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Our Team

At Reach British School, we are proud to say that we only recruit teaching staff with a passion for lifelong learning and the desire to share that passion with children, colleagues and the community.

Our teachers are native English speakers, with UK and international school experience.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Safe recruitment practices, pre-employment background checks, and police checks are undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

Dene Bright

Principal

Dene Bright

Principal

Prior to choosing to join Reach British School, I spent over 30 years working in education in a variety of locations and positions. These include primary classroom teacher, Education Advisor, Leadership Consultant, Principal and Vice Principal in both rural and metropolitan schools. I have had the opportunity to work in Abu Dhabi, as well as Egypt, Africa, Qatar, Fiji, Canada, Saudi Arabia and schools across Western Australia.

My most recent position was head of a British School in Cairo, a fantastic school with wonderful staff and vibrant, fascinating city.  Reach British School lured me away with the prospect of returning to Abu Dhabi where I previously worked as part of an ADEC school reform project.

I have a son and a daughter who keep me young and focused on what today’s students need for the future workforce.  I’ll have to work hard to find time to add to my list of 56

Johannes Bodenstein

Vice Principal

Johannes Bodenstein

Vice Principal

I started my teaching career in 1996 in South Africa and moved to the Middle East with my wife and two daughters in 2006. I have worked as a middle and senior school leader in several countries that include Syria, Oman, Qatar and the UAE. I bring 21 years of experience to the Reach education table. My expertise lies in a wide range of schools with a goal of raising academic standards.  I am passionate about teaching and learning and believe that setting high expectations for students can lead to outstanding achievements. All students are capable of learning and can reach their full potential if we work together as a team to support them. I am very excited to be part of the senior Leadership Team at Reach British School and look forward to working with students, parents and staff.

Matthew Croasdell

Head of Secondary

Matthew Croasdell

Head of Secondary

Born and raised in the North West of England, I’m a father of two boys, aged 1 and 2. I have recently taken up running, competing in a number of half marathons and the London Marathon 2018. I’m a keen football fan and often play (casually) in a weekly get together. Other hobbies include Golf and Scrabble. My biggest interest, however, is spending time with my children.

My Bachelor’s Degree was Mathematics with Management at the University of Liverpool and I have a Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Secondary Mathematics. I taught in both comprehensive and private schools in the UK before moving to Qatar originally to take up a post as a mathematics teacher in a private school there. I then moved to the UAE to take up a post as Head of Mathematics at Emirates National School, MBZ. During my seven years there I had a number of

Andrew Du Lieu

Head of Primary

Andrew Du Lieu

Head of Primary

Andrew grew up in Poole, on the south coast of the United Kingdom. He studied at Winchester University, where he completed a four year course in BA Hons in Primary Education with a specialism in Design and Technology. With a career in education spanning 18 years, Andrew has developed his knowledge of curriculum and assessment both in the UK and UAE, carefully adapting learning opportunities to meet the context and needs of the students.

He has taken on a range of leadership positions, most recently as founding Head of Primary at a new school in Abu Dhabi and is excited to be joining Reach British School as the Head of Primary. He strongly believes that each student has their own journey, developing skills and knowledge to engage in an ever changing world as global citizens.

Andrew enjoys working with a team of educators to enhance learning opportunities for students, ensuring high quality

Osama Elsayed

Head of Islamic and Social Studies

Osama Elsayed

Head of Islamic and Social Studies

Before joining Reach British School, I worked as a department manager, teacher of Islamic education and Social Studies in several schools inside and outside the country. As head of Islamic and Social Studies Department at Reach British School, I look forward to developing a team of teachers who will be able to raise a generation who  respect the leaders of the nation, the traditions and laws of our country and soon to be the leaders of the future who serve their countries in international forums

Ghadeer Al Kharoof

Head of Arabic

Ghadeer Al Kharoof
Ghadeer Al Kharoof

Ghadeer Al Kharoof

Head of Arabic

I am Ghadeer Al Kharoof from Jordan. I have a BSc in Arabic Literature and a Diploma Certificate in Teaching from Abu Dhabi University. I worked as an Arabic language teacher in Jordan, then as the Head of Arabic Department, and primary school vice principal.

I have also taught Arabic Language for Arab and non-Arab students, and worked as a coordinator for the Arabic, Islamic and Social Studies Department in different private schools.

Liénta Buys

Phase Leader Foundation Stage

Liénta Buys

Phase Leader Foundation Stage

Liénta was born and bred in Johannesburg, Gauteng Province of sunny South Africa. She studied at the University of Johannesburg, where in 1983 she completed a four-year degree in Library Science and Education, B.BIBL (Ed) and in 1985 an Honours Degree in Education, B.ED Hons. In 1987 at the University of South Africa, Liénta attained her Post Graduate Higher Diploma in Education, specialising in Pre-Primary Education. She attained an ACE/CIE (Advanced Certificate in Education: Computer Integrated Education) from the University of Pretoria in 2004, Cum Laude. Liénta received a special merit award from the university since she performed the best in her class.

She is a very proud and grateful single parent to her two adult sons, Jean and Armand, who are still living and working in Pretoria, South Africa.

She has been dedicated to the field of education for more than thirty years. Her teaching experience ranges from early years through

Huw Fifield

Head of Inclusion

Huw Fifield

Head of Inclusion

Although originally from Wales, Huw lived in Birmingham, UK for over twenty years. His educational qualifications include an MAEd (Linguistics) and a Diploma in SpLD (Dyslexia). Huw has experience in both the primary and secondary sectors as a SENCO/English Teacher and is passionate about using a wide variety of methods to help students, native and non-native, who sometimes find learning a struggle.

Huw shares Reach’s ambition to help students exceed academic and personal expectations so that they become successful and happy individuals. Working with students and staff from a variety of cultural backgrounds is an exciting and enriching experience.

Huw has various hobbies which includes sports such as weight training, recreational swimming, a bit of cycling, touch rugby and walking. In his spare time, he also reads a lot of non-fiction and enjoys meditation.  Huw also loves to cook and eat Indian food.

Layla Keylani

Finance and Administration Manager

Layla Keylani

Finance and Administration Manager

Before joining Reach, I had 15 years of experience in finance and advisory services in various industries, of which eight years were as a finance manager after earning my CMA.

I joined Reach British School September 2015 in its second year of operation. I have witnessed the impressive progress this young school is achieving and I’m proud to be part of the hard working and dedicated team at Reach, who are targeting excellence in all aspects of teaching, learning and caring. Myself with all my other colleagues in administration department are happy to be supporting both our educational team and valuable pupil’s parents, to see our students well equipped by Reach for their bright future.

Clare D’Souza

Human Resources Manager

Clare D’Souza

Human Resources Manager

Clare is a certified and experienced senior HR professional with comprehensive human resources and finance experience including recruitment and retention, conflict resolution, change management, labor relations and benefits administration.  She has over four years of management experience and worked with a leading university in Abu Dhabi for over 11 years.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children and cooking.