OUR AMAZING TEAM

At The Aquila School, we are proud to say that we only recruit teaching staff with a passion for lifelong learning and the desire to share that passion with children, colleagues and the community.

Our teaching staff come to us from the UK, with many of them having worked internationally and here in the region, and boast between them a vast range of skills and experiences.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Safe recruitment practices, pre-employment background checks, and police checks are undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

Four of our teachers have worked with our leadership team at their previous ‘Outstanding’ school in Abu Dhabi.

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Wayne Howsen

Principal

Wayne Howsen

Principal

Wayne has over twenty five years' experience as a teacher and is in his twentieth year of Headship - initially in the UK and more recently in the UAE.

Wayne is proud to be coming from the only primary school ever that has been graded as outstanding in all areas by the Abu Dhabi regulatory authority.

As well as a teaching qualification, Wayne holds the UK National Professional Qualification for Headship as well as an MA in Education.

Wayne enjoys growing learning communities and working with staff to create a happy, stimulating school environment where learning is relevant and enjoyable

"I am excited and privileged to be the Founding Principal of The Aquila School and look forward to welcoming our first children who will experience amazing learning."

Kylie Cleworth

Head of Primary

Kylie Cleworth

Head of Primary

Kylie has ten years' experience working with children and has lived and worked in the UAE for the past seven years. During this time Kylie was assistant principal at the first ever school in Abu Dhabi to be graded as outstanding. Kylie has worked across the entire primary range and has a particular interest in supporting children in the Early Years to ensure their learning is amazing and they enjoy going to school every day.

As well as being a qualified teacher, Kylie has also completed her PENTA inspection training.

Lee Fabia

Head of Secondary

Lee Fabia

Head of Secondary

We would like to introduce our newly appointed Head of Secondary – Mr Lee Fabia, who will be joining us in April. Mr Fabia is currently a senior leader in a secondary school in the UK where he has been instrumental in leading significant improvements in attainment, curriculum and the wellbeing of pupils.

As part of the selection process Lee had to undergo a stringent selection progress which included teaching here at The Aquila School. After the lesson one of the pupils he taught said ’That was one of the best lessons I have ever had – I worked hard, had fun and learnt loads.’ Lee is clearly going to further develop and embed amazing learning here at The Aquila School.

Amy Eaton

Head of PE

Amy Eaton

Head of PE

Amy has taught in the UK and Dubai and loves helping children be active and develop their sport skills.

In line with The Aquila Schools focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Amy is amazing at juggling.

Mahbouba Hassan

Head of Arabic and Islamic studies

Mahbouba Hassan

Head of Arabic and Islamic studies

Mahbouba has previously worked in an outstanding school in Dubai as Head of Arabic and Islamic. Her passion lies with creating a love of learning for all children.

In line with The Aquila School's focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Mahbouba has two children and loves to spend time with her family.

Mary-Rose Connolly

KS3 Leader

Mary Rose Connolly has taught in the UK, Ireland and the UAE, and strives to create learning environments where students feel happy, confident and valued as she believes this is the cornerstone of all amazing learning.

Ginette Moore

Head of Inclusion

Ginette Moore

Head of Inclusion

Ginette has taught in London and the UAE and enjoys ensuring every child can make as much progress as possible.

In line with The Aquila School's focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Ginette loves running.

Reanne Walker

Teacher

Reanne has previously taught in Dubai and the UK. Reanne enjoys working with children to develop their love of reading and writing.

In line with The Aquila School’s focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Reanne is amazing at creative writing.

Rebecca Octave

Music Teacher

Rebecca Octave

Music Teacher

Rebecca has worked in both primary and secondary schools across the UK and in the UAE.

Rebecca offers our children as many different learning opportunities and experiences as possible, providing a balanced, challenging and creative curriculum.

In line with The Aquila School’s focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Rebecca is amazing at Rugby and directing school choirs!

Amy Eastabrook

Teacher

Amy has taught in Manchester, England and Dubai and loves ensuring that her lessons are engaging and relevant.

In line with The Aquila School’s focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Amy is amazing at netball but also loves drama and performing on stage!

Aoife Clifford

Inclusion Teacher

Aoife Clifford

Inclusion Teacher

Aoife has taught in Ireland and Dubai and especially enjoys creating an inclusive and holistic learning environment.

