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ACADEMIC STAFF
PRE PREP

Antonia Confalone

Antonia Confalone

Head of Pre Prep

LLB in Law, University of Reading. PGCE specialising in EYFS and KS1, Roehampton University.

Antonia taught Reception for three years in Kingston Upon Thames, where she was also Outdoor Learning Leader before taking on the middle management role of Head of EYFS and teaching across the phase. Antonia joined Sherborne Qatar Prep School in 2017 and has since taught in Years 1 and 3. She has also been Head of KS1 and Head of Maths. Antonia is very active and loves running (completing the London Marathon in both 2009 and 2011) and swimming. She enjoys living in Doha with her husband and two children.

PRE SCHOOL

LINDSEY WILKIN

LINDSEY WILKIN

Head of Year: Pre School

BSc Psychology, Loughborough University; PGCE in Early Years, Cambridge University.

Lindsey worked as an Operations Manager in London for eight years before starting a family and changing career to become an EYFS teacher. Lindsey has taught in Early Years for more than 9 years in Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, and Qatar. She particularly loves to find play-based ways to encourage children to develop their new skills. In her spare time, Lindsey loves to travel. She enjoys outdoor activities, especially swimming and enjoys cooking with her family.

DEBBIE EITE

DEBBIE EITE

Pre School Teacher

BA (Hons) English and Publishing; PGCE, University of Central England.

This is Debbie’s 8th year teaching at Sherborne Qatar. She taught in Reception for three years and this will be her fifth year working with the Pre School team. She spent ten years working as a journalist and public relations manager in the UK before completing her PGCE and has been teaching for more than 10 years. She has two boys; one is in Year 10 and one studying in the UK. The whole family are members of the rugby club and her husband is a coach of the Under 14s.

SINEAD FERGUSON

SINEAD FERGUSON

Pre School Teacher, House Leader Sheppard House

BA (Hons) Sociology: Liverpool John Moores University, PGCE Primary Education: Liverpool Hope University.

Sinead used to be a Teaching Assistant and she has worked in many schools in London. After completing her degree, she trained to teach and has worked in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. This will be her fourth year teaching in EYFS at Sherborne Qatar. Sinead enjoys learning new things and going on adventures. She also enjoys baking and creating things.

MICHELLE YOUNG

MICHELLE YOUNG

Pre School Teacher

LTCL, Trinity College of London.

Michelle is a New Zealander and a primary trained teacher, musician and singer, who took the role of Primary Music Specialist for the first 6 years of her career at two schools in New Zealand and Copenhagen International School. During 6 years in Shanghai, raising 3 small children, she trained as a Kindermusik Educator, then created and led Baby and Toddler Music Classes at various expat locations. Michelle next discovered the delight of teaching EYFS, bringing her love of music to young children at the Netherlands International School in Jakarta followed by Dukhan English School in Qatar. With the arrival of a fourth child, she has spent the last two years at home teaching music lessons on piano, guitar, ukulele, flute and recorder. Michelle enjoys leading her church youth band, various sports and travel.

RECEPTION

CIARA TRAINOR

CIARA TRAINOR

Reception Year Leader: Reception Form Teacher

BA (Hons) Education and Sport Studies, Liverpool Hope University PGCE Primary, University of Southampton.

Ciara has been a teacher for 6 years. She joined Sherborne Qatar EYFS in September 2018. Prior to this, she worked in KS1 settings in England, Northern Ireland and in another British Curriculum school in Doha. Ciara thoroughly enjoys playing sport – particularly invasion games such as the Irish sports of Gaelic Football and Hurling / Camogie and Netball. She also enjoys outdoor activities such as running, cycling, playing tennis, mountain walking and generally being active. She enjoys spending the holidays travelling and has visited many different countries and states within Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East.

DANIKKA BROWN

DANIKKA BROWN

Reception Teacher

BA (Hons) in Primary Education specialising in EYFS and KS1, Roehampton University.

