Meet Our Team

Senior Leadership Team

The DBS teaching team is highly experienced and talented, with outstanding expertise in The National Curriculum for England (NCfE), and the highest educational and ethical standards. The majority of teachers at DBS come from the United Kingdom and leading British international schools from around the world.

All our teachers are qualified to degree level, hold a PGCE (Teaching Certificate) and have QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). They also take part in regular professional development programmes to ensure they remain at the forefront of the latest educational methodology. We are proud of our diverse and high quality teaching staff who have experience of a range of educational systems, including the International Baccalaureate, the Australian Curriculum as well as The National Curriculum for England.

Our teaching team is ably assisted by an equally enthusiastic administrative and support team. Through this we ensure stability and consistency, both vital factors in teacher-pupil relationships and successful learning.

Our international team of administrative staff are hired locally and internationally.

SIMON JODRELLPrincipal / Head of Primary
Simon graduated with a degree in English from Southampton University in 1993. After completing his PGCE in Bristol and then teaching in Hampshire, UK, he moved abroad launching his international teaching career. Simon was Head of School at Garden International School Kuantan, Malaysia and most recently Primary Headteacher at a large British international school in Cairo, Egypt. While holding these leadership roles he completed an MBA with De Montfort University, Leicester, and his NPQH from the National College of School Leadership.
JONATHAN PENNOCKAssistant Head of Secondary
BRIAN HORWELLHead of Secondary
Brian studied Geography with ICT, graduating with a BSc (Hons) in 2001 from the University of Plymouth. He then studied a PGCE at Exeter, gaining QTS status in August 2002. Brian began his teaching career at Medina College on the Isle of Wight in September of that year. Since then, he has held a number of positions of responsibility, including roles in Assessment, Recording and Reporting, leading the Geography department and, in 2010, joining the Senior Leadership Team as an Assistant Headteacher. Most recently, he was appointed Deputy Headteacher, with both roles focusing on Teaching and Learning across the College.
SARAH WHITTYAssistant Head of Primary
NEAL OATESHead of Technology Integration