In line with The Aquila Schools focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Aoife is amazing at Irish Dancing.

Andrew May

Teacher

Andrew May

Teacher

Andrew has taught in the UK and Dubai and especially enjoys helping children develop a love of reading.

In line with The Aquila Schools focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Andrew is currently studying for a Masters degree in Education.

Hala Hemid Aly

MOE Teacher

Hala Hemid Aly

MOE Teacher

Hala enjoys ensuring children have a love and respect of the traditions of Islam.

In line with The Aquila School's focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Hala loves to read.

Bianca Smith

Teacher

Bianca has taught in the UK and especially enjoys ensuring children love learning.

In line with The Aquila Schools focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Bianca is also a qualified beauty therapist.

Andrew Churm

Teacher

Andy has taught in the UK and Abu Dhabi and especially enjoys making maths lessons fun, engaging and challenging.

In line with The Aquila Schools focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Andy enjoys playing the guitar.

Cherelle Pointon

KS3 Teacher

Cherelle Pointon

KS3 Teacher

Cherelle has taught in Manchester and enjoys creating lessons where children are challenged and excited to solve problems.

In line with The Aquila Schools focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Cherelle is amazing at netball.

Hayley Bird

Teacher

Hayley has taught in the UK and UAE and enjoys ensuring every child has a good sense of self-esteem.

In line with The Aquila School’s focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Hayley is amazing at netball and was the very first teacher to be appointed at Aquila after 150 applicants.

Chris Collins-Reed

PE Teacher

Chris has taught in the UK and enjoys helping every child to develop their gymnastic skills.

In line with The Aquila Schools focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Chris is amazing at balancing a ball on his foot.

Lynsey O’Brien

Teacher

Lynsey has taught in the UK and Abu Dhabi and enjoys creating exciting and child led learning activities.

In line with The Aquila School’s focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Lynsey is amazing at making cheesecakes!

Julie Churm

Teacher

Julie Churm has taught both in the UK and in Abu Dhabi and enjoys developing excellent relationships with the smallest children in school and helping them to make outstanding progress.

Dominic Williams

PE Teacher

Dom has taught in the UK and enjoys helping children get better at swimming.

In line with The Aquila Schools focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Dom is amazing at doing handstands.

Julie Hoyland

Teacher

Julie has taught in the UK and UAE and strives to deliver excited, engaging and relevant lessons to all of her children.

In line with The Aquila School’s focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Julie is amazing at playing the guitar.

Ellen Middlemass

Teacher

Ellen has taught in the UK and UAE and enjoys giving children ownership of their learning.

In line with The Aquila School's focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Ellen enjoys looking after her pet Turtle.

Eloise Charles

Teacher

Eloise has taught in the UK and enjoys developing a sense of community and belonging.

In line with The Aquila School's focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Eloise is training for a half marathon!

Fairouz El Sheikh

MOE Teacher

Fairouz has taught in the UAE and enjoys children love the Arabic language.

In line with The Aquila School's focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Fairouz loves cooking dishes from around the world

Marwa Al Mohammady

MOE Teacher

Marwa has taught in the UAE and especially loves creating exciting Arabic and Islamic lessons for her children.

In the line with The Aquila School's focus on amazing learning, we are excited to know that Marwa is amazing at reading Arabic stories and reading Quran.

Heather Wright

Teacher

Heather has taught in the UK and Abu Dhabi and loves helping children get better at maths through talking, looking and doing.

In line with The Aquila School's focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Heather is amazing at Zumba.

Jane Eagle

Teacher

Jane Eagle

Teacher

Jane has taught in the UK and loves helping children become resilient and independent.

In line with The Aquila School's focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Jane can put her hand at teaching anything from Maths to Spanish.

Lizzie Howden

Teacher

Lizzie has taught in the UAE and UK and enjoys delivering exciting and creative lessons to her children.

In line with The Aquila School's focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Lizzie enjoys boxing and going to the gym.

Michael Ryan

KS3 Teacher

Michael Ryan

KS3 Teacher

Michael has taught in the UK, Ireland and UAE. Michael aims to develop children into lifelong learners who mature to acquire a growth mindset - a mindset which reflects hard work, enquiry and a positive attitude to learning, difficulties and mistakes.

In line with The Aquila School's focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Michael plays Gaelic Football.