After graduating from Roehampton University, Danikka taught in London before relocating to Qatar in 2019. Danikka has experience in both Early Years and Key Stage 1 and is excited to be joining the EYFS team at Sherborne Qatar. She is passionate about ensuring that the well-being of all children is at the centre of her teaching. She has played a role in enhancing pupil voices and implemented environmentally friendly initiatives in her schools. Her interests include yoga, reading, being creative and spending time with family and friends.

UBAH ABDI BARASAB

UBAH ABDI BARASAB

Reception Teacher

BA (Hons) in Early Childhood, Sheffield Hallam University; PGCE Early Years, Cambridge University.

Ubah is an experienced educator with almost 10 years of working within EYFS and KS1 settings. She has worked at Sherborne Qatar for 4 years and prior to this she worked in Dubai and in various schools in the UK. She is passionate about children’s books and has more recently completed an online creative writing course in her pursuit to write her own children’s book. Ubah enjoys spending her spare time with her family and friends. Since arriving in Doha, her love for travel and adventure has taken her to Oman, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and India.

 NAZIA RAHMAN

NAZIA RAHMAN

Reception Teacher

BSc (Hons) in Information Systems, Brunel University and PGCE (specialised in Early Years), University of East London.

Nazia has lived in Doha the past five years and has taught in a British Curriculum School in Doha for 3 years. Prior to this, she taught in KS1 and EYFS settings in England.

Nazia enjoys spending time with friends and family. She enjoys reading, watching films and travelling. Since moving to Doha, she has visited Dubai, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Turkey.

YEAR 1

JESSICA DEANE

JESSICA DEANE

Year 1 Leader, Year 1 Teacher

BA (Hons) English and working with children, young people and families, Newman University PGCE Primary Wolverhampton University.

Jessica began her teaching career at Smiths Wood Primary Academy in Birmingham, where she completed her NQT year in Year 2 and was given the middle management role of Head of Year. In 2016, she moved to Qatar and was been Head of Year 1 at Newton British Academy, Al Dafna for 2 years. Jessica has a keen interest in performing arts, and dance in particular and she loves to organise performances within school. She loves travelling, cooking and spending time with her family and friends.

ABIGAIL JESSOP

ABIGAIL JESSOP

Year 1 Teacher

BA (Hons) in Coaching and Physical Education, University College Plymouth St Mark and St John; PGCE Primary Plymouth University.

Abi worked as a 1:1 SEN Teaching assistant before returning to Plymouth to complete her PGCE. Her first teaching post was as a Year 5 Form Tutor in a rural Middle School in Dorset, from there she embarked on 5 years of teaching in EYFS. Three of those years were in a small First School where she also took the lead role in PE for the school, implementing school wide initiatives to encourage children to be fit and healthy, followed by 2 years in Reception at King’s College Doha. During her time in Early Years, Abi has developed a sound knowledge and understanding of Phonics teaching and taken part in several opportunities for professional development in teaching Maths, facilitated by the NCETM Maths Hubs. Outside school Abi has several interests. She enjoys keeping active and has always been a keen swimmer, competing from a young age and playing water polo at university. She also enjoys cycling and loves to refuel by baking up some treats in the kitchen to share with her friends over coffee.

ROXANA PEERZADA

ROXANA PEERZADA

Year 1 Teacher

BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences and PGCE Primary Education, University of the West of England.

Roxana is originally from Zimbabwe and has lived in Canada, South Africa, the U.K. and now Qatar. She has been fortunate enough to work with children in most of these countries. Roxana completed her PGCE in Bristol, where she thoroughly enjoyed working in both Key Stages 1 and 2. She taught Year 2 for two years at an independent school near Bristol before joining Sherborne Qatar. In her spare time, Roxana enjoys yoga and swimming. teaching Maths, facilitated by the NCETM Maths Hubs. Outside school Abi has several interests. She enjoys keeping active and has always been a keen swimmer, competing from a young age and playing water polo at university. She also enjoys cycling and loves to refuel by baking up some treats in the kitchen to share with her friends over coffee.

