Message from the Deputy CEO
Welcome to the TES family. Since 1980, when Gulf English School (GES) was incorporated, year after year, I see GES is growing beyond expectations, not just in breadth but also in depth. The key to our continued success is adherence to our core values which have remained intact since the beginning. We are excited to celebrate our 43rd year Anniversary in 2023 and we will continue our successful journey for more and more years to come.
We are passionate about education and are extremely committed to supporting and actively promoting all of the pillars of Kuwait’s National Vision through the diversity of our businesses. We promote a sense of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) throughout all of our establishments.
GES School is vibrant and welcoming international school providing a first-class education that will enable all of our pupils to thrive in today’s dynamic global environment. GES lies at the heart of its local community and we appreciate the ongoing role we play in community integration and development.
Our school is dedicated to improving the educational attainment and life chances of all our pupils regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion or ability. Our core purpose is to ensure that every pupil gains as much from the time spent at a GES as they can. This is based on our fundamental belief that all learners can, need and want to achieve.
While we are academically rigorous, we believe success at school is much more than mastery of the year’s academic work. We are committed to ensuring that all of our pupils develop to their full potential as young people.
I thank my dedicated staff, our business partners and all our clients for achieving this milestone. GES stands proud and tall because of you. With your continued support, trust and loyalty, there can only be fruitful days ahead.
We wish you a long and successful association with TES family and look forward to your valuable contribution towards fulfillment of the organizations Vision and Mission.
Message from the School Director
Mr Graeme Garrett
Welcome to Gulf English School, Kuwait. We are a Primary and Secondary school with a long and proud tradition of serving the educational needs of our community. We are celebrating our 43rd year Anniversary in 2023 and we will continue to strive for another 43 years and more.
At GES we place great emphasis on the academic, physical and social growth of each individual student. As a school community we continue to nurture the uniqueness of our students and we strive to educate each young person to reach their potential and enable them to be the best that they can be.
It is my honour and privilege to be the Director of such a distinguished school and one steeped with such a rich history. The Gulf English School is undoubtedly a jewel of British Education with very high academic standards and a passion for learning. The school has well over one thousand pupils, and the competitive entry for places in many year groups reflects its standing in Kuwait.
The pages of our website will hopefully furnish you with some insight into our school and its history, although this is no substitute for a personal visit and first-hand experience of the school, which can be arranged in advance, owing to Covid restrictions.
As per the Mission Statement (found on the Website) the school pursues high standards in education and encourages its students to be independent learners, within a moral framework. The modern student not only requires good academic skills, they need to be open-minded, able to analyse, think critically, question, be flexible and prepared for the challenges they will face in and beyond education.
Today’s world is a dynamic place with a fast pace of change and students need to be able to adapt their talents and skills to accommodate this change. As educators, our duty is to ensure that the students in our care are better educated than previous generations and are able and committed to making a significant contribution to the world in which they live.
The school has an impressive record of examination success when compared with standards locally and globally. This success secures places for our students for a wide range of courses and career paths at the very best universities locally and beyond.
Should you require more information about the Gulf English School please feel free to contact us and we will endeavour to assist.
With my very best wishes,
School Director GES
Gulf English School provides the highest standards of British Education within an Arabic culture and international environment.
All staff at Gulf English School aim to create a safe, caring and happy community in which our children learn to meet, with confidence, the challenge of their future.
All of our Leaders and staff recognize the value of learning and have pride in, and are committed to, developing high achieving learners. This is inspired by the culture of independent learning where everyone is expected to push the boundaries of their potential through dedication to their personal best.We aim to instill in all our pupils a commitment to lifelong education and training so that they may acquire the knowledge, competencies and qualifications for working in a highly technological society.
Students will be happy and safe in a stimulating, well ordered and challenging environment which promotes a community ethos. A climate of mutual respect, the desire to achieve, combined with excellent attendance, will create confident, articulate, young people determined to be creative, enterprising and to show initiative. The school promotes high standards of behavior, good manners and honesty.
We teach our students to communicate successfully and work, both independently, and within teams. We believe that the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural aspects of education are of paramount importance to our students and the community at large and its appreciation of the aesthetic, physical and cultural dimensions of life which promotes a stimulating and culturally aware environment.
Embracing change, we will enhance the achievement of our young people, creating a generation intent on lifelong learning and on making a difference to the quality of their lives and to the lives of others.
Senior Leadership Team
Mr Graeme Mark Garrett
Mr John McGrath
Head of Secondary
Mr John McGrath
Hello, my name is John McGrath. I have been working in GES since 2021
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.
Head of Secondary
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 continue to be part of the GES family
Ms Stacey Myers
Welcome to the Gulf English School’s Primary Department, a vibrant learning community where every child, staff member and parent is valued and welcomed.
As the Head Teacher, I am committed to creating a nurturing atmosphere where children thrive and develop the skills to become active, caring, productive and responsible members of society. We foster a love for learning and encourage lively and inquisitive minds that will last a lifetime.
Head of Primary
At our school, each child is encouraged to reach their full potential, recognising that they are unique individuals with valuable contributions to make. We provide an exciting, broad and challenging learning experience that sparks their curiosity and supports their growth.
Our dedicated and experienced staff members are committed to providing an enjoyable learning environment within a safe and stable setting. They work tirelessly to inspire and support the students throughout their educational journey.
We believe in the importance of fostering strong partnerships between the school and parents. We actively promote confidence and engagement, recognising the vital role parents play in their children's learning. Together, we work towards the shared goal of supporting and nurturing the development of each child.
At Gulf English School, we are dedicated to providing a high-quality education that empowers our students to become lifelong learners and responsible global citizens. We invite you to join our community and be part of the exciting journey of learning and growth at our school.
Ms Layla Smyth
Hello, my name is Ms Layla Smyth. I am one of the Deputy Heads of Primary and the Head of Key Stage 2 which 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 schools as a class teacher. I have gained experience teaching in Year 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Deputy Head of KS2
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, the teaching staff and I 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 to move into Secondary School with a wealth of knowledge, confidence and resilience.
Ms Ruhi Prasher
Deputy Head for KS1
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.
Mr Paul Luijting
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 Deputy Head with a focus on Pastoral in addition to my position as Business Teacher.
After my education in mechanical engineering and business management, I started my own company and that is how I came into contact with Kuwait. After obtaining the necessary papers, I have chosen to enthuse the youth, our future, for entrepreneurship as a Business Teacher. Making progress together as a Team gives me satisfaction.
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 Deputy Head of Secondary to Mr McGrath - tasked with developing academia at GES.
Mr Hamaad Shah
Deputy Head of Secondary - Academic