OUR SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Mr.Graeme Mark Garrett
Head of Secondary
Hello, my name is John McGrath. I am delighted to be joining the Gulf English School this year as Head of Secondary. Having received such a warm welcome, I am eager for the term to begin and excited to start to work in what I am sure will be another successful year at here at GES.
After completing my BA at UCRYSJ and then my Initial Teacher Training at Newcastle University, I began my career as a History and Geography teacher in 1994. In 2018, having spent 24 years as a teacher and school leader in a variety of different Secondary Schools in the North of England, I decided to move to Kuwait and have spent the last three year working as a Vice-Principal in an American School in the city before joining GES.
I believe that being a teacher is not just a job but also a privilege. Being able to be part of a child’s progression each day and seeing them grow to become young adults ready to explore and succeed in the world brings as much joy and satisfaction now as it has always.
I look forward to meeting you all as I begin my work as part of the GES family.
Head of Primary
Welcome to the Gulf English School Primary learning community.
As head teacher, I am committed to creating a welcoming atmosphere in school where children, staff and parents feel valued.
Children in our school are happy and develop the skills to become active, caring, productive and responsible members of society. They have a love of learning and lively enquiring minds that last a lifetime.
Each child is encouraged to reach their full potential and we recognise that every child is special and has their own contributions to make. We achieve this by providing an exciting, broad and challenging learning experience.
Our staff are dedicated, hardworking and experienced. The school atmosphere fosters an enjoyment of learning within a safe and stable environment.
We help promote the confidence and engagement of parents and carers in the learning of their children through supportive relationships between the school and home.
Deputy Head of Key Stages 2
Hello GES parents,
I am Ms Layla Smyth and the Deputy Head of Key Stage 2. Key Stage 2 consists of Year 3, 4, 5 and 6.
After completing my BA in Development Studies at Middlesex University in North London, I started my PGCE in Primary Education at Nottingham Trent University in 2014 and qualified as a Primary school teacher. I worked in Nottingham city in several school as a class teacher. I have gained experience teaching in Year 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
I arrived in Kuwait in 2019 and started working in GES. I was appointed Year Leader in 2020 where I was able to support students, teachers and parents. In 2021, I was appointed Deputy Headteacher and Head of Key Stage 2. In Key Stage 2, myself and the teaching staff have high standards of teaching and learning. We ensure the British National Curriculum is fully covered in all subjects. Making sure the students are ready move into Secondary School with a wealth of knowledge, confidence and resilience.
Deputy Head for Early Years & KS1
Hello GES family!
My name is Ms Ruhi Prashar and I am the Deputy Head of EYFS and KS1. I have worked at GES for 10 years and have enjoyed every minute.
Our students are joyful, respectful and an absolute pleasure to be around. While they are with us in the EYFS and KS1 department, they receive a well rounded and balanced education that gives them the skills and academic ability to move on to KS2.
Here in the EYFS and KS1 department, we are happy to boast a fantastic staff of professional and well experienced educators. Our teachers go above and beyond for the children in their class and they cater to the needs of every single child. The result is that our students leave our department feeling happy and with a love of school and learning. They leave us with a great sense of pride and security within their own abilities and are able to continue their school journey with confidence.
Deputy Head of Secondary - Pastoral
My name is Mr Paul Luijting and as many of you know I'm from the Netherlands. I am currently assisting Mr John as Assistant Headteacher with a focus on Pastoral in addition to my position as Business Teacher.
I like to contribute to a safe and trusted learning environment, where the students are central and we all take that extra step every day to achieve our goals together as a Team.
One Team, One Task. #WeAreGES
Having qualified with a BSc (Hons) Mathematics and then a PGCE, I ventured out to Kuwait in 2016 as a Mathematics Teacher. I have been at Gulf English School since 2019; first as Head of Mathematics, and now as the Assistant Head of Secondary to Mr McGrath - tasked with developing academia at GES.
Deputy Head of Secondary- Academic