STACEY DUNCAN

STACEY DUNCAN

Year 1 Teacher

MA Primary Education with Teaching Qualification, The University of Glasgow, Scotland.

After completing her four year undergraduate degree in Primary Education, Stacey taught Year 1 in Scotland before moving to Qatar in 2017. Since then, she has enjoyed teaching Year 5, in another British Curriculum school in Doha before moving to Sherborne Qatar. Both in and out of school, Stacey enjoys sporting events and loves getting involved in art projects. She spends her free time reading, going to the gym, ticking off delicious food spots from her never-ending list of restaurants to visit.

YEAR 2

LUCY MCFAUL

LUCY MCFAUL

Year 2 Leader: Year 2 Teacher

BA (Hons) Education and Early Childhood Studies, Liverpool Hope University; Primary PGCE, Liverpool Hope University.

Lucy graduated as a Primary Teacher in 2016 after previously studying Education and Early Childhood. Before joining Sherborne Qatar in 2019 Lucy spent the past three years in the UAE as a Year 1 teacher, where she completed her NQT year. She also worked closely with the Foundation Stage and Year 2, as Reading Co-ordinator, an area about which she is particularly passionate. Lucy enjoys reading and swimming in her spare time, as well as sight-seeing and visiting new places.

ROBERT BRIDLE

ROBERT BRIDLE

Year 2 Teacher

BA (Hons) Primary Education and Teaching, Chichester University.

Rob completed his teaching degree six years ago at the University of Chichester and he has been working in England and Qatar ever since. He has worked in schools in Brighton and London and then moved to Qatar in 2018. Rob has spent the last few years as Head of Year 1 before moving to Sherborne Qatar. In his spare time Rob enjoys football, reading, swimming and spending time with his family.

GEMMA BOYLE

GEMMA BOYLE

Year 2 Teacher

BA (Single Hons) History, Queens University Belfast; PGDE General Primary, Liverpool John Moores University; MA in Educational Practice, Liverpool John Moores University.

Gemma is from a small village in county Derry in Ireland. She completed her PGDE in Liverpool and qualified as a primary school teacher in June 2018. She moved to Qatar in August 2018 and taught Year 5 for one year and Year 4 for the last two years. Gemma was the Reading Lead at her previous school and her own passion for reading helped motivate this role. She loves arts and crafts and reading in her spare time. Gemma is also a huge musical fan, leading the ‘Singing Club’ at her previous school and incorporating her experience of dance and drama. Her family and friends are extremely important to her, along with staying active and healthy.

SALLY NIXON

SALLY NIXON

Year 2 Teacher, House Leader Irons House

BA (Hons) Primary Education, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Sally is originally from a small village called Harriseahead, Stoke on Trent, in the UK. She studied to become a Primary School Teacher at Manchester Metropolitan University, specialising in Art. After graduating in 2015, Sally spent 18 months travelling around various parts of Australia and South East Asia before returning to the UK to work as a Year 1 class teacher. Following her move to Qatar in 2017 she has worked as a Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 class teacher, as well as leading a Key Stage 1 team and phonics throughout her previous school.

ACADEMIC STAFF
Lower Key Stage 2

ANDY BRAY

ANDY BRAY

Head of Lower Key Stage 2

BA (Hons) in Sport Development, Edge Hill University, Schools Direct Teacher Training, Bradford College.

Andy worked in Sport Development for several years before pursuing a career in teaching. He started his teaching career in West Yorkshire and taught Year 3 up to Year 6 at three different schools. Andy moved to Doha in 2017 and became the Head of Lower Key Stage 2 in 2018. He enjoys various sports including running, table tennis and squash; he plays competitively in the Doha Squash League and loves running on the Corniche in the evening.

