Over the last four years, the school has grown and developed into an exciting and vibrant place to be. The community has increased in size and, throughout the week, the school now has a constant buzz. The different sounds that echo around the school: of music playing; students talking and laughing; parents chatting and teachers imparting their knowledge and wisdom in the classrooms, are wonderful to hear. The first year of a school is always special, but for me, it is the subsequent years when the school really grows and develops. As with a complex ecosystem, the connections between different parts of the school begin to fuse as students, parents, staff and the wider community share a multitude of interactions and experiences. Everyone knows each other, greetings are shared in the morning, farewells in the afternoon, smiles exchanged, shoulders are leant on, and friendships shared. The security, happiness and the North London Collegiate School ethos are all palpable.
The School has built a strong reputation for offering an inspirational and ambitious education to students in Dubai. The International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum and a North London Collegiate School ethos are aligned in many ways and the academic experience we offer provides an incredibly enriching and engaging environment for our students. Whether it is in the classroom, on the sports field or in the School’s Performing Arts Centre we have high expectations and aspirations for all our students.
The most important feature of the School are the teachers that stand at the front of the classroom every day. We recruit highly qualified and passionate teachers who can engage and inspire the students in whatever subject they are teaching. The School has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and this is something that will continue to be a focus as we move towards our first set of IB results next summer in the Diploma and Middle Years Programme.
We are very lucky to have a wonderful site with fantastic facilities. This, combined with the outstanding pastoral care and focus on the extra-curricular life of the school, continues to ensure that the students enjoy coming to school every day and have every opportunity in fulfilling their potential and aiming for top universities around the world.
Having been part of the team that set up our school in South Korea in 2011 and of the setup of our school here in Dubai, I am now incredibly excited about taking North London Collegiate School Dubai into its next stage as Principal and look forward to meeting many of you who take the next step in coming to visit us.