Our Principals

Our Principals and Executive Team provide expertise and experience in leading schools from around the world. All teaching staff are qualified in the British Education system, they are highly experienced and have a proven track record in delivering high quality education.


Al Ain Academy

Mr. Nourse – Principal


Mr. Nourse was worked in Education for over twenty years. He has been the Principal of five schools in the UK and the UAE. Mr. Nourse believes that building confidence is one of the main keys to success in education alongside motivating children to be the best they can be academically, artistically and personally. Mr. Nourse has recently trained as a school inspector and is very proud to be Principal of Al Ain International School.


Al Bateen Academy

Mr. Hutson – Principal


Mr. Hutson has been a part of the school's senior leadership team since its opening in September 2011. Mr. Hutson is a highly experienced educator who joined Aldar Academies after time spent in a number of leadership positions in UK schools. Mr. Hutson ensures that every child at Al Bateen Secondary School flourishes. Mr. Hutson believes in the school's vision for an outstanding, holistic, international education for all students; a learning environment in which students achieve their academic potential, develop inter-cultural understanding and gain the personal attributes needed for working life in the 21st century.


Al Mamoura Academy

Mrs. Michelle Forbes – Acting Principal


Mrs Forbes currently holds the position of Director of Special Projects for Aldar Academies. Amongst her many responsibilities, she is responsible for academically establishing all new ventures for Aldar Academies, including new schools. She was instrumental in establishing both Al Mamoura Academy and West Yas Academy when they opened in September 2016, not only ensuring that the appropriate processes and policies were in place and embedded to ensure compliance with all regulatory authorities, but in the recruitment and development of high performing faculty teams. In addition, she implemented a comprehensive Continuous Development Programme for staff and established a well-defined and balanced curriculum at both schools. Mrs Forbes brings a wealth of teaching and leadership experience to the School. She joined Aldar Academies in September 2011 as the Founding Principal of Al Mamoura Academy from 2011 to 2013 when it was temporarily located at Al Bateen Academy and known as Al Mushrif Primary School. Prior to this, she was an outstanding Head teacher in the UK and also has a strong background in school improvement and has worked as a National Numeracy Consultant, SIP, LLE and Professional Partner.


Al Muna Academy

Mr. Howsen – Principal


Mr. Howsen has worked in schools in the UK for over twenty years and is in his fourteenth year of Headship. Having led four very different schools in the UK, Mr. Howsen joined Al Muna School in January 2012. As well as his work as a Headteacher, Mr. Howsen has acted as a consultant Head for a number of schools all over the UK and has worked with assessment authorities in the development of assessment materials. At Al Muna, Mr. Howsen enjoys implementing his vision of making school a fun, safe place for children to learn and make as much progress as possible.


The Pearl Academy

Mrs. Abigail Fishbourne


Mrs. Fishbourne has worked in education for over 20 years. Prior to Principal leadership roles she taught in all primary years. She has been involved in delivering a wide variety of staff training and introduced educational programs across both primary and secondary years. She has worked with various educational groups including local authority, national academy, university and educational charities. She continues to develop The Pearl's positive learning ethos and ensures it remains as one of the most successful schools in Abu Dhabi. As a believer in developing lifelong learners she is committed to providing a 21st century education that combines creativity, critical thinking, innovation and a love of learning.



Al Yasmina Academy

Dr. Hughes – Principal


Dr. Hughes has over fifteen years of experience in teaching, the last seven of which have been in leadership roles. He joins us directly from a leading large academy in the UK that is Ofsted outstanding in all aspects and a designated national teaching school. Dr. Hughes has a background in Science, holding a degree in Chemistry and a doctorate in Physics, and spent two years in the industry as a senior medical researcher. Mr. Hughes is passionate about school improvement and believes that partnership with parents, leadership, research and innovation are central to a school's success.


West Yas Academy

Mrs. Cosgray - Principal


Mrs. Cosgray brings over 23 years of international education experience to West Yas Academy, including 13 years in leadership positions. Before moving to the UAE during 2017, Mrs Cosgray was Elementary Principal at the Western Academy of Beijing, China. Her time in Asia followed a role as Director of Elementary Education in the USA, where she oversaw theteaching quality and operations of 12 elementary schools. In her home country, Mrs. Cosgray also held Director of Curriculum and earlier Principal roles.

Passionate, energetic and imaginative, Mrs. Cosgray values an education that is internationally-minded, inquiry-based and hands-on, which ultimately develops the 'whole student'. With a personable approach to leadership, Mrs Cosgray. believes in creating a positive rapport with students, parents and teachers to build a strong and collaborative school community.