YEAR 3

JESSICA NEWSOME

JESSICA NEWSOME

Year 3 Teacher

BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Originally from a town near Leeds, West Yorkshire, Jessica moved to Crewe to attend Manchester Metropolitan University where she completed a four-year degree in Primary Education with QTS. Jessica then taught in Stoke-on-Trent, where she completed her NQT year in Year 5 before moving to Year 6. She moved to Qatar in 2017 and she taught Year 5 in her previous school for three years as well as being the subject leader for English. In her spare time Jessica loves to play netball and attend the gym. She is also an avid reader.

KATHRYN MILLS

KATHRYN MILLS

Year 3 Teacher

BA (Hons), PGCE.

After five years teaching Reception at Sherborne Qatar, Kathryn moved to Year 3 in 2019. With over nineteen years teaching experience in both England and Qatar, Kathryn loves to find new ways to inspire creativity and make learning fun. Kathryn has taught all year groups throughout Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and the Foundation Stage. She was school SENCo and subject leader for Maths in her previous role. Kathryn enjoys swimming, dance and Zumba. She especially loves to spend time with her husband and two sons here in Doha.

LOUISE McCORMACK

LOUISE McCORMACK

Year 3 Teacher

BA English and Economics, Maynooth University; Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Durham University.

Louise first came to Qatar in 2011 to teach Economics and Business to Years 9 – 12. She also has experience teaching Year 1 and 2 children in ISC – Doha. Louise became a part of our Sherborne family in 2019 when teaching as a supply teacher. During the last academic year, she has enjoyed developing and implementing the STEM curriculum at Sherborne Qatar School for Girls, as a Year 3 teacher. Louise loves nature and going for long walks in the gorgeous green fields of Ireland or the beautiful beaches in Qatar. She also enjoys keeping fit and playing golf or swimming.

MATTHEW FROST

MATTHEW FROST

Year 3 Teacher

BA (Hons) Education Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University; PGCE 7-11 year olds, Leeds Trinity University.

Matthew’s passion for working with children began when he was 18 years old, whilst working at an outdoor education centre in Newcastle, England. After finishing his apprenticeship, he began his training to become a teacher. During this time, he was working as a Teaching Assistant and 1-1 support for children with learning difficulties in several schools in Manchester. After completing his PGCE in 2018 Matthew decided to move to Qatar after visiting his mother, who also lives in Doha. His hobbies include football, rock climbing and travelling.
orgeous green fields of Ireland or the beautiful beaches in Qatar. She also enjoys keeping fit and playing golf or swimming.

YEAR 4

HOLLY RYAN

HOLLY RYAN

Year 4 Teacher

BA Hons (Philosophy, Ethics and Religion), Leeds Trinity University; PGCE 7-11 Year olds, Edge Hill University.

Holly graduated as a Primary Teacher in 2020 and completed her first year’s teaching at Sherborne Qatar School for Girls. Holly enjoys creative arts such as music, drama and singing and in particular she has a passion for dance. Holly enjoys travelling the world, meeting new people and experiencing different cultures.

ED JERRAM

ED JERRAM

Year 4 Teacher

BSc (Hons) in Psychology, Northumbria University. PGCE in Primary Education, York St John University.

Ed is from a small town called Northallerton in the county of North Yorkshire, England. His passion for work with children began after teaching outdoor education at a summer camp in the USA. After teaching a sport-based life skills programme in Primary schools across the North of England, Ed went back to university to become a teacher. Since completing his PGCE, Ed has volunteered at a Primary school in South Africa and spent a year teaching a Year 4 class in Yarm, North Yorkshire. His hobbies include travelling and many sports. He especially enjoys Football and American Football. Ed is very excited about moving to Qatar and beginning his journey at Sherborne Qatar.

COLIN SMYTH

COLIN SMYTH

Year 4 Teacher, House Leader Khalifa House

MEd (Primary), Froebel Department, Maynooth University, Ireland.

