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Chris Nourse

Chris Nourse has been an educator for over 25 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education, The National Professional Qualification for Headship and the National Professional Qualification for School Inspection. He is a qualified trainer for middle and senior leaders in education. He has taught in Essex, two London Bourgh’s, Southampton, Surrey and Dorset. He joined Aldar Academies in 2009 as the founding Principal of Al Muna School in Abu Dhabi. He has led five schools – three in the UK and two in the UAE. Chris has been Principal of Al Ain Academy since January 2014. (ADEK rated very good with outstanding features)

His vision for the education is clear. All students achieve their personal best through outstanding teaching and learning. Students grow in confidence through respectful relationships, high expectations, and a broad and balanced diet of educational experiences. Academic stretch and challenge are complemented by sporting endeavour, creativity and innovation, and charitable work. Home and school work hand in glove to ensure the very best outcomes for all our children.



Farrah Ann De Bruyn


Mrs De Bruyn received her Bachelor of Primary Education Degree in 1999 and has over 20 years of teaching experience. She has been very fortunate enough to work in many countries, with the bulk of her teaching being undertaken in the UK and has taught for over twelve years in a London school, before moving to the UAE six years ago.
Mrs De Bruyn has worked in school leadership in many roles and is currently the Head of Primary at Al Ain Academy. Her passion is for English and for teaching early reading and writing by using inspiring authors and developing critical thinking skills.

Ian Pugh


Mr Pugh has been in teaching for 16 years, spending the last six years as Assistant Principal at a school in the UK and Al Ain Academy. He has vast experience from being part of the founding staff of Al Muna Primary in 2009, teaching in UK' outstanding' schools, to being part of the management at a UK school moving from 'special measures' to becoming graded as a 'good' school. Mastery Mathematics is an approach Mr Pugh is a supporter of. He led workshops to other teachers from across the UK for the Salop and Herefordshire MathsHub, demonstrating how the mastery approach can impact on the progress of all pupils.
Since arriving in Al Ain, Mr Pugh has been working to support the school with the understanding and assessing of the UK National Curriculum, tailoring to the needs of Al Ain Academy pupils to ensure all pupils make the progress they deserve, whilst ensuring they have passion and enjoyment for their studies to become intelligent, respected global citizens.

William Pedley


Dr William Pedley started his career teaching French and History in a range of Independent and State secondary schools in the UK. He has also worked designing, delivering and awarding qualifications both academic (for Edexcel/Pearson) and vocational (for the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management). Since then he has worked as the Principal of colleges in London, Al Ain and Nigeria, before joining us at Al Ain Academy in 2018. Dr Pedley has a keen interest in sport, particularly cricket and rugby, and has coached and played in teams in both.

Miss Melissa Claridge

Melissa Claridge

I have seven years' experience of delivering innovative lessons for the PE curriculum across multiple Key Stages and have been in the UAE since 2016. My approach to teaching and passion is delivering innovative and individualised lessons that develop the inquisitive nature of every student, encouraging them to aspire for more and learning that mistakes do not mean failure; they mean the opportunity to learn. As a pastoral leader, I pride myself in knowing each child as an individual, learning about their strengths and areas for development and supporting them in reaching their potential, believing they can and striving to go beyond that.


Year Group School Fees Per Annum (in AED) Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
FS1 39,600 15,840 11,880 11,880
FS2 – Year 6 40,970 16,388 12,291 12,291
Year 7 – Year 8 50,190 21,512 16,134 16,134
Year 9 53,780 23,728 17,796 17,796
Year 10 – Year 13 59,320 23,728 17,796 17,796

*Fees for the term 2022-2023. Please note, our fees are regulated by ADEK and are subject to change.

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