Rhys Headley

Head of Secondary School 

I am proud to work at such a prestigious school as GEMS FirstPoint School - The Villa, and am driven to achieve the best for every child and family. I expect all staff and students to achieve and exceed their peak potential and I support them to do so by making learning enjoyable, enabling students to achieve skills and qualifications which will support them in later life.

I have a BA Honours degree in European and International Politics from Northumbria University, a PGCE from Middlesex University, the National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership from the Institute of Education and am currently studying for an MA in Educational Leadership. I taught Geography and Politics in the UK for ten years and held various leadership roles including Head of Department, Head of Year and Senior Leader in charge of Intervention, before moving to Dubai in 2016. At each school I have worked, and in each leadership role, I have raised standards and enabled students to set new school records for attainment.

My wife is also a teacher and we have two young sons, Thomas and Oliver, and I am enjoying the challenges of parenthood. In my spare time I am interested in rugby, which I played to a high standard for over 20 years and presently enjoy cycling. As a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society I enjoy all things Geography including international travel.

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