Initially Colin taught in Year 1 at Sherborne Qatar before moving to Year 4. As well as teaching Colin has been involved with the pastoral care of children within the local community and he has coached mini rugby during the latter years of his playing career. Colin loves to play a round of golf as often as he can whilst maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

ZAHRA MOHAMMED

ZAHRA MOHAMMED

Year 4 Teacher, Head of Maths

BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS, Manchester Metropolitan University.

After qualifying Zahra has worked in various roles in the Education sector and has worked in Year 2 for four years. Zahra completed her NQT year at Gatley Primary School before moving to Sherborne Qatar. She loves reading, gardening and keeping active at the gym.

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Upper Key Stage 2

SARAH BENNETT

SARAH BENNETT

Head of Upper Key Stage 2

BA(Hons) in Hospitality Management, PGCE, Sunderland University; Masters in Education, Liverpool Hope University.

Sarah began her career teaching English with the British Council. After starting a family and completing a PGCE in Education with Sunderland University, she joined The British School Al Khubairat in Abu Dhabi where she worked for 11 years in Reception, Year 1 and Year 5. She was also Primary Maths Subject Leader, specialising in teaching Maths across the primary school. Sarah has a passion for education and graduated with a Masters in Education in 2015. She joined Sherborne Qatar in 2017 and was Head of English for two years before becoming Head of UKS2. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys cooking, camping, travelling and spending time with her family and friends.

YEAR 5

LAURA DOYLE

LAURA DOYLE

Year 5 Teacher

BEd (Hons) in Education.

Laura has been teaching for eight years and is dedicated to providing learning and teaching experiences that benefit the needs of all children. She has taught a variety of year groups in Scotland over the years and has also previously lived and worked in Doha, teaching Year 4 for two years at Compass International School. Laura is committed to continuing her own professional development and is currently finishing her final year of studies to achieve a Masters Degree in Educational Studies. She believes that all children are able to achieve success and promotes a growth mindset within her classroom, encouraging children to believe that practise makes progress!

MATTHEW OSBORN

MATTHEW OSBORN

Year 5 Teacher

BA Physical Education; MSc Sport and Exercise Science (Leeds Metropolitan University);
PGCE Primary Education (Northumbria University).

Matthew is an enthusiastic, caring teacher who hails from Leeds, England. He has 10 years of experience at a well-regarded primary school, where he has worked in both Year 4 and Year 5. Matthew has a background in sport and exercise and therefore has a real interest in physical education, health and wellbeing. Inside the classroom, his favourite subject is Maths and he also enjoys Science. Matthew also has a keen interest in the use of technology in education. Outside the classroom, he is a keen rugby player and coach, as well as keen supporter of football (especially Leeds United) and an all-round sports fan.

KATIE GITTINS

KATIE GITTINS

Year 5 Teacher; House Leader Powys House

BA (Hons) English Literature, PGCE, Liverpool University.

Katie is an enthusiastic and caring teacher who enjoys being creative with the curriculum. She studied for an undergraduate degree in English Literature in Liverpool where she grew a passion for inspiring children to bring characters to life through story writing. During her teacher training she taught across Key Stage One and Key Stage Two in a diverse setting. Katie joined Sherborne Qatar Prep School IN 2019 and she enjoys being part of such a warm community. Her hobbies and interests include relaxing through yoga, reading, listening to live music and travelling to experience different cultures.

YEAR 6

GAIL WILLIAMS

GAIL WILLIAMS

Year 6 Teacher, Year 3 and 4 Music Teacher and House Leader of AmnA

BA Education (Hons) Exeter University.

Gail taught at Clayesmore Preparatory School in Dorset and Norman Court Preparatory School, Salisbury in both Reception and Year 2 until joining Sherborne Qatar when the school opened in 2009. Gail has taught Year 3 and Year 6 in the Prep School and she also enjoys teaching music in Years 3 and 4. She has a wide experience of library work, Brownies, producing school musicals and is a keen cook, singer and craft worker. She is married to Richard and is mother of Rachael and Christopher who were both pupils in the school.

