Academy Academy Description ADEK Rating Curricula Location
Al Ain Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding Features English National Curriculum Al Ain
Al Bateen Academy

FS2 - Year 3 PYP Primary School, Year 7-13 Secondary School. Mixed

Very Good English National Curriculum,IB Diploma Programme,IB PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME Abu Dhabi
Al Mamoura Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Girls Only

Good With Very Good Features English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Muna Academy

Primary, Mixed

Outstanding English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Yasmina Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Outstanding English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
The Pearl Academy

Primary, Mixed

Outstanding English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
West Yas Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Good American Massachusetts State Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Forsan Nursery

Nursery Mixed

Not Applicable English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
leadership team

Mr.Jared Nolan


A very warm welcome to our truly remarkable school where students are placed firmly at the centre. We are an exciting, diverse and progressive learning community that annually produces some of the very best iGCSE and A Level results in the UAE. Our globally recognised and admired curriculum, dedicated and passionate practitioners and outstanding teaching and learning, sets us apart from other schools and makes Al Yasmina Academy a very special place to be. 

With grades significantly above UK and global averages, many of our graduating students are offered places at world leading universities however, attainment is only part of the story. In preparing our students with the contemporary skills, attributes and morals needed for their fast-changing, globally connected and uncertain futures, students, from an early age, are guided to take ownership of their own learning, to be curious and to actively participate in real-world learning. From the time our children step into our Early Years we foster their independence and leadership; we encourage them to be enthusiastic and ambitious about their learning, to become life-long learners and to play an active part in in society as ethically informed citizens of Abu Dhabi, the UAE and the world. place where leadership is an inherent part of everything we do, where students lead by example and understand the importance of community and service to the community. 

The best way to understand our school is to see it in action. We are a very proud community and always ready to welcome prospective students and their families through our doors during opening times so please feel free to make an appointment or just call in.

Ms Nikke Alley

Head of Secondary 

Qualified with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A Hons) in 1991 from Liverpool University, went on to complete PGCE and a MSc in Education Management from Manchester University.  Have been teaching for twenty three years now and has been fortunate to have experienced working in many different types of school and I continue to look forward to new opportunities in leadership.

My teaching began in 1992 as teacher of English and Drama at Culcheth High School in Warrington. In my first year I was promoted to Head of Drama. I then went on to develop a new Media Studies Faculty which won numerous awards and was promoted to Assistant Headteacher responsible for Raising Achievement, lead behaviour professional and leading on school improvement. (1992 – 2002)

After securing a National Professional Qualifications in Headship (NPQH), I then moved to Knowsley County Council and took up a permanent post as Deputy Headteacher at Ruffwood Comprehensive for almost three years I held responsibility for Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, Continuous Professional Development and National Strategy. (2002 – 2005)
Over the last seven years been the Deputy Head in two very different schools.  In both schools I have an excellent track record of raising achievement and school improvement. Committed to raising achievement I am passionate about learning and teaching and motivating students to achieve their true potential.  I led the design of a brand new £24 million build as part of Building Schools for the Future (BSF) and led several Salford schools in this initiative.  (2005-2009)
I believe that a good education is far more than excellent examination results. Although these are crucial they must be underpinned with the correct skills and attributes to succeed in an ever changing world. I feel I have made numerous contributions at Al Yasmina, raising the standards of learning and teaching, developing effective CPD for staff, introducing and being involved in the implementation of a PLP across Aldar, introducing lead learners, coaching and leading by example in every aspect of leadership and management on a daily basis. Key improvements for next year are Arabic, QWF and effective curriculum design to meet the needs of all learners.

I spend my spare time with my three sons, (two at Al Yasmina) watching them play football and following my favourite team Liverpool FC.

Mrs Samantha Pyper

Assistant Principal 

Assistant Principal – Curriculum and Achievement (September 2018 to Present). Responsible for creating the Whole School Timetable, Data Management and Curriculum Design (Secondary), Curriculum Compliance, Extra Curricular Activities and Reporting Procedures. 

After qualifying with a BA in English Literature and Educational Studies from Keele University, (Staffordshire in 2009) I began my PGCE in English at King’s College London. I completed my NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) at Haverstock School, in North West London in 2010, where I taught English Literature and Language from years 7 to 13. Whilst teaching, I continued my education and completed my MA in Sociolinguistics in 2014 also at King’s College. In the UK I held a position of responsibility for Head of English Literature (KS5), as well as leading and participating in a number of research based working parties. I completed six years of service at Haverstock School and will be forever grateful for the young people I worked with and the experiences it afforded me.  

