Senior School Teachers
Meet the Senior School Teachers at Brighton College Dubai
Mrs Rachael Thompson
Rachael is originally from Scotland and attended the University of Stirling; leaving with an Honours Degree in English Studies, History and Professional Education.
After leaving university, she started her teaching career in Perth, UK before being appointed as an English Teacher, and then later being promoted to Principal Teacher of Personal Support. As a result of this, she has a keen interest in pupils’ pastoral needs and she tries to instil in pupils the belief that hard work and resilience are two of the most important attributes. Rachael has over 5 years of teaching experience and has been teaching English in Dubai for the last year. She has gained experience in international education and in meeting the needs of a diverse range of pupils.
Mrs Sarah Gannon
Sarah read French at the University of Leeds, and has worked in both France and New Zealand. She has 8 years of teaching experience and following six years leading a successful Modern Foreign Languages department in England, Sarah is now excited at the prospect of teaching in Dubai. In addition to the role of Head of Faculty, Sarah has experience in working as Professional Mentor for trainee teachers, and as Lead Teacher earlier in her career.
Sarah says "Languages are my passion and the Brighton College ethos embodies all that I believe is imperative in shaping future generations of well-rounded, inquisitive, resilient individuals. I believe that learning does not end when a pupil leaves the classroom and I aim to inspire young people through a creative and individualised approach to teaching".
Mr Tariq Bell
Tariq joins Brighton College Dubai with sixteen years of educational experience that has seen him lead teams in outstanding schools in London, Hong Kong and Dubai. Having taught both British and International Baccalaureate curriculums, over recent years Tariq has been Vice Principal of a school in Dubai, as well as being the founding Head of Secondary.
With a wealth of leadership experience and having line managed every senior school subject, Tariq looks forward to joining the Brighton College family and supporting the development of an engaging and innovative curriculum that merges academics with enrichment. Tariq is excited about the community partnerships that will be fostered and the opportunities that the College will offer its young learners, including his daughter who he is delighted will be joining the Prep School.
Mr Ian Overton
Ian is already a member of the Brighton College Family and will be joining from one of the leading schools in the Middle East, Brighton College Al Ain. He has been in the region for 7 years where he was a junior boarding master while teaching PE and Games. He read his undergraduate degree at the renowned sports institute, Loughborough University, then gained his PGCE at the University of Exeter.
Ian brings unrivalled experience to Brighton College Dubai sport having gained international honours in Rugby Union, Rugby 7's, Rugby League and basketball, as well as a number of professional clubs. Coaching and developing young sports men and women is now his number one passion, and he hopes his immense passion for sport will help inspire the pupils to live very successful and healthy lives.
Ms Sarah Whitbread
Sarah is relocating from London where she has been teaching for the past 5 years. Sarah completed her teacher training at St Mary’s University College Twickenham, before embarking on her first post at a secondary school in East London for two years. Three years ago she moved into the independent sector where she worked alongside a team to set up and build a PE department.
Sarah has a strong passion for endurance based training and artistic sports. Her areas of expertise include athletics, netball, dance, hockey, cross country and trampolining. She enjoys inspiring the next generation of athletes to be successful.
Ms Ashley Ibbitson
Ashley moves to Dubai from Harrogate where she leaves her posts as the Sixth Form Housemistress and a Teacher of Art, Photography, Textiles and PE. Before moving to North Yorkshire, she worked in Lancashire as a Deputy Houseparent and Teacher of Art and PE.
Originally from Halifax, West Yorkshire, Ashley completed her Art Foundation year at Batley School of Art and Design. She moved to Leicestershire to read Fine Art at Loughborough University before completing her PGCE at the University of Cumbria.
After six years teaching experience in Boarding, where she has lived with and been responsible for the academic and pastoral care of pupils from all over the world, Ashley is now looking forward to experiencing living and working abroad herself.
Mr Stephen Artus
Stephen is an actor, director, theatre maker and Drama teacher. He has been working in theatre and film ever since he got his first professional acting job at the age of 6 weeks old. As a teacher with 22 years’ experience he has worked in a wide variety of schools in the UK, including two leading independent schools. He has most recently been working in the Middle East and is looking forward to starting a new chapter in Dubai.
Stephen has directed nearly a 100 school productions including Henry V, Hairspray, Les Misérables and Cabaret. He is looking forward to developing Drama in the classroom and seeing the pupils perform, design, write and direct productions at Brighton College Dubai.