CHRISTOPHER McSTEEN

CHRISTOPHER McSTEEN

Year 6 Form Teacher, Head of English

BA (Hons) History and Archaeology, Queens University Belfast; PGCE Edgehill University in Ormskirk UK.

Christopher was born and raised in a small village called Crumlin, in the north of Ireland. He began his teaching career in Year 4 in Luton, England, before moving to Qatar in 2017. He taught Years 3 and 4 and he was Head of Year 3 at Newton International School before moving to Sherborne Qatar to teach Year 1 and now Year 6. Christopher enjoys bringing his love of sport and drama together within his teaching and he tries to make every lesson as fun and engaging as possible. In his spare time, he plays football, basketball and golf.

GRAINNE O’CARROLL

GRAINNE O’CARROLL

Year 6 Teacher

BEd (Hons) Primary Teaching with History, St. Mary’s University College Belfast.

Gráinne is from Derry in the North of Ireland and has been teaching for the past four years. After finishing university, she moved to London and worked there as a Year 5 and Year 6 teacher. After that, she made the move to Doha, Qatar where she taught for two years in a British International School as a Year 6 class teacher. She has a passion for teaching and encourages creativity and imagination in her class. Gráinne’s main interests include keeping active, paddle boarding, cooking new recipes, speaking Irish, animals and traveling the world. She is excited for her new adventure at Sherborne.

GENEVIEVE DAVIES

GENEVIEVE DAVIES

Year 6 Teacher

BA (Hons) Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Kent. PGDE Primary Education, University College London.  

Before qualifying as a teacher, Genevieve gained experience by tutoring GCSE English Literature and Language as well as working in a Year 3 class as a Teaching Assistant. Genevieve trained with the Teach First Training Programme in London and has taught in Year 5 for the last two years. Genevieve enjoys reading, listening to podcasts on philosophy, exercising through yoga and travelling.  

ANDREW CALAS

ANDREW CALAS

Year 6 Teacher, Head of Innovation and Digital Learning

BA in Primary Education with QTS, University of Wales Trinity St David.

Andy worked as a mechanical engineer and health and safety officer on various petrol and chemical refineries across the UK before retraining as a primary school teacher. Before joining Sherborne Qatar in 2018 he taught at GEMs Wellington School in Qatar as a Year 4 teacher. Andy is a keen traveller and sportsman and has represented martial art clubs and rugby teams in places such as China and South Africa. He dedicates his leisure time to sport, training and education as well as spending time with family and friends.

ACADEMIC STAFF
PE AND GAMES

ALISTAIR PALFREY

ALISTAIR PALFREY

Head of PE and Games

BSc (Hons) in Sport & Exercise Science, University of Bedfordshire.

Alistair has been Head of PE at Sherborne Qatar Preparatory School for seven years. Previously, after a year as a Teaching Assistant, Alistair trained at The East Northamptonshire Initial Teacher Training College in Secondary PE and qualified as a PE Teacher in 2011. Prior to working at Sherborne Qatar Alistair worked at the Weavers Academy in Northamptonshire, teaching PE and ICT. Outside school his interests include cycling and he has completed the London to Brighton bike ride three times to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. Alistair also enjoys travelling, eating out, going to the gym and watching a variety of sports.

 JOHN OAKES

JOHN OAKES

PE and Games; Enrichment Coordinator

BA (Hons) Physical Education Leeds Metropolitan University; GTP.

John completed a BA in Physical Education whilst working as a sports coach at various schools in West Yorkshire, UK. He went on to complete the Graduate Teaching Programme, working as a PE teacher at Bradford Grammar School and enjoyed delivering a variety of sports across both the Prep and Senior Schools. Rugby, however, has always been John’s first love, leading him to become Head of Rugby at BGS and coaching the school’s 1st XV for 5 seasons, before making the move to Sherborne Qatar. In his spare time John still enjoys playing and coaching Rugby and also keenly follows a variety of sports, including everything from his beloved Newcastle United Football Club to Cricket and NFL. John is very fortunate to be joined in Doha by his wife Jessica and his two daughters.

