10 years of experience in teaching and leadership roles in schools in the UK.

David Keating Announced as English and Theory of Knowledge Teacher at Deira International School

David Keating, who has worked in international education for over eight years as both a secondary school English teacher and Education Consultant, has been named new English and Theory of Knowledge Teacher at Deira International School. David is particularly interested in teacher observation culture in schools, which was the subject of his Master’s thesis for his MBA in Educational Leadership. 

Universal American School Appoints Jermaine Lattimore as New Athletics Director

Al Futtaim Education Foundation has appointed Jermaine Lattimore as Athletics Director for Universal American School (UAS). Jermaine is a Florida state certified K-12 Physical Education teacher and holds a BA in Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Central Washington University. Under his leadership, the athletics department will have a clear foundation and gear for premier sports activities that UAS is known for. 

New IB Roles and New Educators at Swiss International School Dubai

Swiss International School Dubai, the emirate’s first bilingual International Baccalaureate School, has begun the academic year with a new cohort of impressive teachers. Rania Hussein is the school’s new Deputy Head, Charles Cejka the new IB Diploma Coordinator, Carolyn Siklos now heads up the school’s IB MYP section as MYP Curriculum Coordinator, and Anthony Loxston-Baker is Swiss International School Dubai’s new Theory and Knowledge and Extended Essay expert.

Star International School Mirdif Appoints Neal Oates as New Principal

Star Education has appointed Neal Joseph Oates as the new Principal of Star International School Mirdif. Having vast experience in the education sector, Neal Oates has worked in schools renowned for their academic standards across the region and joined the Star Mirdif team in September 2019. Boasting a solid and successful background in education, Principal Oates has won multiple awards for work in the STEAM curriculum.

Bright Learners Private School Appoints New Principal

Bright Learners Private School, a bespoke American school located in Al Rashidiya, Dubai, has a newly appointed Principal, Sulaiman Akbar. “I am honoured to be joining the Bright Learners community as its new Principal. One of my biggest focuses coming into this school year is to ensure that every child’s needs are met in order for them to meet their full potential,” he commented.

Star Education Appoints Gill Roberts as Director of Education

Star Education, a fast-growing educational institution with a number of schools offering British and American curricula, has announced the appointment of Gill Roberts as Director of Education. She will oversee the institution’s overall direction, operations and long-term growth. She will oversee the operations of certification and credentialing programmes, further enhancing the school’s academic standards on a larger scale. 

New Principal at Al Salam Community School

Al Salam Community School, Dubai, is delighted to announce its new Principal, Mr Kifaya Khan, a qualified British Headteacher with 20 years of experience in education. Initially graduating in Computer Engineering from Queen Mary’s, University of London, and then also reading a second bachelor’s degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Kifaya Khan’s first appointment as Principal was at the early age of 32.

Brighton College Al Ain Announce New Headmaster

Simon Corns, who has led Brighton College Abu Dhabi for almost five years, under which time the school has achieved Outstanding status from ADEK and year on year excellent GCSE and A-Level results, will be moving to Brighton College Al Ain as the new Headmaster following Dr Ken Grieg’s retirement.

Ian Thurston, New Principal of DIA Emirates Hills

Ian Thurston has been named the new Principal of DIA Emirates Hills. With a BA Economics & Mathematics PGCE from the University of Sheffield and NPQH from University College London, Ian excels in many areas, including IB education, pastoral care and safeguarding, data analysis, curriculum innovation, and staff development. Ian says he is “delighted and proud to join the amazing Innoventures Education as Principal of DIA Emirates Hills.”

Mark Butler Named Secondary Principal at Al Bateen Academy

A MSc. educated school leader with extensive experience within an international setting, Mark Butler was recently announced as the new Secondary Principal at Al Bateen Academy. A dynamic and energetic leader, Mark is passionate about facilitating the growth of both his team and his students, using many diverse transferable skills that assist in school improvement, behaviour management, staff development, and student achievement. 

Brighton College Abu Dhabi Announce New Headmistress

Helen Wilkinson will be joining Brighton College Abu Dhabi as the new Headmistress. She arrives from Le Régent International School, Crans Montana, in Switzerland; an independent international boarding and day school affiliated with the prestigious Institut Le Rosey. At the school, she had two key roles: Head of Secondary School and Head of Academics, and successfully supported the growth and development of the school.