Sarah Weaver brings to Al Mamoura Academy over 16 years of leadership experience at both local and international levels; with eight of those being in the UAE.
Sarah is now in her second year of leadership at Al Mamoura Academy and has already accomplished “Outstanding” judgements in the schools most recent BSO inspection and led the school to achieve the “Developed” status, the highest rating possible, for its distance learning programme.
Sarah brings the experience of working in both an Outstanding school and in one of the most improved schools within her educational groups’ network in the UAE. She was a highly successful Deputy Head Teacher in East London for over ten years, supporting her school to be the 4th most improved school in the United Kingdom.
During her career she has developed specialisms in; school assessment, school improvement and early years education and as a result, she has supported schools during their UK OFSTED inspections, External Reviews and KHDA Inspections within these areas.
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Originally from a small town in Lancashire, England, Matt has always been an avid traveller and had wanted to explore the world and promote the English National Curriculum in an international setting. It was this drive that had seen Matt enjoying working in schools in the UAE since 2005 when he moved to Dubai and was part of the founding team of teachers in a brand-new English National Curriculum School. After five years of working in Dubai, Matt made a move to Abu Dhabi and took up the position of a Year 6 teacher at The Pearl Primary School (The Pearl Academy) and also taking on the role of lead teacher of ICT and embedding innovative teaching styles into the school. Within a year, Matt had been promoted to the Head of Upper Key Stage 2. He was very keen to ensure that the children had the opportunity to develop their skills beyond the classroom and worked hard to develop the experiences of the students on adventure camps and exciting enrichment opportunities.
After working at The Pearl Academy, Matt joined the Al Mushrif team as the Head of Key Stage 2 before taking up the role of Assistant Principal. Within the role, Matt was part of the Senior Leadership Team that helped to develop the school and prepare for shifting to a purpose-built site in 2016 and the launch of Al Mamoura Academy.
Matt was appointed the Primary Principal in April 2019 and alongside the Primary Leadership Team is helping to deliver the school's vision. He is very keen to ensure that the children experience innovative and creative learning opportunities that will prepare the students for jobs that are yet to be thought of. He is very excited about the opportunities that await the students and is looking forward to seeing them develop through the Lower School and move into the Middle and Senior School at Al Mamoura Academy.
Tom has always been keen to explore the world. It was his passion for education, and supporting student outcomes, that saw him undertake his PGCE in the same year in Science and Mathematics. In 2013 Tom joined Aldar Academies as a Maths and Science teacher at Al Yasmina Academy, and within the same year was promoted to Head of Maths.
After two years leading the maths team at Al Yasmina Academy Tom was promoted to the role of Assistant Principal for Data, Assessment and Curriculum and during this time worked on implementing Visible Learning and the work of John Hattie. During this time, Tom supported work across Aldar Academies in the area of data, timetabling and moderation. Tom was part of the senior leadership at Al Yasmina Academy, which secured an Outstanding grading in the BSO inspection in 2018 in each of the seven categories.
In 2019, Tom was appointed as Secondary Principal at Al Mamoura Academy, and alongside the secondary leadership team, is helping to deliver the school's vision. He is keen to develop a personalised approach to learning, focusing on student growth and knowing the impact we have.
Operations and Services Manager
Mala Najafi, the Operations & Service Manager, joined Al Mamoura Academy in September 2019 and has enjoyed being part of a Leadership Team that strives for excellence in every strand of the school life. Mala's role as the Operations & Services Manager is to ensure those standards are applied in all non-educational aspect of the Academy with particular attention given Health & Safety.
Mala brings with her over 25 years' experience in Management, Administration, Procurement, HR and Customer Service across a variety of industries with the last six years focusing on Educational Environments & School Improvements.
Mala is delighted to be working with a team whose ultimate goal is the safety and wellbeing of all our students and staff.
