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Our leadership team

To ensure our students receive an excellent education, in a happy, positive environment, our leadership team members work together closely and collaboratively. We believe in an open door policy, where our leaders are integrated into the everyday lives of students. In fact, each day our leaders are seen at pick-up and drop-off points, giving parents easy access and the opportunity get to know them.

We’re very excited to welcome new members to the leadership team who all embody the key values and sentiments of AIS.

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Who is part of the team?

Our Academic Leadership Team is led by our Executive Principal. She is joined by our Vice Principal and Head of Secondary, Head of Primary, Head of Foundation Stage and Deputy Head of Primary. We also have a strong Administrative Leadership team which includes our Registrar, Operations Manager, Government Relations Executive and Finance Manager.

With extensive experience in the UK and international schools, our principal has a strong background in promoting bilingual education. Together, our leadership teams work closely and collaboratively to ensure our students receive an excellent education, in a happy, positive environment.

SENIOR LEADERSHIP

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Barbara Lubaczewska - Executive Principal

In April 2015, Barbara joined Amity as the Founding Principal, and now just a few short years later, she is currently the Executive Principal. Under her leadership, Amity International School quickly achieved a Band A rating in its first ADEK inspection and successfully established itself as a highly regarded community school. Known for her warm personality, you’ll find Barbara at the school gate every morning during drop-offs, chatting to parents and welcoming students. 

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In April 2015, Barbara joined Amity as the Founding Principal, and now just a few short years later, she is currently the Executive Principal. Under her leadership, Amity International School quickly achieved a Band A rating in its first ADEK inspection and successfully established itself as a highly regarded community school. Known for her warm personality, you’ll find Barbara at the school gate every morning during drop-offs, chatting to parents and welcoming students.

Barbara believes in engaging with Amity families to build a thriving community where everyone feels welcome. “Every stakeholder is important in creating a successful school where children are encouraged to flourish. From our students and their families, to our teachers, assistants, academic leaders and our team of dedicated support staff, we all have a vital role to play in keeping our school a happy, warm and safe place to learn.’’

Prior to joining Amity, Barbara was an accomplished leader, who held international and UK Headship positions in both established and new schools, and was also a trained school inspector.

She is committed to providing continuous learning opportunities for her staff to ensure they are equipped with the latest knowledge and skills to help their students thrive.

“In a constantly changing world, all our staff are encouraged to be lifelong enquirers and learners, just as we encourage our students to be.”

In her spare time, Barbara loves to walk. In fact, she has trekked across many continents and has completed charity walks in India and the UK to support ChildLine and WaterAid.

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Adrian Frost - Founding Head of Secondary and Vice Principal

In September 2017, Adrian Frost became the founding Head of Secondary and Vice Principal. He was previously the Deputy Head Master and Vice Principal of Brighton College, Abu Dhabi for three years. Prior to emigrating to Abu Dhabi, he held management positions at some of the world’s leading academic and celebrated schools, including St Paul’s Girls School, London, Magdalen College School, Oxford and Brighton College, UK.

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In September 2017, Adrian Frost became the founding Head of Secondary and Vice Principal. He was previously the Deputy Head Master and Vice Principal of Brighton College, Abu Dhabi for three years. Prior to emigrating to Abu Dhabi, he held management positions at some of the world’s leading academic and celebrated schools, including St Paul’s Girls School, London, Magdalen College School, Oxford and Brighton College, UK.

In 2014, he left his home in leafy Berkshire where he was Director of Scholarship at Bradfield College to move to Abu Dhabi with his wife and two children. Just like us, he believes Education is something done ‘with’ our students not ‘to’ them.

“Amity is a remarkable place. Students thrive here because they are curious, enthused and actively involved in their learning, both within and outside the classroom. In order to thrive both personally and professionally, educators need not only to help students to be literate, numerate and articulate, but also creative, adaptable, possessing of independent thought and self-governance.”

Adrian has a diverse range of interests, including rugby and sailing. However, his chief passion is music. Having previously held the post of Academical Clerk during his undergraduate years at Magdalen College, Oxford University, where he graduated with honours in Biological Sciences, Adrian has had the privilege of singing at various prestigious venues around the world and has recorded and performed for radio, film and television with a range of vocal ensembles. His passion for arts and education has undoubtedly followed him to Amity, where he believes in developing an all-round learner.    

“Students must be given the opportunity to develop the technological, global and emotional literacy required in their later studies and careers. Most importantly though, we culture a relaxed, family feel in the school to promote the happiness and resilience that is fundamental for success, and this culture is core to our school ethos.”

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Elaine Le Gros - Head of Primary

Elaine joined Amity Abu Dhabi in January 2018, with 30 years of teaching experience. She’s been Head Teacher of a successful school in the UK for the last 10 years. Elaine is a trained Ofsted inspector and a National College Local Leader of Education. Having taught across the UK and abroad, she is passionate about pursuing excellence for all children.

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Elaine joined Amity Abu Dhabi in January 2018, with 30 years of teaching experience. She’s been Head Teacher of a successful school in the UK for the last 10 years. Elaine is a trained Ofsted inspector and a National College Local Leader of Education. Having taught across the UK and abroad, she is passionate about pursuing excellence for all children.

“I pursued this position at Amity as I fully endorse the values the school follows and believe I can make a valuable contribution to achieving these aims for your child.

It is a privilege and a pleasure to be part of a child’s learning journey and it is vital that schools work in partnership with parents. Parents know their children best and together we can work collaboratively to achieve the best for every child in our care.”

Elaine is eager to establish lifelong learners while nurturing children’s social and emotional development to become successful, well-rounded adults.

“I believe children’s interests should be developed, and the wealth of opportunities for a broad and balanced curriculum at Amity provides exciting opportunities for children to grow emotionally, intellectually and socially.”

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Julie Engles - Head of Foundation Stage

Julie Engles is the Head of Foundation Stage at Amity International School. Julie lived in Abu Dhabi for over 35 years with her parents before leaving. However, her connection and love for the UAE and the educational community, brought her back in 2014 with her husband and five children. Julie joins us with BA Honours degrees in History and Psychology from the University of Nottingham in the UK. She’s a member of the British Psychological Society and has a PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status from the UK Department for Education. .

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Julie Engles is the Head of Foundation Stage at Amity International School. Julie lived in Abu Dhabi for over 35 years with her parents before leaving.  However, her connection and love for the UAE and the educational community, brought her back in 2014 with her husband and five children.

Julie joins us with BA Honours degrees in History and Psychology from the University of Nottingham in the UK. She’s a member of the British Psychological Society and has a PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status from the UK Department for Education.

Her experience working with children outside of education is invaluable to Amity. Julie was also appointed a safeguarding role by the Scottish Executive to the National Children’s Hearing System, which she held for five years.

“I have been passionately involved in Early Years education for over 10 years, working in settings in both the UK and the UAE. Before joining Amity International School, I was Head of Early Years at another British Curriculum school in Abu Dhabi.”

Like AIS, Julie believes FS1 and FS2 play a unique and crucial role in education.

“In the Foundation Stage, we are building lifelong skills and it is a very exciting and dynamic place to be! It is our hope that learning begins here and never ends. Of course, this incredible work cannot be done without the support of our parents. All of us in the Foundation Stage team look forward to working in partnership with you and welcoming your family to our friendly and supportive learning community.” 

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