Christine Simmonds has been appointed as Director of Schools in the Gulf as the International Schools Partnership continues to grow the number of its schools in the region.
Reach British School in Abu Dhabi and Park House English School in Doha both joined the International Schools Partnership in the first half of 2016, and with more acquisitions in the pipeline, ISP has appointed Christine to lead our schools, present and future, to the next phase of their development.
Christine has extensive experience on educational structures, standards and processes in the Gulf and knows the education landscape in the region extremely well. After many years leading UK state and international schools, university departments, local authorities and government entities, Christine became a founder member of the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau in 2008. For the next five years she was a key member of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority team leading the development of quality and research in public and private schools across Dubai.
She is passionate about ‘authentic’ education whereby children gain knowledge, understanding and most importantly the skills they need to be successful in today’s ever-changing world. She is dedicated to equity and high standards in teaching, learning and leadership and feels that her educational philosophy of placing the child central to school improvement fits well with that of her colleagues at ISP.
Christine has a Masters degree from University of London, Institute of Education and most recently was CEO of Eton House School in Bundang, South Korea.