Assistant Headteacher Student Support
After qualifying as a primary teacher in 1994, I have had a long and fulfilling career as an educator. I joined GEMS Cambridge International School in its inaugural year. I had previously worked in very small semi-rural primary school in Wales for 20 years as Head of Infants and Foundation Stage. During that time, I spent six years as SENCo and implemented Read Write Inc into the school before gaining promotion to Head of Infants. I implemented the new Foundation Stage Curriculum in the school and acted as a mentor for surrounding schools. I joined GEMS, in 2013 initially as Head of Foundation Stage. My background of early years and basic skills supported me in one of the biggest transitions of my career as we opened our doors to over 500 new FS students.
In 2017 I became Head of Inclusion. Enabling students to achieve their potential and breaking down barriers to learning had always been a passion of mine. The department grew as the GEMS CIA became known for its inclusive approach. I became Designated Safeguarding Lead and Assistant Head of School in 2017-2018. My school wide roll allowed me to develop a holistic programme of Student Support including, behavioural, social, emotional, academic & EAL. I have recently supported the school in gaining three of the five Optimus Awards for best practice and have overseen the Safeguarding Alliance award for our safeguarding culture. We have also recently been commended by ADEK for our Inclusion Provision. It is my honour to serve the students, staff and families of GEMS Cambridge Abu Dhabi.