Primary Assistant Principal – Pastoral
Susan Adshead began her teaching career at Edge Hill University in the United Kingdom back in 2009. After teaching in a Primary School in the North West of England for three years, she began a new chapter in her career by moving to Abu Dhabi. After working at Al Muna Academy for three years as the Head of Key Stage 2, she moved onto the role of Assistant Principal at Al Mamoura Academy.
As an educator, the pastoral wellbeing and social and emotional development of students have always been a priority of Susan's as she firmly believes that children make the most academic progress when they feel happy, healthy and safe. Susan is thrilled to be part of the Al Mamoura community and describes it as a place where everyone belongs.
Assistant Principal of Curriculum, Data and Assessment in the Lower School
Saoirse Hall started her teaching career upon Graduating from The University of Warwick in 2008. She began teaching in Key Stage One in a school in Coventry later that year. Saoirse stayed with this school for the next six years, gaining experience across different year groups in Key Stage One. While at the school, Saoirse began to develop an interest in leadership and sharing her expertise with others, this led to her appointment into Middle Leadership roles, including Head of English and Key Stage Leader.
In 2015 Saoirse applied to Al Mushrif intending to gain some experience of teaching abroad and widening her skillset. Saoirse was delighted to work with Al Mushrif and then followed them to their new site under the name of Al Mamoura. Over the next few years, Saoirse continued to work hard and progress back into leadership, undertaking the role of Key Stage leader and then in 2019, was appointed as Assistant Principal. Saoirse is passionate about ensuring the delivery of an exciting and innovative curriculum, that is accessible to all. She believes children should be provided with opportunities and challenged to be the very best they can be.
Assistant Principal Middle and Senior School- Pastoral
Danielle started her teaching career in 1997 when she began her Bachelor of Education at Marjon's in Devon. She has held many leadership positions during her career, and she began teaching in Tottenham, London in 2001, working as a Teacher of PE and Head of Year in a fresh start Academy.
Before teaching at At Al Mamoura, she was an Assistant Principal in Al Ain Academy Prior to this she was an Associate Assistant Principal at an outstanding Sports Academy in her home county of Cornwall, UK. She was a designated Child Protection Officer, Duke of Edinburgh mentor and Head of Year.
Danielle brings a wealth of experience to Al Mamoura Academy. As a professional for teacher training, Danielle mentored and trained many teachers over the years and continues to support this for the Aldar group by being one of the lead facilitators for the Best Practice Network, NPQ programme, and growing our leaders.
Last year she completed the National Qualification for Head Teachers and had a significant impact on the secondary school she was working at in Al Ain, seeing outstanding progress and attainment in the last two years of IGCSE and IAL results. She has high expectations of all and brings a culture of success for all; students believe in themselves, creating an environment that is challenging and nurturing. She believes in developing a growth mindset in students, parents and staff, enabling educators to develop the child in a holistic and well-rounded way. She is thrilled to be working at Al Mamoura Academy and looks forward to collaborating with the whole community.
Assistant Principal Middle and Senior School- Curriculum and Assessment
Sandra has always had a passion for teaching, and once she completed her BSc in Mathematics, she knew that her career path would be in teaching where her focus would be on making young minds fall in love with Mathematics.
Sandra started teaching in South Wales through the medium of Welsh, where she learnt to be bilingual with her teaching.
This experience opened her eyes to the struggles that some students face when something is taught to them but not in their native language and has since developed her teaching technique to support all students.
Sandra has had many opportunities to develop within her career and has taken on many leadership responsibilities from Head of House, Deputy Head of Faculty and then onto being a Head of Faculty.
When Sandra moved to Abu Dhabi in 2015, her career started at Al Yasmina Academy as a Mathematics teacher and Head of Year.
She then moved to Al Mamoura Academy in 2019 into the role of Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Assessment. Sandra has been part of the team that has developed the curriculum to offer many opportunities for all students to study the subjects they have a passion for working with students and families to ensure that they make the right choices at the right time.