In 2015 my husband and I decided to look wider than the borough of Camden, where we had both worked for so long, and that decision brought us to Al Yasmina Academy in 2015. I joined Al Yasmina as Assistant Head of English, with responsibility for KS3. My continuing interest in educational research allowed me my first SLT appointment of Associate Assistant Principal for Teaching & Learning, in 2016. Through this role I was able to experience on a much larger scale, the challenges of planning whole school projects. I was lucky to be a part of the team that created and delivered John Hattie’s Visible Learning Initiative to Al Yasmina. In May of 2018 I was appointed to my current role as AP for Curriculum and Achievement.  

The transaction of knowledge that takes place in a classroom is an incredibly special and treasured experience – not just for the student but for the teacher as well. It is our responsibility to ensure that every child feel empowered enough to take risks and that every teacher feel confident in doing the same.

Bearing this in mind, the key improvements for this academic year is the launch and embedding of Learner Traits – we are asking of ourselves  (as teachers) and our students ‘What kind of learner are you?’, ‘Are you a  Motivated, Resilient or Passive Learner?’, ‘How does this affect the progress you make in school?’. Our vision is that students, teachers and parents will work together to enable the best possible outcomes – in life, in the community and in examinations - for our children. 


Mr Nick Washbrook

Assistant Principal

In 2000, I graduated from The University of Manchester with a degree in Acting Studies and spent the first 5 years of my professional life working as an actor. During this time, I found I had a passion for drama within school and its impact on young people. In 2006 I went back to university to study my PGCE in Secondary Drama teaching. After graduating, I completed my first year of teaching in Derby which was a fantastic learning opportunity. In 2007, I was appointed Head of Drama and then Deputy Curriculum Leader for PE and The Creative Arts at a school in Runcorn where I remained for 6 years.

Al Yasmina Academy is my first international position and one where i have moved into Senior Leadership.

Living in Abu Dhabi has provided my wife and I with many wonderful memories so far, one of which was the birth of our first child in November 2016.

I am a keen cricketer and are a founding member of Abu Dhabi Gentleman’s Cricket Club who play their home fixtures at Emirates Palace.

Ms Jennie Kellett

Assistant Principal

After completing my Geography degree at the University of Derby in 1996 I decided I wanted to combine my love of the world with working with children so in 1998 I embarked on a new journey and trained to be a teacher of Geography at the University of Leeds; 18 years later I am still driven by the same underlying factor – I want to make a difference.

My first school, Hatfield Visual Arts College, in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, gave me many leadership opportunities including being Head of Upper School with responsibility for all aspects of pastoral and achievement, Head of Humanities and lead teacher for raising boys achievement across the school. Then in 2009 my journey brought me here to the UAE, joining Al Yasmina as Head of Humanities in 2011 and then being promoted to Assistant Principal in 2015. During my time at Al Yasmina I have contributed to developing teaching and learning with a child centred approach.

Over the years, having held responsibilities for curriculum, pastoral and now teaching and learning, I truly understand the importance of developing the whole child. For me education is the key to success and this success is enveloped by a growth mindset where learning is at the heart of everything we do. With this philosophy in mind there is no ceiling to learning, no limit to success and no cap to achievement; learning truly is an exciting journey of discovery for all.

Beyond my responsibilities across the academy I enjoy spending time and building memories with my young son as he explores the world for the first time. Becoming a mother has allowed me the time to reflect on the preciousness of life and the importance, we as adults, play in a child’s life.


Ms Sarah Griffiths

Head of Primary

I have been teaching for over 22 years, and within that time I have seen the role of the teacher evolve as new practises come into play. What hasn't changed for me however, is the necessity for school/teachers to recognise that the school environment plays a major role in the social and emotional competence and wellbeing of children.

I recognise the importance of pastoral care within schools, and delight in the fact that I play a part in this development of children. 

Traditionally, definitions of pastoral care have been associated with the fostering of children’s moral welfare and values of mutual respect through extra-curricular activities, however we now recognise that today the health and wellbeing of students is attributed to school conditions, school relationships, means of fulfilment, and health status. With this in mind, pastoral care at Al Yasmina Academy has taken on a more inclusive function, being seen as inextricably linked with academic curriculum and the structural organisation of the school, thereby promoting: students’ personal and social development and fostering positive attitudes: through the quality of teaching and learning; through the nature of relationships amongst students, teachers and adults other than teachers; through specific pastoral and support systems; and through extra-curricular activities and the school ethos.