SARAH NICHOLLS

SARAH NICHOLLS

PE and Games, House Leader Jassim House

BEd (Hons) in Secondary Physical Education with QTS.

Sarah was born and raised in Somerset just a few miles down the road from Sherborne UK. As a she grew up, she participated in many sports including Synchronised Swimming for 9 years, Hockey, Netball and many more. She went on to play Water Polo for her county and she has taken part in open water swimming challenges. She trained a team of 12 year olds to swim the English Channel and has swum from Asia to Europe herself. Sarah began her teaching career at Taunton Prep School (UK) as a Games Teacher and Resident House Tutor, in their boarding house. She then moved to Qatar in 2018 and worked as Head of Girls Games and Head of Year at King’s College Doha for a further 3 years, before moving to Sherborne Qatar Prep as a PE teacher and Head of House.

ACADEMIC STAFF
MUSIC

RAZWAN SARWAR

RAZWAN SARWAR

Head of Music

BA (Hons) Combined Business Marketing, Huddersfield University; PGCE in Business Studies with Citizenship Enhancement with QTS, Huddersfield University; National Diploma in Popular Music, Oldham College; BTEC in Classical Asian Music, Rochdale.

Razwan has been the Head of Music at Sherborne Qatar Prep School for the past six years. Previously, he was Head of Music at a school in Halifax, teaching and leading Music in EYFS and Key Stages 1 and 2. He is a composer and conductor and had the opportunity to conduct a 650 piece ensemble at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Razwan has established a choir which won the Repertoire Award at the Qatar Primary Choir of the Year competition in 2018 and which has performed at the Mall of Qatar, Katara Opera House and the Sheikh Faisal Museum. Razwan oversees a successful and growing, one to one instrumental music programme and he has also established the school as an ABRSM and Rock School music examination centre.

Razwan’s main instrument is the piano but he also plays various percussion instruments. His other interests include music technology, travelling, sports and food.

ACADEMIC STAFF
LANGUAGES

BASSAM DAHBOUR

BASSAM DAHBOUR

Assistant Principal and Director of Arabic and Islamic Studies

Bachelor Arabic Language, Qatar University.

Mr Bassam has 30 years’ experience teaching Arabic studies in Doha, at both primary and senior levels. He also teaches adult students Arabic and Islamic studies. Mr Bassam has worked with the MOI to set examination standards for Arabic. Outside school, he enjoys swimming, football, reading, and is very interested in world news.

SUZAN SAADA

SUZAN SAADA

Head of Arabic

Higher Diploma in Child Education, University of Balqa. Specialization in Primary Education.

Suzan Saada is a Jordanian teacher who has taught children for over 16 years. She has been at Sherborne Qatar for the past 10 years. Prior to that she worked at the Al Wajba Government School as a teacher and Head of the Special Needs Centre. Suzan has completed countless courses regarding education, Arabic, culture, and Islamic Studies, such as Leaders of Learning from Harvard, and Criteria of Teaching from the Ministry of Education. She has also gained experience in teaching Arabic to adults. In her free time, Suzan enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and swimming. She loves organizing various events in school such as Qatar National Day and Arabic Day.

ASMAA SABIH

ASMAA SABIH

Arabic & Islamic B Teacher

BA (Hons) in English with Arabic as a subsidiary subject, Patna University, India.

Asmaa is originally from India and has born, lived, and studied in Saudi Arabia at an Arabic school. She went to India for her higher studies where she has completed her undergraduate course and worked as an Arabic teacher for 5 years. She has lived in Saudi Arabia, India, UAE and Qatar. She has enjoyed teaching Arabic for non-native speakers in another British curriculum school in Doha before moving to Sherborne Qatar. Asmaa spends her free time reading, enjoying time with her family and visiting her favourite malls & restaurants. g to Sherborne Qatar Prep as a PE teacher and Head of House.

