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Why Cheltenham Muscat?

Cheltenham Potential

The Cheltenham Team

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The Cheltenham Team

Crispin Dawson

Crispin Dawson


Crispin Dawson is the Founding Principal of Cheltenham Muscat. He is passionate about and dedicated to, providing an education that allows each student to flourish. Crispin brings with him many years of teaching experience, most recently as Senior Deputy Head at Cheltenham UK.

Crispin is excited about the opportunity of bringing a British independent school education to Muscat. Education is a high priority in Oman and Cheltenham College offers the best of a British education combined with an international outlook. Crispin believes that Cheltenham Muscat will bring together British nationals living and working in Muscat alongside Omani children who want to experience the very best of a British independent school. The result will be a vibrant and exciting community where everyone can, and will, flourish.

Haylie Saunders

Haylie Saunders

Deputy Head

Haylie has vast senior leadership experience to bring to Cheltenham Muscat, having taught in some of the leading independent schools in the United Kingdom. She has a keen interest in sport and the STEM subjects and is a global ambassador of High-Performance Learning having previously led a staff team in the latest metacognitive teaching and learning practices.

Haylie’s most recent role has been as the Deputy Head (Academic) of St Swithun’s Preparatory School, a prestigious, academic school, where she taught maths and sport. She was previously the Director of Studies at Halstead School in Woking, where she was part of the senior leadership team that successfully prepared pupils for selection into distinguished UK Senior schools.

Rachael Buttress

Rachael Buttress

Head of Pre-Prep

Rachael is joining Cheltenham Muscat directly from Cheltenham College UK, where she has been Head of Pre-Prep at Cheltenham since 2013. Rachael has taught in all year groups from age 3 to age 8, and has been teaching for over 25 years.

“I love seeing children develop from the very start of their time in school.  It is a privilege to be able to help them grow and prosper.  I’ve been teaching for 25 years and therefore I have been able to see children go right through Cheltenham College to complete their A Levels; being part of their journey really makes me proud.”

Rachael believes strongly in creating a caring and secure environment which enables children to thrive and be their creative selves. At Cheltenham UK Rachael built a special community in the Pre-Prep where children learnt to look after each other and treat each other with kindness. With a keen interest in sport Rachael has been the Welfare Officer at Cheltenham Cricket Club, looking after the little cricketers to make sure they have fun and enjoy their sport.

Outstanding Staff

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

All our teachers will have UK recognised teaching qualifications and significant experience in their respected subject areas. This will include a team of qualified and experienced Arabic and Islamic Study teachers. A comprehensive induction process will ensure that all staff are ready from the very first day that the school doors open, and ongoing professional development will ensure that Cheltenham Muscat staff are able to deliver the very best possible education for each child.