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Welcome to the Head

Why Cheltenham Muscat?

School Day

The Cheltenham Team

Cheltenham Potential

Cheltenham College UK

Uniforms

The Cheltenham Team

Leadership Team

Crispin Dawson

Crispin Dawson

Principal

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.

Dr. Fatima Al Hinai

Dr. Fatima Al Hinai

Vice Principal

Having 20 years of experience in education, Dr. Fatima Al Hinai brings with her a wide range of educational skills. She worked as a teacher, then a high school principal in Oman for nearly 10 years. Dr. Hinai then completed her PhD in educational administration and became a training specialist. Dr. Al Hinai was previously at an international school in Muscat as a vice principal, this has added to her local experience and enriched her capabilities. Being part of Cheltenham Muscat, Dr. Fatima seeks to make students enjoy learning in a safe and healthy environment that encourages them to focus on their studies and follow their passions.
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.

Sze-Ting Lee

Sze-Ting Lee

General Manager

Sze-Ting graduated from Nottingham University with a first-class degree in Industrial Economics, before completing a PGCE and an MA in Educational Leadership. Sze-Ting began her professional journey in the education sector as a secondary school mathematics teacher on the Teach First programme. During her time in teaching, Sze-Ting was appointed Director of her school’s Aim Higher programme, which provided Gifted & Talented students with the support they required to access the country’s best universities. Sze-Ting has an NPQML and she is also a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE); she has delivered consultancy services on Curriculum Development and Teaching & Learning in underperforming schools. Since then she has worked for EduReach, a leading international school owner and operator and have supported with the opening of international schools both in Asia and the Middle East for the past 3 years.

David Nguyen

David Nguyen

Head of STEM

After graduating from McMaster University with a degree in Biology, David obtained his Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto.

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.

Thomas Rosser

Thomas Rosser

Head of IT

Originally from Wales, Thomas graduated from Leeds University in 2008 and completed his PGCE at the University of Wales, Bangor, in 2009. Thomas has taught Computer Science and ICT for 12 years.

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.”

Benji Snell

Benji Snell

Lead Tutor and Head of Physical Education

Benji has worked at both Sandroyd School and more recently Warminster School, as a Housemaster and PE Teacher. Benji has benefitted from working in both a prep and senior school and brings with him a wealth of experience from both these educational settings. Benji has a BSc in Sports Development and a PGCE.

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!

Ziad Affarah

Ziad Affarah

Finance Manager

Originally from Beirut, Ziad graduated from Al-Kafaat University in 2010. He brings over 10 years of experience in finance, spent mostly in British multinational companies and non-profit organisations.

With a passion for improving financial systems and driving out inefficiencies, Ziad believes that customers must remain the focus of any financial transformation initiative.

Aside from his passion for Finance, Ziad enjoys outdoor activities such as camping and water sports. In his spare time, he enjoys creating videos and documenting his travels.

Zoe Snell

Zoe Snell

Head of Admissions

Zoe is pleased to be returning to the Middle East; she was born and grew up in the UAE and has family in Muscat. For the last six years she has worked closely within the UK boarding school system – four years as a houseparent at Sandroyd Prep School in Dorset, then the last two years as part of the Admissions Team at Warminster School in Wiltshire. She is passionate about wellbeing and has been involved with pastoral care and school activities including planning events and orchestrating the extra-curricular productions.

Prior to Sandroyd, Zoe worked for 8 years in event management at Cartier and British Polo Day. She enjoys fashion, art, riding and sailing and cherishes being a Mum to her two children, Archie (5) and Willa (2). Zoe has a degree in Art History.

Academic Team

Louise Oliff

Louise Oliff

KG 2 Teacher

Louise is currently Head of Pre-Prep at Cokethorpe School in Oxfordshire and will be joining Cheltenham Muscat as one of the Pre-Prep teaching staff.

“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.”

Lucy Gould

Lucy Gould

Grade 2 Class Teacher

Lucy comes from Harrogate in the UK and has three years’ experience teaching at Gateways School, a co-educational independent school in the north of England. During her time at Gateways School, Lucy has taught in Reception and Year 2 and is looking forward to teaching Grade 2 at Cheltenham Muscat. She has also held positions as Prep Languages Lead and KS1 Lead for Art and Design Technology.

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

Suaad Al Zaabi

Arabic, Islamic Studies and Social Studies Teacher

Suaad brings over five years of experience in teaching Arabic as a second language for different aged children. She has taught grades from 1 to 6 and has experience in teaching Islamic in English and Social studies in English as well.

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

Rana Abd Alhakim

Translator and Administrator

After graduating from the Faculty of Alsun (Languages) in Egypt, Rana gained her Translation Diploma from the American University in Cairo. She worked as a translator at a newspaper, a teaching assistant for KG2 in a private school and an import manager in a company. Eight years ago, Rana moved to Oman and has since worked as a freelance translator, an administration assistant and translator at a Language Centre, a translator at Al Roya Newspaper, and had the opportunity to translate two books about Renaissance.

“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

Nadir Al Balushi

Public Relations Officer (PRO)

Nadir’s family home is in Old Muscat near HM The Sultan’s Palace, but he now lives in Al Amerat. Before joining Cheltenham Muscat Nadir worked for MJB International in Al Ghubra. As PRO at Cheltenham Muscat, Nadir is the friendly, hospitable Omani face who helps everyone settle in quickly to Muscat. He liaises effortlessly with the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Education, the Royal Omani Police and other government departments. He is proud to be part of the unique concept of bringing 180 years of UK experience in the education sector to Muscat, for the benefit of everyone’s children and future generations.

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.