The Cheltenham Team

Outstanding Staff

Cheltenham Muscat has recruited an outstanding team of school leaders and teachers to be the driving force for the school’s success. Our staff are committed to the Cheltenham ethos, high levels of achievement and the well-being and care of every Cheltenham Muscat pupil.

All our teachers have UK recognised teaching qualifications and significant experience in their respected subject areas. These teachers are complemented by a team of specially qualified and experienced Arabic, Islamic Studies and Social Studies teachers.

A comprehensive induction process will ensure that all staff are ready from the very first day they start to teach at the school, and ongoing professional development ensures that Cheltenham Muscat staff are able to deliver the very best possible education for each child.

Executive Leadership Team

Oona Carlin

Executive Principal

Oona Carlin is the Director of Education for Edureach. Oona has a wide and varied Experience in Education over the past 28 years. Oona’s most recent position was Principal of King’s College Doha, one of the schools in our group. Oona spent three years in Doha and successfully led the school through the pandemic, undoubtedly the most challenging period ever in education. During this time and despite these challenges, the school’s reputation for being caring, child-centred and focused on providing every pupil with an excellent all-round education went from strength to strength. Oona’s outstanding leadership resulted in King’s College Doha achieving the highest possible Qatar National School Accreditation award in June 2022. The school was judged to be ‘highly effective’ overall and in every area and is therefore rated as one of the top schools in Qatar.
Prior to this, Oona held leadership positions at prominent UK independent schools, including six years as Head of Ipswich High School and six years as Deputy Head at Putney High School. Oona has also gained international experience, working in Colombia at The English School Bogota. As a Biochemistry graduate from Imperial College, London; Oona started her career as a science teacher and relishes the opportunity to engage personally with children, parents, and teachers.

Will Armstrong


Sahra Al Sabti

Deputy Principal

Alex Hands

Deputy Head Pastoral

Haylie Saunders

Deputy Head Academic

Leadership Team

Nicola Williams-Jones

Phase Leader EYFS & KG2 Class Teacher

Louise Oliff

Phase Leader G1 & G2 and Grade 1 Class Teacher

Melis Celik

Phase Leader G3 & G4 and Grade 4 Teacher

Benji Snell

Lead Tutor & Phase Leasder G5-G6

Thomas Rosser

Head of IT & Phase Leader G7-G9

Candice Troup

Head of Admissions and Marketing

Ziad Affarah

Head of Finance

Hussam Al Julandani

Head of HR


Jeanine Rosser

KG 1 Class Teacher

Valerie Kremer

KG 1 Class Teacher

Sanah Shah

KG 2 Class Teacher

Maggy Santourian

KG 2 Class Teacher

Sumaiya Al Zadjali

KG Arabic Teacher

Alison Campbell

Grade 1 Class Teacher

Lucy Visser

Grade 2 Class Teacher

Sara Darr

Grade 2 Class Teacher

Umber Janjua

Grade 3 Class Teacher

Suzy Coeshall

Grade 4 Teacher

Rachel Halliday

Class Teacher

Elizabeth Halkon

Class Teacher

Fatma Al Harrasi

Arabic, Islamic Studies and Social Studies Teacher

Fatma Al Maktoumi

Arabic, Islamic Studies and Social Studies Teacher

Mike Simpson

Head of EAL

Claire Blain

Head of English

Mohammed Al Qutaiti

Head of Arabic, Islamic Studies and Social Studies

Dagmara Simpson

Head of Physical Education

Clare Dawson

Head of Music

Sean Williams

Head of Maths

Sheiley Kasule

Maths Teacher

Ben Edwards

Business Studies Teacher

Chris Planchant

Global Perspectives Teacher

Linda Archer

MFL Teacher

Emily Quinlan

English Teacher

Daniel Moss

Science Teacher

Craig Ferris

Physics Teacher

Eleanor Wilson

Art Teacher

Cian McLoughlin

Design & Technology Teacher

Huda Al Derbashi

Islamic Studies Teacher

Hebatullah Ibrahim

Social Studies Teacher

Azza Al Siyabi

Arabic Teacher

Thawra Ahmad

Arabic Teacher

Ibtisam Al Maqabali

Arabic Teacher

Ibtisam Ibrahim

Arabic Teacher

Tatjana Mucalov

Learning Support Teacher

Hebatullah Ibrahim

Social Studies Teacher

Caroline Cobb

PE Teacher

Thomas Cobb

PE Teacher

Muneera Al Manthary

Lab Technician

malmanthary@cheltenhammuscat.comLearning Support Assistant

Wafa Al Balushi

Classroom Assistant

Shahad Al Raisi

Classroom Assistant

Naila Al Mahrouqi

Classroom Assistant

Huria Al Fori

Classroom Assistant

Ghada Al Bataineh

Classroom Assistant

Shaima Al Mujaini

Classroom Assistant

Ikhlas Al Rawahi

Classroom Assistant

Shatha Al Saadi

Classroom Assistant

Ekhlas Al Mamari

Classroom Assistant

Salwa Al Badri

Classroom Assistant

Hanin Abdulsalam

Classroom Assistant

Thuraya Al Salmi

Classroom Assistant

Munira Al Mufargi

Classroom Assistant

Non-Teaching Staff

Michael Visser

Operations Manager

Nadir Al Balushi

Public Relations Officer

Rana Abdelhakim

PA to Oona Carlin and Will Armstrong / Translator

Rhiannon Callaghan

Marketing & Communications Manager

Juhaina Al Raisi

HR Assistant

Jalala Al Shamsi

Librarian and Administrative Assistant

Basma Al Hosni

Admissions & Data Administrator

Budoor Al Farsi

Admissions Assistant

Lubna Al Harthi

Health and Safety Officer

Khawla Al Battshi

Assistant Accountant

Omai Al Balushi

IT Systems Administrator

Marwa Al Shekaili

School Shop Coordinator & Receptionist

Mahmood Al Balushi

Receptionist & Marketing Assistant

Rawia Al Tobi


Raiya Al Rashdi

School Nurse

Aiman Al Balushi