Academy Academy Description ADEK Rating Curricula Location
Al Ain Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding FeaturesEnglish National CurriculumAl Ain
Al Bateen Academy

FS2 - Year 3 PYP Primary School, Year 7-13 Secondary School. Mixed

Very GoodEnglish National Curriculum,IB Diploma Programme,IB PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMMEAbu Dhabi
Al Mamoura Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Girls Only

Good With Very Good Features English National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Muna Academy

Primary, Mixed

OutstandingEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Yasmina Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

OutstandingEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
The Pearl Academy

Primary, Mixed

OutstandingEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
West Yas Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

GoodAmerican Massachusetts State CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Forsan Nursery

Nursery Mixed

Not ApplicableEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
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Our Schools Principals

AL AIN ACADEMY

CHRIS NOURSE

Chris has been an educator for over 25 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education, The National Professional Qualification for Headship and the National Professional Qualification for School Inspection. He is a qualified trainer for middle and senior leaders in education. He has taught in Essex, two London Bourgh’s, Southampton, Surrey and Dorset. He joined Aldar Academies in 2009 as the founding Principal of Al Muna School in Abu Dhabi. He has led five schools – three in the UK and two in the UAE. Chris has been Principal of Al Ain Academy since January 2014. (ADEK rated very good with outstanding features)

His vision for the education is clear. All students achieve their personal best through outstanding teaching and learning. Students grow in confidence through respectful relationships, high expectations, and a broad and balanced diet of educational experiences. Academic stretch and challenge are complemented by sporting endeavour, creativity and innovation, and charitable work. Home and school work hand in glove to ensure the very best outcomes for all our children.

Al Bateen Academy

Neal Dilk

Neal has more than twenty years of experience working in international schools, with sixteen years in senior leadership positions across Europe and Asia.  He has extensive experience in strategic planning, curricular planning and program development, accreditation and compliance systems, budgeting and financial management, risk management planning, and crisis management.

Over the course of his career, Neal has worked to develop opportunities for students that strengthen and enrich learning.  Neal has developed service-learning programs, STEAM programs, mother tongue-based language programs, learning support systems, personalized learning systems. Neal holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University, and a School Management and Leadership Certificate from Harvard University.  He is a certified International Baccalaureate administrator, and an active member of the Association of International School Heads, and the Council of International Schools where Neal serves as an inspector..

 

Al Forsan Nursery

SUZANNE SUMNER

Mrs. Suzanne Sumner brings with her almost 20 years of experience and specialises in Early Years Education. Suzanne has been working for Aldar Academies for five years and prior to taking the role of Principal at Al Forsan Nursery, she was the Head of Foundation Stage at Al Mamoura Academy and Al Mushrif School before that.  Suzanne’s passion lies securely in the foundations that every child matters and every child is unique.

Her philosophy of educations centres around the importance of developing the ‘whole’ child – emotional well-being is equally important as academic achievement. Children who attend Al Forsan Nursery are encouraged from a very young age to believe that they are capable of great things and can achieve goals that they set for themselves and gain the determination to be the best they can possibly be. As parents and educators, it is important to remember that some children are like the sun and some are like the moon, they both shine – but at different times. At Al Forsan, we support your child to shine as brightly as possible.

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Al Mamoura Academy

Sarah Weaver

Sarah brings to Al Mamoura Academy over 17 years of leadership experience at both local and international levels; with eight of those being in the UAE. Sarah is now in her second year of leadership at Al Mamoura Academy and has already accomplished “Outstanding” judgements in the schools most recent BSO inspection and led the school to achieving the “Developed” status, the highest rating possible, for its distance learning programme.

Sarah brings experience of working in an Outstanding school and in one of the most improved schools within her educational groups network in the UAE. She was a highly successful Deputy Head Teacher in East London for over ten years, supporting her school to be the 4th most improved school in the United Kingdom.

During her career she has developed specialisms in; through school assessment, school improvement and early years education and as a result she has supported schools to achieve results of the highest calibre during their UK OFSTED inspections, External Reviews and KHDA Inspections.

 

Al Muna Academy

Sarah griffiths

Sarah has been in education for the last 25 years and but believes one constant remains: An education is one of the most valuable things we can possess. It influences how we see the world and contribute to it.

Sarah has been with Aldar Academies for the last 9 years, and fully endorses the vision that it is our purpose to empower the next generation to shape our future. We achieve this effective by recognising the importance of a holistic approach to education, being fully inclusive and allowing children to develop their skills in which they can realise their dreams for their future.

Taking on the role as Principal of Al Muna in March 2020 has allowed Sarah to continue her passion in developing a community approach to educating our children, where all stakeholders play a part in a child’s development

 

The Pearl Academy

ABIGAIL FISHBOURNE

Abi 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.

West Yas Academy

JOESEPH KOTARSKI

Dr. Kotarski has worked across public, private, and charter schools in the U.S., U.K., and MENA region over the past 15 years as a school leader and teacher. He holds a Doctorate in organizational change and leadership from the University of Southern California. Apart from school leadership, his area of research interest is in teacher education and professional training and development.

 

Al Yasmina Academy

JARED NOLAN

An experienced Principal and trusted leader who blends integrity, resilience and determination with strong strategic, operational and educational strategies. Jared has developed and led high performing British and international schools, inspiring parental and public confidence through academic excellence and building positive community relationships.

Holding a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and an MA in Leadership & Management (Education), Jared has also obtained by National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and qualified as a British School and Church School Inspector.

Since joining Al Yasmina as Principal in August 2019, Jared has been delighted to be able to use apply these skills and this experience at Al Yasmina Academy; a truly remarkable school community where students where all students ‘thrive’.