Wayne Howsen - Principal's Welcome - The Aquila School Dubai


Welcome to The Aquila School. I am incredibly proud to have the privilege and responsibility of being the founding Principal of The Aquila School.

Having worked in the UAE for ten years and now entering my twenty-third year as a principal, I am excited by the unique opportunity to continue to employ brilliant and experienced teachers to create an amazing school.

We believe in providing pupils with ‘amazing learning’ – helping them to learn to levels that amaze them and to inspire them to be successful now and equip them to be successful later. We inspire and support children to discover and pursue their passion in learning through maximum choice and authentic learning linked to real life.  Our vision places the interests and needs of children at the heart of everything we do. We want Aquila children to be resilient, independent, thoughtful and caring individuals, well equipped for future work and life experiences.

I am delighted to be working alongside Mrs. Kylie Cleworth, our Head of Primary to make this happen. We both share similar aspirations for The Aquila School, having worked together for nine years including leading the first-ever school in Abu Dhabi to have been graded as OUTSTANDING in all areas. 

As an international school in Dubai, we welcome and celebrate a diverse learning community.  Our  curriculum is based on the National Curriculum for England with a global flavour, in order to ensure our children become truly ‘international’ in their outlook and attitude. We integrate the wonders of Dubai’s locality and ecology along with the culture and heritage of both the UAE and our children’s home countries, to inspire learning and create a sense of responsibility for our local and global environment. As well as focusing on academic excellence, our curriculum incorporates technology (food, design and IT), as well as music and the arts, while truly valuing community, school connectedness and relationships – all to ensure children love coming to school and love learning.

You are very welcome to come and meet us to find out more!


Wayne Howsen, Principal