FATIMA ALSAIFI

FATIMA ALSAIFI

Year 3 and 4 Arabic Teacher

Bachelor of Sharia and Islamic Studies, Qatar University.

After completing her four year undergraduate degree in Sharia and Islamic Studies, Fatima taught Year 1 in Al-Wakrah Primary School for girls for 2 years and, before moving to Sherborne Qatar, at another school for 4 years. She was a teacher and subject coordinator at both her previous schools. She has attended many workshops and seminars. Fatima loves cooking and she is also a coffee lover. She spends her free time reading and spending time with her family.

AMANI AL HADDAD

AMANI AL HADDAD

Year 1 and 2 Arabic Teacher

BA in Arabic Language, Hashemite University of Jordan.

Amani is an Arabic language teacher for Years 1 and 2. She worked as an Arabic language teacher for the primary stage for 5 years at Al-Ghanim Bilingual School in Kuwait. After getting married she lived in Kuwait for 6 years and gave birth to two daughters. When her family moved to Qatar, she joined the staff at Sherborne Qatar Prep School. Amani loves nature very much, especially the sea and beautiful gardens. Her hobbies include photography and art.

NOOR RIHAN

NOOR RIHAN

Years 3 – 6 Arabic, Islamic studies and Qatar History teacher

 

Noor was raised in Qatar and is very familiar with Qatar’s education and schools.

Noor graduated from the most prestigious university and began her teaching career at Al Arqam Academy School for Girls before moving to Sherborne Qatar. In her spare time, Noor enjoys meditation and reading which helps her keep calm and always ready for the next challenge.

NADIA SULAIMAN

NADIA SULAIMAN

Year 1 - 6 French Teacher

BA in French University of Baghdad; Teacher Training Certificate University de Savoire, Chambery.

Nadia has been in Doha for several years and before joining Sherborne Qatar she taught at Compass International School and Al Jazeera Academy. Before that she taught for several years at ACS International School, Egham, Surrey. A Gulf lady in origin she spent much of her childhood in France and she has also lived in London.

ACADEMIC STAFF
LEARNING INTERVENTION

AMY BRAY

AMY BRAY

Head of Learning Intervention

BSc (Hons) in Psychology, University of Central Lancashire; Schools Direct Teacher Training, Bradford College.

After completing her degree in Psychology Amy set up and managed a nurture group for vulnerable children and those with additional educational needs within a Bradford primary school. She worked with children from Reception to Year 6 and their parents to create individualised learning plans to support their needs. Since starting her teacher career, Amy has taught from Reception to Year 3. This will be Amy’s 5th year at Sherborne Qatar. Alongside teaching, Amy successfully completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Middle Leadership with Buckingham University. Amy loves spending time with her husband, son and friends in Doha. She enjoys participating in sport and has completed various charity events including a 100-mile bike ride and a 13 mile obstacle race.

LARISSA HUGHES

LARISSA HUGHES

Learning Intervention Teacher

B.Ed University of Reading.

Larissa has been teaching for over 20 years across the primary phase. She has held a number of senior management roles including Assistant Head, acting Deputy Head and most recently SENCo at another international school here in Doha. She is well aware of life at an international school, having spent 6 years in Doha as a child, attending both primary and secondary school here. Her return in 2019 with her husband was like coming home, but to a very different Doha to when she left in 1992! Larissa enjoys spending time in nature with her husband, particularly birdwatching – both in and around Doha, and across the world. She also has a love of Formula 1 motor racing having travelled to a number of races.

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Apply to Sherborne Qatar

For any queries regarding admissions to Sherborne Qatar please do not hesitate to contact our Admission Team at admissions@sherborneqatar.org or alternatively you can contact our Registrar Mrs Zainab Taki by telephone on +974 4459 6572.

If you would like to proceed with the online application please follow this link where you will also find a list of all documentation required to complete the application process.

We look forward to hearing from you.