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Message from our Principal


How effective, successful and happy a school community is, will be influenced by a range of factors – the key determinant being the quality of leadership.

As Principal of DESS and DESC, and working with two experienced and talented senior leadership teams, Andrew Gibbs is a highly knowledgeable educator and strategic leader. He exudes an energy and enthusiasm for education in general and specifically DESS and DESC.  He has a proven track record of leading school improvement and is very much a proud facilitator of all that students and staff achieve at DESS and DESC (DESSC). Mr Gibbs believes that great schools are derived from great staff; for this reason he acknowledges that of all the various aspects of his role, the most crucial of all is being able to find great teachers and build dynamic teams of educators and school leaders. With great staff comes great teaching. This is the expectation in both of our schools at all levels.

As the first Principal of DESSC, Mr Gibbs is very honoured and proud to be leading two schools which are at the very centre of the educational landscape of Dubai; both are highly regarded and heavily over-subscribed. DESS, the oldest British curriculum school in Dubai and sister school DESC, in its 10th anniversary year, came together in 2014 under the umbrella of a Principal. Bringing both schools closer together in the next chapter of their development provides seamless 3-18 education and opportunities for our young people.


About our Principal
Andrew Gibbs joined DESC in 2011 as Headteacher and has overseen the most recent developments at the College including three outstanding DSIB Inspections. He was appointed as Principal from 1st September 2014.

Andrew studied History at the University of Manchester. Upon graduation in the late 1980s, he worked in the City of London: on the money markets as a trader for the Bank of Japan. Two years later he pursued a career in teaching and duly completed his PGCE. Since successfully completing his teaching qualification, Andrew has worked at schools in Stockport, Doha, Bury and Wilmslow, before his appointment as Headteacher at DESC. He has enjoyed a variety of different roles in the schools he has worked in and, collectively, it has constituted a good grounding for leadership.

Andrew Gibbs, BA (Hons)