Mr David Jolly
David comes to Dubai with 14 years teaching experience, after four successful years as Head of Faculty in Cornwall, England where he led a diverse range of technology subjects and design conscious initiatives. Prior to that he was Head of Year in Jakarta, Indonesia where he developed a love of international communities and cultural diversity. David is passionate about the contribution that Design Technology plays in educating the whole child. He believes that by elevating each one to the level of designer, we better prepare them to meet the practical challenges of the 21st Century.
He is very much looking forward to moving to Dubai with his wife Emma and their two young children, whilst contributing to the Brighton College Dubai community.
Mrs Dimple Bahl
After graduating from the University of Birmingham Dimple gained extensive classroom experience working in a dynamic infant school in London for nearly 12 years, teaching Early Years through to Key stage 1.
Her move to Abu Dhabi and subsequently Dubai gave her the opportunity to work for two large International Schools where she was also able to pursue her passion for Special Needs Education working as a SEN teacher across both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Her interest in supporting pupils with varying needs has inspired her to continue learning and she is currently completing her Masters in Special Education Needs.
She explains that “Having lived in the UAE for nearly 9 years now this is home and a good place from which to travel and see the rest of the world. I look forward to welcoming our pupils and parents as we embark together on new adventures and experiences.”
Mr Khaled Omar
Khaled has over 19 years’ teaching experience and has taught Arabic A&B Islamic A&B, and also Arabic calligraphy in Dubai. Prior to Dubai, Khaled has taught in Texas, USA for 3 years, where he maintained an excellent record of attendance and punctuality. He has taught Arabic and Islamic across Grade 7 to Grade 12 to a wide range of abilities.
Khaled is very enthusiastic about ICT and uses an interactive whiteboard and a wide range of teaching methods – including songs, games, mimes and pair work activities – to deliver his lessons to pupils with a very wide range of abilities.
Mrs Marwa Hamdy
Marwa has a Bachelor degree in Educational Arabic and Islamic, and is currently studying a higher diploma in the academic standards of teaching Arabic.
She has taught at schools in Egypt and the UAE for 10 years, and has participated in living Arabic with the KHDA by designing workshops and publishing action research in raising the standard of teaching Arabic. Marwa has also introduced a new program in phonics and participated in His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Arabic Language Award.
Marwa believes every child is a unique child, and she strives to inspire innovation by creating a positive environment which paves the journey to their future.
Mrs Naz Denning Denning
Naz’s journey into education began with teaching adults, moving to work with pre-school children and ultimately finding her niche in Special Educational Needs and assessment. Throughout her 21 years of teaching, she has supported children at the 11+ transition, teaching English, Verbal Reasoning and preparing for interview at all levels from year 5 to year 13.
Over the last decade, Naz has assumed a post as SENCO at a leading independent girls’ school, followed by Director of Curriculum, Head of Maths, Head of Geography and Director of Academic Development (overseeing assessment, reporting and curriculum) at two Sunday Times Top 100 Prep Schools. In addition to her contracted post, Nasreen set up her own consultancy business. Over the course of the last six years, she has assessed more than 150 individuals (adults and children), worked with eighteen schools and is the sole assessor at half a dozen schools between the London to Surrey.
With two grown sons and a step-son, Naz is moving to Dubai with her husband, Nigel.
Mrs Sara Caroppo
Sara is a qualified Counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and works primarily with young people and families. Back in 2009 she co-founded the Incontro Counselling Agency in Rome, in order to offer an easier-to-access service to those who have already had difficulties accessing mainstream support. After completing her Undergraduate Degree in Integrative Counselling, gaining a strong understanding of individual and Family therapy, she focused her interest on children and young people by undertaking a MSc at The University of Northampton where she acquired a deep understanding of issues affecting children and adolescents nowadays.
In 2017 Sara qualified as an EAP Counsellor and collaborated with the London branch of Workplace Options as a telephone Counsellor and Case manager gaining the most exhaustive expertise in terms of crisis management and risk assessment. Before joining Brighton College, Sara was the Psychosocial Lead and Health & Wellbeing Counsellor at Compass London, for which she provided in-school counselling programmes and delivered outreach services including workshops and tailored interventions to young people aged 11-19 years old. Alongside her commitment within the public sector, she kept on running her own private practice offering specialised systemic counselling to young people and families. As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, (MBACP) she is fully committed to working within their ethical guidelines and to her ongoing professional and personal development.