Our Management

Our teachers and leaders are all passionate about developing each child to be the best that they can be.

Christopher McDermott – Founding Principal

B.Ed (Hons) Cambridge, MA, MBA

Christopher is an experienced school principal, having led British curriculum primary and secondary schools in London and overseas. During his tenure as the Principal of Jumeirah Primary School, here in Dubai, Chris achieved KHDA’s highest rating of Outstanding across three consecutive years. This replicated his success in London where he led his school from Satisfactory straight to Outstanding in consecutive inspections. He is a qualified school inspector and National Leader of Education in England and Wales.

Carrie Hoza – Vice Principal

BSc (Hons), PGCE

Carrie is a passionate, experienced teacher who, for the last ten years, has taught and led in outstanding schools both here in Dubai and in the UK. As a senior leader she has led improvements across a wide range of areas including curriculum development, pastoral care, assessment, teacher coaching and special educational needs. As a teacher Carrie strives to instill intellectual curiosity in her pupils through a holistic approach to education, nurturing each individual child to reach their full potential and enjoy life-long learning.

Craig Dyche-Nichols – Assistant Principal

BSc (Hons)

Craig Dyche-Nichols has been teaching for sixteen years; the last five have been in the UAE. Craig’s previous positions in primary, secondary and through-schools have included Head of Middle School and Vice-Principal. Oaktree Primary School will be the third new school Craig has helped set-up. His philosophy matches that of Oaktree Primary School, to promote creativity, character, excellence and a love for learning for the children in his care. As a leader and a teacher, Craig is passionate about achieving success, not only for individual children, but also for groups of learners, helping them overcome barriers to succeed and always aim high. His main aim is to make Oaktree Primary School truly outstanding.

Daniel Milne – Key Stage 1 Leader

BSc (Hons), PGCE

Daniel is a dedicated and committed teacher and Key Stage 1 leader. He draws on his creative background to build a learning environment that is exciting and inspires children to be great all-round learners. As a teacher Daniel motivates his students to do their best, extending their own personal limits, whilst supporting them to develop their social skills and values and encouraging them to flourish as rounded, inquisitive and confident individuals.

Siobhan Pearce – Key Stage 2 Leader

BA (Hons), PGCE

Siobhan is an outstanding classroom practitioner and Key Stage 2 leader, who, with determination and passion, is committed to ensuring that all children in her care reach their full potential. She does this by ensuring that all children feel safe, are regularly praised, take responsibility for their own learning and understand her high expectation of both behaviour and standards. Siobhan enjoys teaching all subjects and is constantly looking for ways to make learning stimulating, inclusive, cross-curricular and, most importantly, relevant for the 21st Century.