British Boarding Schools Show Seminar




With one of the world’s highest concentrations of international schools, Dubai has long been coveted by arriving ex-pats for its educational offerings. The last decade has seen rapid-growth in the number of international schools in UAE; indeed there are over 280 private international schools in Dubai alone. What unique opportunities do they offer and how does a Dubai education compare with its British counterpart?


Helen Harrison

Helen HarrisonBefore becoming Head, Helen was Deputy Head at Fettes College for the previous 12 years and a teacher of Geography since 1996.

Her experience within the independent education sector spans teaching, pastoral care and leadership. She is committed to providing an excellent all-round education for each student whilst ensuring they appreciate the privilege of being taught in one of the UK’s finest co-educational schools.

Outside of Fettes, she spends quality time with her family and dogs making the most of the great Scottish outdoors.

Zoe Woolley

Jo WoolleyHead of Foremarke School Dubai, Mrs. Woolley started her teaching career as a Primary School Teacher in East London after graduating from university with a B.Ed. (Hons) in Mathematics and Education. She then spent a few years at The British School in Riyadh where she taught mathematics from years 5 to 9. On her return to the UK, Mrs. Woolley moved into management roles in both state and independent schools, including five years as a Head of a Junior School. During this time Mrs. Woolley gained an MSc in Educational Management and Curriculum.

The opportunity to lead a larger team brought her to Repton Dubai where she led mathematics in the Junior School and later became Head of the Infant Department. Mrs. Woolley has been at Foremarke Dubai since December 2015 and is currently the Headmistress.

Rebecca Tear

Rebecca TearBex Tear is currently in her eighth year as Head of Badminton School, Bristol. Previously, she spent several happy years at Wycombe Abbey, firstly as resident Head of Sixth Form and more latterly as Senior Deputy Head. Prior to that, she enjoyed seven years at St. George’s, Ascot, where she held several academic and pastoral responsibilities.

She read Chemistry at Exeter University, before undertaking a PGCE at The Institute of Education, London, where she also completed an MA in Educational Leadership. She recently completed her Mindfulness in School Project b. Teaching Certificate. She has also just completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship at The Judge Business School, Cambridge University. These studies fuel her interest and engagement in staff CPD, mentoring and innovation.

Bex is passionate about helping pupils to develop a broad and balanced set of skills and interests. She is equally supportive and understanding of boarding; not only has she run a Sixth Form Boarding House, but she has boarded herself, as have her sons, so she appreciates it from several perspectives.

In addition, Bex holds the position of Governor on the Board of two co-ed independent schools. She is a member of the BSA Non-Executive Committee, including the BSA Management Committee and will be Chair in 2021. Bex is also a member of the GSA Boarding Committee and acts as a mentor to new GSA Heads.