Primary School Team

Primary School Team

Welcome to the Primary School at Dubai British School.

Our imaginative, engaging and creative Wow! Learning curriculum enables outstanding teaching and learning opportunities grounded within the National Curriculum for England and adapted for our unique environment. Children are equally challenged through cross curricular themes such as ‘Paddington’ and ‘The Earth’s Lungs’ reflecting best practice from the UK as they are with Wow! Learning themes such as ‘Secrets of the Sands’ and ‘My Dubai’ which celebrate the exciting and innovative traditions, history and culture of the UAE.

Lessons are planned to incorporate a values-based learning approach which develops a sense of international mindedness, empathy and a deep understanding of the world around them. DBS Primary children are both environmentally conscious and practical in their approach to problem solving. Moral Education and Social Studies are embedded and integral to our curriculum. The flexibility of learning skills taught allows teachers to be responsive not only to current affairs but also the children’s interests, they have the trust to plan themes that are relevant to our students


Differentiated lessons pinpointing children's personal learning targets are identified throughout the curriculum; assessment is both formative and summative, allowing teachers to build up a comprehensive picture of the 'whole child'.

Throughout all phases of education within the Primary School academic rigour married with opportunities to enable children to achieve their full potential in a wide range of creative and expressive subjects is valued. Wow! Learning ensures that all of our students are enthused by what they are learning, and our teachers are passionate about what they are teaching.

Simon Jodrell
Head of Primary
Simon JordellHead of Primary
Maryam Talat KhanHead of Foundation / Classroom Teacher
Sarah WhittyDeputy Head of Primary
Jacqueline BaxterLearning Support Coordinator
Amanda StrachanClassroom Teacher / Asst. Head of Primary / Wellbeing

Foundation Stage

Faye NarracottFS1/Cheetahs - Classroom Teacher
Hilary MurphyFS2 Year Leader / Classroom Teacher
Christie KnoxFS2/Giraffes - Classroom Teacher
Sam BalfourFS1/Lions - Teaching Assistant
Anies WellerFS2/Springbooks - Teaching Assistant
Sarah CookFS1/Jaguars - Classroom Teacher
Maryam Talat KhanFS2/Camels - Classroom Teacher & Head of Foundation
Janna WilfordFS1/Cheetahs - Teaching Assistant
Christine SipmanFS1/Tigers - Teaching Assistant
Melanie BennettFS2/Zebra - Teaching Assistant
Lisa BurtFS1/Lions - Classroom Teacher
Aeda O'SullivanFS2/Camels - Classroom Teacher
Pila TimonenFS1/Jaguars - Teaching Assistant
Andreya KossarFS2/Camels - Teaching Assistant

Year 1

Ashlea Clothier1B Classroom Teacher
Kelly SamsYear 1B Teaching Assistant
Niamh Shine 1S Classroom Teacher
Katy WoodYear 1D Teaching Assistant
Rachel WoolasYear 1/3 Learnig Support Assistant
Maria Nicholl Year 1S Teaching Assistant

Year 2

Katie CorriganYear 2B Classroom Teacher
Harmeet MatharuYear 2 Teaching Assistant
Nina DavisYear 2D Classroom Teacher
Heba RagaelYear 2 Teaching Assistant
Fahmida IsmailYear 2S Classroom Teacher

Year 3

Christopher HudsonYear 3B Classroom Teacher
Marina AndersonYear 3 Teaching Assistant
Emma ReidYear 3D Classroom Teacher
Stephanie MathersYear 3S Classroom Teacher

Year 4

Tammy FordYear 4B Classroom Teacher
Elizabeth HanrattyYear 4 Teaching Assistant
James WilkinsYear 4D Classroom Teacher
Ben WrightYear 4S Classroom Teacher

Year 5

Dean PenneyYear 5B Classroom Teacher
Emily BostonYear 5 Teaching Assistant
Jenny StockmannYear 5D Classroom Teacher
Alison WalkerYear 5/6 Learning Support Assistant
Michelle LootsYear 5S Classroom Teacher
Lenka SullivanYear 5/6 Learning Support Assistant

Year 6

Alan SmithYear 6B Classroom Teacher
Laura GlazebrookYear 6T Classroom Teacher
Judith BarfootYear 6 Teaching Assistant
Rebecca McNamaraYear 6D Classroom Teacher
Alison WalkerYear 5/6 Learning Support Assistant
Olivia GoddardYear 6S Classroom Teacher
Anjana MehraYear 6 Teaching Assistant

Specialist Subjects

Valerie HodgsonTeacher of French
Helen KermathHead of Music

Special Education Needs Department (SEND)

Jacqueline BaxterPrimary SENDCO
Alison WalkerLearning Support Assistant
Rachel WoolasLearning Support Assistant
Zerina MukkendemLearning Support Assistant
Lenka SullivanLearning Support Assistant