Meet the schools primary leadership team:
Sasha has been a literacy advisor in Wales, a Deputy Head Teacher in London and a Head Teacher in Cairo, Egypt. For the past 20 years she has enjoyed working with a diverse mix of educators who are passionate about teaching and learning. Sasha graduated from Chester with a BEd Honours degree and she gained her NPQH status in 2006. She continues to think outside the box with school initiatives and her autobiography will be called Method to the Madness. She is passionate about ‘CPD’ for teachers and enjoys bringing out the best in all children in a school. She was awarded Principal of the Year by Educational Journal Magazine in 2017 and by Schools Compared in the UAE in 2019. Sasha loves being part of a family community school where everyone knows your name. As founding Principal she has been able to help design the building, the curriculum, uniform and ethos. She is committed to reducing teacher workload and that purposeful projects give children a depth of learning.
Ben Rothwell graduated Canterbury Christ Church University with a BSc in Business Information Management, and then undertook a GTP leading to QTS status. He is passionate about the integration of technology throughout schools and how it can lead to transformational learning experiences. Before moving to Dubai, Ben worked at Kent College, Canterbury, a leading private school, as Head of ICT & Computing. Ben's professional experience also includes working in an all-boys grammar school and a large secondary modern. Ben is currently studying for his National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).
Alex joined Victory Heights Primary School in January 2017 and has been part of the Leadership team for 4 years, most recently, leading Maths across all phases.
After graduating from the University of Northampton with a First Class Hons in Criminal Justice, Alex later completed a (PGCE) Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Education. During his time in Wales, Alex worked as a Key Stage Two teacher and was integral in embedding the use of technology to support teaching and learning. In 2015, alongside his role as a Year 5 teacher, Alex worked as a MAGT Coordinator and helped launch the Welsh ‘Narrowing the Gap’ initiative across a range of primary and secondary schools. Alex has a passion for curriculum design and has been instrumental in developing a curriculum that is supportive of core competencies and balances both knowledge and experiential learning.
Rob McCall graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a BSc in Sports Science, before completing a PGCE PE course at Liverpool John Moores University. He has over 10 years’ experience in education and completed his early teaching career at two OFSTED outstanding schools in the UK, where he became Year Leader and part-time Head of PE. In 2017, Rob moved to the UAE, where he was employed as Head of PE and Faculty lead for Performing Arts. Since joining VHPS, Rob has been able to engage with his passion for developing and nurturing teachers, leading our PGCE and NQT programmes. Most recently, he has completed a MA in Education at Middlesex University, Dubai. His research into teacher professional development from around the world has helped to adapt our unique VHPS University programme.
Hannah May Moore graduated from De Montfort University with a B.Ed. in Primary Education. She taught in two schools in the UK for 9 years in which most of her experiences were based in the Early Years. She then moved to Abu Dhabi to work at Brighton College where she become head of year for FS2. Last year, Hannah decided to make a move to Victory Heights to become the Early Years Coordinator for both the school and nursery. Hannah has a passion self-initiated learning through play but also ensuring all children individual needs are met, ‘no lids on learning’.
Michelle graduated from the University of Lancaster wit a BSc(Honors) in Occupational Therapy. Michelle has worked as an Occupational Therapist for 10 years in the National Health Service and in a Private clinic in Dubai, specialising in children with a variety of developmental and educational needs. During her time as an Occupational Therapist she has advocated and advised schools on how to best facilitate learning and development for children.Michelle is currently working on embedding personalised learning and effective curriculum modification throughout the school, with an emphasis for children who are involved with the inclusion team. She has a commitment to help drive and advocate for the Dubai Inclusive Education Policy Framework and ensure that all children succeed with their physical, social , emotional, cognitive and academic skills.
Hayley Martin graduated from Oxford University with a BEd in Education. She is passionate about the ‘creative classroom’ and incorporating the arts into all areas of the curriculum. Before moving to Dubai, Hayley taught in several schools in Oxfordshire. She then moved abroad, where she taught for seven years in Cairo at the Modern English School, leading the FS2 team. Outside of school, Hayley is a voracious reader and is currently teaching herself to sew.
Magda graduated from Cairo University and has an Educational Diploma in Arabic. She has also undergone a proficiency test in Arabic in Al Ain university in 2011. Magda is a qualified Arabic teacher. She has 26 years of experience as an AA and AB teacher. Having worked in the region for 12 years, Magda has managed to earn the "Good" rating for her department by the KHDA multiple times, which she is extremely proud of. Magda spent 8 years working in Taaleem schools. She aspires to improve the level of Arabic in Victory Heights amongst both native speakers and non native speakers through innovative methods in teaching. In her spare time, Magda enjoys filming authentic recipes and spending time with her 3 children.