Having spent my whole school life as a British expat, I am well aware of the importance and challenges that come with making decisions and carving out a unique pathway that befits our students’ varied upbringing and diverse surroundings. As a student growing up in various different countries, I eventually sat my GCSEs and A Levels at a British school in Milan. Applying to university from there, I found myself on very unfamiliar ground in my ‘home’ country. Our students benefit from the same breadth of experience and exposure to international life as I did, and yet it can be daunting when faced with the already difficult Post-18 decisions to also be choosing a new location to call home. I studied at the University of Oxford and went on to work at UCL in London as a research scientist before completing my teacher training. As a school teacher, I have always been affiliated to the Sixth Form, as a Sixth Form tutor at Eton College and as a Boarding House Assistant at Wellington College in the UK, and later as a tutor and as the Careers Counsellor at JESS here in Dubai.
I have helped guide students through the early stages of choice making, to their applications to universities around the world, vocational training positions and work. I love the impact that this particular area of pastoral and academic care can have on a student, I feel privileged to be involved and witness to the decision-making process that we start in Year 9, and that will continue throughout the school until our students head onto new chapters at the end of Year 13. It is my belief that students should be brave in their decision making, ambitious in their choices and eternally curious and open to the flexibility of the modern workplace. With so many opportunities to grasp, students can pursue their ambitions, refine their skill set and seek out new challenges whilst moving forward and progressing towards future success.
It is our aim to ensure that students are informed and reflective, that all pathways are unique and that students are able to showcase their individuality and skill. Most importantly, as JAS students progress through the school and beyond, they will have the courage to be ambitious and to succeed.