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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.

MEET OUR LEADERSHIP

Ian Pugh

IAN PUGH
HEAD OF PRIMARY

In his 18th year working in education, Mr. Pugh takes great pride in welcoming you to Al Ain Academy as the Headteacher of the Primary School.

Mr. Pugh has a wealth of experience internationally and in the UK. Having been in educational senior leadership for 8 years, he has strategically supported schools graded as outstanding, as well as working in leadership teams tasked with taking schools out of special measures, to become good schools.

After spending 5 years as an Assistant Principal in the UK, Mr Pugh joined Al Ain Academy in 2019 as Assistant Principal, bringing proven educational and assessment strategies to the school and building a strategic team of middle leaders to ensure each individual child gets the very best education every day. His philosophy is that each member of the AAA community should feel safe coming to school, while being exposed to challenge, awe and wonder that makes learning at a young age so special.

As the world begins to return to normal after the pandemic, the world of education has a wealth of opportunities available to children. Mr. Pugh believes is a time to inspire children and allow them to investigate a wealth of learning beyond the classroom, developing their love for sports, arts, drama as well as collaborating with those similar and different from ourselves, as we look to develop tolerant, visionary leaders of the future for the U.A.E and globally.

Mr Daniel McHugh

Daniel McHugh
Head of Secondary

Mr Daniel McHugh joined Al Ain Academy as Secondary School Headteacher in August 2021. Prior to this, he was Deputy Headteacher at the British School of Bahrain, where he was responsible for approximately 500 students studying GCSEs, A-levels and BTEC qualifications. Mr McHugh has worked in British and IB curriculum schools in the Middle East and Europe, and before moving into education he worked in corporate Search and Selection for a decade, which included setting up and expanding his own business.

Mr McHugh is passionate about challenging all students to aspire to excellence, whatever it is that they choose to study and participate in. He also encourages participation in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, which he sees as a valuable tool in developing social and organisational skills that may have been impacted by the recent pandemic. Above all else, Mr McHugh is an advocate for lifelong learning and is proud to lead a team of teachers who not only promote hard work and curiosity as essential attributes for their students’ future success, but who demonstrate such attributes in their own professional development.

Mr McHugh is himself a lifelong learner and as well as an undergraduate degree in History from the University of Durham, he holds Masters-level degrees in Business Administration (MBA; University of Durham) and Educational Leadership (MA; University of Nottingham). He holds the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership and is currently undertaking both the Chartered Teacher (Leader) programme and the National Professional Qualification for Headship.

Miss Kimberley Ellis

Kimberley Ellis
Assistant Primary Principal of Teaching and Learning

Miss Ellis graduated as a teacher in 2012. Her commitment and dedication to her degree was acknowledged by a formal commendation of achievement from the School of Education Awards Board along with a first-class category in B.Ed Primary Education.

Before moving to the UAE, Miss Ellis taught in outstanding primary schools in the UK. Quickly progressing into leadership roles, she became heavily involved in school improvement projects to enhance the teaching and learning of early reading and writing.

Miss Ellis joined Al Ain Academy in 2018, responsible for leading English in KS1 as well as leading teams in both Year One and Year Two. More recently, Miss Ellis gained the role of Assistant Principal of Primary Teaching and Learning to which she is ready for the excitement and challenge of being part of the Senior Leadership Team.

Miss Jasmine Jones

Jasmine Jones
Assistant Primary Principal of Curriculum and Pastoral

Jasmine Jones qualified as a teacher in 2013 where she graduated with a first-class degree in Primary and Secondary Education with Modern Foreign Languages: Spanish. Throughout her teaching career, Jasmine has been very fortunate to be able to teach in various contexts (in both Primary and Secondary schools in the UK and in the UAE) in challenging schools as well as highly competitive international schools. Through living and studying in Spain, Jasmine gained insight into the difficulties faced by EAL students and has continuously strived to implement the best methods to overcome these barriers to learning so that all students succeed.

Jasmine quickly progressed throughout her career and has undertaken many leadership roles; recently Jasmine gained the role of Assistant Principal at Al Ain Academy where she is responsible for Pastoral and Curriculum in the Primary School. This is a new challenge for Jasmine and she feels well-equipped for this position having worked at Al Ain Academy for several years as a teacher, Head of Year and Key Stage 2 English lead, as well as recently achieving her NPQSL.

Miss Melissa Claridge

Melissa Claridge
Assistant Head of Secondary + Head of Key Stage 3&4

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.

Miss Melissa Claridge

Melissa Claridge
Assistants head of Primary

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.

AT A GLANCE

Year Group School Fees Per Annum (in AED)* Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Registration Fee
FS1 39,600 15,840 11,880 11,880 2,000
FS2 – Year 6 40,970 16,388 12,291 12,291 2,000
Year 7 – Year 8 50,190 20,076 15,057 15,057 2,000
Year 9 53,780 21,512 16,134 16,134 2,000
Year 10 – Year 13 59,320 23,728 17,796 17,796 2,000

*Fees for the term 2022-2023. Please note, our fees are regulated by ADEK and are subject to change.
*Tuition Fees do not include uniform, food services, transport, examination fees or extra-curricular activities outside school hours.

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