Head Master, Simon Crane has a wealth of educational best practice, having worked amongst the Brighton College family of school for a decade, as well as being a qualified team inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate.
Mr Crane’s unwavering commitment to educational excellence has garnered recognition both locally and internationally. His transformative leadership has empowered pupils to achieve exceptional academic results, preparing them for a lifetime of success. With a steadfast focus on creating a holistic educational experience, Mr Crane’s strong leadership has guided Brighton College Dubai through the challenges of the COVID era and many important milestones, including being rated ‘outstanding’ in all areas in the British Schools Oversees Inspection, November 2022.
Prior to his current role, Mr Crane held the position of Head of School at the ‘outstanding’ Brighton College Abu Dhabi and also worked in the independent sector in Cheshire, UK. Mr Crane is a parent of two children, Poppy and Pippa, at the school. This unique advantage allows him to understand first-hand the needs and perspectives of both pupils and parents, enabling him to create a nurturing and inclusive educational environment.
Mr Crane's career is a testament to his passion for education and his unwavering dedication to shaping the leaders of tomorrow. With his wealth of experience and visionary approach, he continues to pave the way for educational excellence at Brighton College Dubai and beyond.
Head Of Preparatory School
Sarah Brannon is the founding Head of Preparatory School at Brighton College Dubai. She brings over 25 years of international school leadership experience to her role which spans highly successful stints in British curriculum schools in Germany, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.
Sarah has a Masters in Applied Educational Leadership and Management and the National Professional Qualification for Headship from the UK and has a deep interest in the development of young people as a whole and preparing them for the future.
Sarah introduced the IPC curriculum to Brighton, which is a curriculum that supports the academic, personal and international development of pupils, and was the BSME lead for IPC. The importance of critical and creative thinking is also something Sarah is passionate about and she is the UAE director for the ‘Tournament of Minds’ and runs activities in College that promote this.
Deputy Head Pastoral
Joe originates from Donegal, Ireland and lives in Dubai with his wife. He brings a wealth of professional experience in Dubai to Brighton College, having moved here in 2010. He has worked as a senior leader in a local school that achieved ‘Outstanding’ in annual KHDA inspections since its inception.
Joe believes in creating a culture of learning and achievement centred around the individual. With a background in Computer Engineering and over 15 years teaching experience, Joe has a keen interest in fully utilising technology in order to enable creativity and facilitate innovation and critical thinking.
Head Of Pre-Prep
Katy Cooke is a founding member of the College Leadership Team at Brighton College Dubai and joined the College in the pre-operational phase after five years as Head of Reception at Dulwich Prep London in the UK, one of the UKs most prestigious Prep Schools. She studied at Birmingham City University, gaining a First-Class Honours degree in Primary Education with QTS and is looking forward to continuing her studies in the near future. Katy has leadership experience in international schools and the UK and has a great deal of knowledge about the UK Prep School system.
Katy is passionate about early education and understands the importance of creating a nurturing and happy environment in which pupils can thrive and develop emotionally, socially and academically. She places a huge amount of importance on kindness and feels that instilling an understanding and appreciation of kindness in our youngest pupils is fundamental when preparing pupils to be successful global citizens.
Head of Senior School
Jane holds a BA Hons in English Literature from Lancaster University and the National Professional Qualification for Headship. Since 2010, Jane has held the position of Deputy Headteacher – teaching and learning at The East Manchester Academy and has transformed her school into one of the top 40 most improved schools in the UK.
She has worked in education for the best part of 20 years, working in schools in London, Salford, and Manchester. She has undertaken a variety of roles including: Head of English, Head of Year, Assistant Headteacher, and Deputy Headteacher. She has worked across two new start up schools and set up sixth forms in both of them.
Head of Sixth Form
Joe holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Secondary History from the University of Exeter, a Master of Arts in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of London, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from University of Oxford.
Having taught in schools in Mexico, the UK, Korea and the UAE, Joe’s 15 years of teaching experience spans across many continents, cultures and religions. His expertise lies in leadership through his roles as Director of the English Department at a Mexico based language school, his role as Enrichment Coordinator and Humanities Teacher at Honiton Community College in Devon in the UK, and as Deputy Head of Senior School and Founding Head of Sixth Form at Brighton College Al Ain
Joe has taught many Brighton College pupils and has helped them on their journeys to becoming successful, confident and kind Old Brightonians, who have gone on to study at Ivy League and Russell Group universities around the world.
Deputy Head of Prep School
Ben Tabner obtained a Physical Education and Teaching with QTS in 2012 and began his teaching career in Southampton, UK where he led Science across a partnership of three schools and was a school behaviour lead. He was also a Head of Standards for Year 3 and Mathematics.
In 2018, Ben moved to Dubai where he taught in an 'Outstanding' school and was subsequently promoted to Head of Year 6 in 2019, achieving year on year outstanding results. He also led on Emirati pupil provision and was a school leader for High Performance Learner.
Ben enjoys being innovative in the classroom and has always kept up to date with new and innovative pedagogy to enhance the learning for the pupils, he also believes in developing the pupils for the rigour of the 21st century and for life after school.
Ben aims to support the staff in creating outstanding learning experiences for all the pupils by supporting in curriculum development; promote a love of learning that also extends beyond the classroom and help to develop a holistic school experience for all the pupils of Brighton College Dubai.
Head of Inclusion
Holly studied Psychology at university before completing her PGCE in Primary Education, specialising in Early Years and Key Stage 1. She has also completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs Coordination.
Before joining Brighton, Holly spent more than ten years teaching at a primary school in Surrey with an attached specialist resource provision for children with Autism. Alongside this, she undertook five years in the Senior Leadership Team in the role of Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion/SENCO.
Holly has previously been responsible for the provision and progress of groups of pupils including children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL). In her role as Assistant Headteacher, she developed the whole-school mental health and wellbeing, attachment awareness practice and the school’s racial justice strategy and formed part of the school’s safeguarding team.
Assistant Head of Senior School & Teacher of Physical Education
Chris holds a Sports Science degree and a PGCE in Physical Education, graduating from Northumbria University with a Commendation and Trainee of the Year Award.
Across seventeen years of teaching within England, Chris has been in Senior Leadership for eight. He has experience as an Assistant Head (Pastoral) and Deputy Head (School Improvement). Before joining Brighton College Dubai, Chris held the position of Head of Upper School, where he was proud to have led a three-year improvement of GCSE results.
Chris’s educational philosophy is to value, challenge and inspire all pupils to achieve their personal best and to excel in their academic, cultural, co-curricular and personal lives. He advocates holistic education and opportunities for the building of pupil character, both inside and beyond the classroom. He is excited to be teaching Physical Education and contributing to the co-curricular life of the school as an experienced elite level coach across many sports.
Outside of school, Chris’s hobbies and interests include: listening to music, charity work, cooking, travelling and supporting his beloved Newcastle United FC.
Assistant Head of Senior School & Head of Modern Foreign Languages
Sarah studied French at the University of Leeds during which time she spent her year abroad teaching at a lycée in France. She had her first teaching job at a secondary school in Manchester where she worked for eight years in roles including Lead Teacher, Head of MFL and Professional Mentor for trainee teachers.
Sarah is one of the founding members of staff and has been a key player in the development of the school. As Head of Languages, she has transformed the curriculum in line with the most up-to-date research in language pedagogy whilst helping to nurture a love of languages throughout the whole College.
Most recently, Sarah has been heavily involved in leading CPD for senior school staff and has also taken on the role of Exams Officer in time for the College’s first set of full exam qualifications.