Matthew Barrett

Head of Primary

I am delighted to introduce myself as the Head of Primary at GEMS FirstPoint School, from August 2022.

My philosophy of delivering world class learning experiences in an emotionally comfortable but academically challenging environment, where our youngest students show courage in their endeavours and the eldest display conviction in their ideals, is crafted from 16 years’ experience in education. This experience spans Deputy Headship of both UK independent preparatory schools and international schools as well as qualifications inclusive of a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.

I am honoured to lead such a vibrant, innovative and caring community. We embrace an empathetic and collaborative approach to supporting one another; we are much more than a school, we are an inclusive community where each child thoroughly enjoys being themselves.

Having taught and held leadership posts throughout the 3-18 age range, I fully appreciate, value and understand the learning journey our students are embarking upon. I believe it is our responsibility in the Primary School to inspire individuals through real-world learning opportunities, enabling children to question critically, engage enthusiastically and perform passionately.  We equip our students with the tools they require to flourish in their exciting futures.

I am fortunate to be joined in the Primary School by my two young sons who are also members of the GEMS FirstPoint family and, away from school life, we enjoy playing sports, travel and reading together. I look forward to working closely with you, as parents, to support your children and family on this exciting educational journey together.

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