Mohamed Omar

MOE Teacher

Mohamed Omar

MOE Teacher

Mohamed Omar has previously taught in Dubai.

Mohamed Omar is passionate about supporting children progress with their learning.

In line with The Aquila Schools focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Mohamed Omar loves to read.

Musab Biroutieh

MOE Teacher

Musab Biroutieh

MOE Teacher

Musab has previously taught in the UAE and Syria.

In line with The Aquila School's focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Musab is a published author and avid poet.

Rana Itari

MOE Teacher

Rana Itari

MOE Teacher

Rana has previously taught Arabic in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

In line with The Aquila School's focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Rana can speak French and can Hoola Hoop.

Robert McCarthy

Teacher

Rob has previously taught in Ireland and enjoys implementing different learning styles in the classroom to create an engaging environment for learning.

In line with The Aquila School's focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Rob has a keen interest in sport and enjoys leading an active lifestyle.

Tara O’Grady

Teacher

Tara has worked in schools in both the UAE and Ireland. Tara strives to support all children to reach their potential.

In line with The Aquila School's focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Tara loves cooking and trying out new recipes and is also an avid reader. This love of reading is something she strongly encourages in her children. Tara has a background in psychology and has worked to co-author several published and soon-to-be published articles. She is passionate about education and theories behind how children learn and using this to help her children. Part of this is encouraging students to engage in mindfulness throughout the day.

Caitlin Sinclair

Teacher

Caitlin has taught in Scotland and enjoys making sure learning is relevant to real life situations.

In line with The Aquila Schools focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Caitlin can play the violin.

Jessica Evans

Teacher

Jess previously taught in the UK and UAE and enjoys providing amazing learning opportunities that are exciting and personalised to the children’s needs.

In line with The Aquila School's focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Jess enjoys Skiing and can speak Welsh.

Warda Samir

MOE Teacher

Warda Samir

MOE Teacher

Warda has previously taught Arabic in outstanding schools in the UAE. She believes in active learning and creating engaging and enjoyable learning experience for her children.

In line with The Aquila School's focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Warda loves to read and travel overseas.

Aisha Khan

Teacher

Aisha Khan

Teacher

Aisha has taught in London and loves ensuring lessons are creative, ensuring children make as much progress as possible.

In line with The Aquila School’s focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Aisha is amazing at debating!

Amauche Francisca

Learning Assistant

Amauche Francisca

Learning Assistant

Deborah Acao

Learning Assistant

Deborah Acao

Learning Assistant

Kour Simranjeet

Learning Assistant

Kour Simranjeet

Learning Assistant

Lesley Al-Ahmad

HL Teaching Assistant

Lesley Al-Ahmad

HL Teaching Assistant

Lesley has worked in schools both in UK and Dubai.

In line with The Aquila School's focus on amazing learning – we are excited to know that Lesley loves trying foods from around the world.

Marie Balura

Learning Assistant

Marie Balura

Learning Assistant

Shweta Arora

Learning Assistant

Shweta Arora

Learning Assistant

Simranjeet Kour

Learning Assistant

Simranjeet Kour

Learning Assistant

Wajiha Amer

Learning Assistant

Wajiha Amer

Learning Assistant

Marietta Aquino

Learning Assistant

Marietta Aquino

Learning Assistant

Yassmin Kobol

Learning Assistant

Yassmin Kobol

Learning Assistant

Roshni Rajithkumar

Learning Assistant

Roshni Rajithkumar

Learning Assistant

Bana Diab

Librarian

Bana Diab

Librarian

Aliaa Ibrahim

Head of Admissions

Aliaa Ibrahim

Head of Admissions

Charles Crisp

Receptionist

Charles Crisp

Receptionist

Harriet Allen

Marketing, Events and Admissions

Harriet Allen

Marketing, Events and Admissions

Nashwa Mahmoud

Registrar

Ryan Daly

Finance Manager

Ryan Daly

Finance Manager

Ubaid Patel

HR Officer

Ubaid Patel

HR Officer

Natalia Sysoeva

Receptionist

Natalia Sysoeva

Receptionist

Maher Nour Eldine

Finance Officer

Maher Nour Eldine

Finance Officer

Kirsty Reeves

Admin Assistant

Kirsty Reeves

Admin Assistant

Abdul Imtiaz

IT Manager

Abdul Imtiaz

IT Manager