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Our Teachers

We employ excellent, native English speaking teachers from around the world, all qualified to teach the British Curriculum. Each of them promote critical thinking and self-reflection in a caring and stimulating environment. Thanks to our teachers, your child is guaranteed an outstanding education, based on inspirational teaching and the commitment to develop a strong community.

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Our teachers continue to grow

Studies show that students learn more when their teachers are also learning. That’s why we provide our faculty and staff with a variety of professional development opportunities for their continued professional growth.

Our Team

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Matthew Pollock - Assistant Head - Co-Curricular

“I graduated from a university in Manchester with a BA (Hons) degree in secondary physical education.  My teaching career began in Yorkshire, England. Before joining Amity I was the Head of PE at Al Bateen Academy, Abu Dhabi.” 

Matt is passionate about sports and aims to provide the students with the opportunity to access a range of sports throughout the year.

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“I graduated from a university in Manchester with a BA (Hons) degree in secondary physical education. My teaching career began in Yorkshire, England. Before joining Amity I was the Head of PE at Al Bateen Academy, Abu Dhabi.” 

Matt is passionate about sports and aims to provide the students with the opportunity to access a range of sports throughout the year.

“I always aim to ensure the students enjoy PE and sport in a safe and encouraging environment. I’d like to raise their expectations beyond what they perceive as their potential. I want to see AIS competing in a range of activities against those in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and beyond.”

Matt is joined by his wife and son, and as a family, they value health and fitness. He loves all sorts of sports including running and golfing. Like a true PE Coach, there isn’t a sport he doesn’t enjoy coaching.

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Jennifer Connell - Assistant Head - Secondary (Academic)

Jennifer Connell, who graduated from Warwick University with a BA (hons) degree in English and Comparative Literature, joins us in September to support and further the academic progress of our pupils in the senior school.

“I am thrilled to be part of the dynamic team at Amity International as Academic Assistant Head of Senior School, as well as a member of the thriving English department.”

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Jennifer Connell, who graduated from Warwick University with a BA (hons) degree in English and Comparative Literature, joins us in September to support and further the academic progress of our pupils in the senior school.

“I am thrilled to be part of the dynamic team at Amity International as Academic Assistant Head of Senior School, as well as a member of the thriving English department.”

Before moving to the Middle East, Jennifer spent over ten years working schools in London, teaching English to years 7-13 as well as directing plays leading a literary society and developing a local outreach programme.

“Having met some of the sparky students at Amity, I’m excited for future adventures (literary and otherwise!) with pupils both within and beyond the classroom in this flourishing, diverse and friendly community.” 

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Elizabeth Hewitt - Assistant Head - Secondary (Pastoral)

Elizabeth’s teaching career has been focused on teaching psychology and developing the wellbeing of the pupils in her care.  As a pastoral leader for five years in schools in both the UK and Abu Dhabi, she has a passion for ensuring that every child is empowered and enabled to reach their potential.

After studying Law LLB (Hons) at Liverpool John Moores University in 2001, Elizabeth travelled around the world for 18 months and taught in Cambodia, Italy and later in Sri Lanka.

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Elizabeth’s teaching career has been focused on teaching psychology and developing the wellbeing of the pupils in her care.  As a pastoral leader for five years in schools in both the UK and Abu Dhabi, she has a passion for ensuring that every child is empowered and enabled to reach their potential.

After studying Law (Llb (Hons) at Liverpool John Moores University in 2001, Elizabeth travelled around the world for 18 months and taught in Cambodia, Italy and later in Sri Lanka. She realised that teaching was her vocation in life and completed a University Certificate in Psychology and a PGCE at St’ Martin’s College, Lancaster. Whilst teaching she also qualified as a PSHE teacher at Edge Hill in Ormskirk in 2005 and completed up to level 3 as an intergrative counsellor with the CPCAB in 2016.  

“I truly believe that a pupil’s well-being is paramount to their success in school and in later life. School should be a happy, safe place where pupils can be confident enough to be themselves and feel supported in their journey into adulthood.”

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Siobhan Pearce - Head of Inclusion

Lynne Thompson - Deputy Head - Primary

Bobby O'Connor - Assistant Head - Primary

Donna Walsh - Assistant Head - Primary

Donna is joining Amity International School in September as Assistant Head Teacher for Key Stage One.  Prior to joining us, Donna held a similar role in an Infant School in the UK where she designed a curriculum encouraging independent learning from an early age.  

“I whole-heartedly believe that the teaching of young children should provide inspiration, imagination and enjoyment and that every interest can be turned into a learning opportunity.”

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Donna is joining Amity International School in September as Assistant Head Teacher for Key Stage One.  Prior to joining us, Donna held a similar role in an Infant School in the UK where she designed a curriculum encouraging independent learning from an early age.  

“I whole-heartedly believe that the teaching of young children should provide inspiration, imagination and enjoyment and that every interest can be turned into a learning opportunity.”

Donna is moving to Abu Dhabi with her husband and daughter and is very much looking forward to meeting everyone.

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Our Parent Teacher Association

We believe parent involvement is important to build the social spirit of the Amity community.

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Campus & facilities

We have unique, state-of-the-art facilities to ensure your child has everything they need to thrive.

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Parents have their say

Find out what parents, from various nationalities, have to say about Amity International School.

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