As a mother to four children myself, I am of course eager for my children to attain the best that they can academically- but the importance of pastoral support in establishing life long practices can not be ignored. Promoting mental and physical well being, developing resilience leading to autonomy and a sense of purpose and future, all supports enhancing the academic progress a child can make. Pastoral care at Al Yasmina is an area of strength and consistently receives the highest grading with ADEK inspections. It is an area that I feel passionate about and that all staff invest in.

Holly Gibbs

With a passion for sport and the arts, in 2002 I studied a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science at Loughborough University. During this time, I competed Internationally for Great Britain at the sport of Triathlon and became a professional athlete on the completion of my degree. Alongside this, I undertook an MSc in Marketing and Management and when injury forced an early retirement from the sport, I began working in Marketing for a large multinational company in London in 2006.

It was not long before I embarked on a career in teaching as I wanted to inspire children with the opportunities that I had received as a child. I returned to Leicestershire and trained to become a teacher as part of the Graduate Teacher Programme. My first role as a qualified teacher was in the first UK academy, Durand Academy in Brixton, London. As a Primary School with 1000 students, I instantly enjoyed working in a large school due to the diverse opportunities it provided for all children. Here, I taught across both Key Stages of the two schools and undertook leadership roles in the early stages of my career as Head of Year, Head of Subject, Head of Key Stage and the Assistant Head of School. Responsibilities had a large focus on the pastoral system, teaching and learning, the induction process as well as school improvement.

In 2014 I moved from the UK to Dubai and joined GEMS Wellington International School where I developed my love of teaching and leadership further. In 2016, I was appointed within the company as the Assistant Principal of GEMS FirstPoint School, an exciting challenge in a school in its infancy. In this role I had the opportunity to build, embed and shape the development of the school. As a 3-18 through school, I particularly enjoyed designing programmes and curriculum to develop the skills of students through every phase and transition of their journey to become adults. My main roles of responsibility included creating a pastoral system that ran through all phases of the school alongside the implementation of curriculum design, adaptation and the development of all subjects.

My philosophy of education is for students to be all rounded and learn values and skills through exposure to a variety of situations and experiences. The skills learnt through the arts of sport, music and drama develop vital life skills such as resilience, collaboration, leadership and a strive for excellence and that this enables students to be motivated learners to also succeed in the academics.

It is an exciting time to join the leadership team at Al Yasmina Academy as together we take the school from strength to strength, united in the vision in ensuring the very best opportunities for all students.

Sara Lane

My journey to teaching started in the North East of England where I completed a degree in Primary Education. The first school I worked in, situated in a small English town named Hartlepool, gave me many wonderful opportunities to work with children across the different Key Stages of the primary school. It was here that I discovered my passion for sharing stories with the students and teaching them the skills they needed to get lost in a great book. My love of this aspect of teaching led to my first leadership position when I took on the role of the Primary Subject Leader for Reading. Having the chance to drive this important curriculum area was something that ignited my desire to take on more leadership opportunities throughout my career. I found that leadership roles allowed me to make changes that impacted the learning of a much wider group of students beyond my usual class, helping me to make a real difference to the school experience and outcomes of children across the school.


In 2014 I decided to combine my love of teaching and travel and make the move to the U.A.E. My first five years in this country were spent in a large international school in Dubai. During my time in Dubai I had the privilege of teaching children from all around the world and getting to know all about their different cultures and ways of life. I also became the Subject lead for English, and later the Director of Key Stage 1.


In 2019 I was given the opportunity to become the Assistant Principal for Primary at Al Yasmina Academy. This was a move that I was very keen to make knowing that Al Yasmina is a school with an excellent reputation and incredibly high standards. I have thoroughly enjoyed leading on all pastoral aspects of the primary students’ education. I firmly believe that in order to be successful educators we must develop the whole child, focusing on their emotional needs alongside the academics. One of my key priorities is to provide all children with classroom experiences where they feel secure and confident enough to try out new things and make mistakes, as this is an important aspect of the learning process. All children should feel a sense of belonging and a pride in their school, which is always a top priority in everything we do here at Al Yasmina Academy.