Welcome to the Head
Why Cheltenham Muscat?
The Cheltenham Team
Cheltenham College UK
The Cheltenham Team
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 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.
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.
Head of STEM
Having a passion for travel, David moved to England where he has been teaching science, maths and computing for nine years to students aged 11-18. He was appointed as Head of Science Faculty, completed the Outstanding Teacher Programme, became a GCSE and A Level Examiner (AQA) as well as obtaining the National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML).
Having a commitment to supporting students outside of the classroom, he has led chess clubs, helped students complete the British Science Association’s CREST Award and supported students in obtaining their Duke of Edinburgh Award. Being active is a passion of his, and he is looking forward to trying new things in Oman like ‘Wadi Bashing’, but also continuing his love of rock climbing and bouldering.
Continuing his travels in Oman and meeting the students of Cheltenham Muscat is the next stage of his exciting journey.
Head of IT
Thomas has both highly successful and extensive International teaching experience, having taught IT and Computer Science to all abilities and age-groups, up to and including iGCSE and A Level.
Aside from his passion for Computing and Technology, Thomas enjoys sports, mainly Rugby, Football and Golf. In his spare time he enjoys world-wide travel with his wife and family.
“I am delighted to be part of the Cheltenham Muscat family and I look forward to seeing you all in September to join you on this exciting educational journey.”
KG 2 Teacher
“I am excited at the opportunity of being part of the founding team, as I know that the high academic standards and excellent pastoral care reflect my own educational ethos”
Louise has 18 years of teaching experience across the Primary age range, from 4 to 11 years, and is passionate about early education. Louise truly believes that childhood should be enjoyed, and children who are engaged in their learning will be happy and flourish at school.
Louise is interested in creating a vibrant learning environment and a curriculum that provides broad subject opportunities, along with a little bit of freedom to explore.
“I am so looking forward to getting to know all the new little members of our Cheltenham Muscat family in September.”
Lead Tutor and Head of Physical Education
Eldest of 4 boys from a military family, Benji has spent much of his education boarding in the UK, Cheltenham College being his senior school. His love of pastoral care has seen him enjoy 6 years running boarding houses and thus sets him up for his new role as Lead Tutor at Cheltenham Muscat. Benji is a sportsman at heart, teaching PE and getting the most out of every pupil is what he thrives on. As an Old Cheltonian, Benji is incredibly excited about now helping other OC’s fulfil their potential in Muscat!
Grade 2 Class Teacher
Lucy’s passion lies in languages. She holds a BA Hons in French and Italian from the University of Liverpool and speaks French and Italian to a proficient level. In addition to her role as a class teacher, Lucy also teaches Spanish to Year 1 at Gateways School and has run a number of language-based extra-curricular clubs; something she looks forward to offering at Cheltenham Muscat too.
Suaad Al Zaabi
Arabic, Islamic Studies and Social Studies Teacher
She has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Sultan Qaboos University here in Oman and has taught KG students and was the Arabic Coordinator for the Arabic department in her previous school. She is enthusiastic, extremely passionate about her work and always looking forward to new experiences and opportunities.
“I am delighted to be part of the founding family at Cheltenham Muscat, and I look forward to seeing all of the children in September this year.
Rana Abd Alhakim
Translator and Administrator
“After spending 8 years in Oman, joining the Cheltenham Muscat Family is a new adventure in my career. Being part of the admissions team allows me the opportunity to get to know a lot of wonderful Omani and international families. It gives me great pleasure to help them to choose the best school for their lovely children – Cheltenham Muscat!”
Nadir Al Balushi
Public Relations Officer (PRO)
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.