Ciaran Cunningham-Watson, FCCT
Head of Secondary
Mr. Ciaran Cunningham-Watson BA MA (Hons) PGCE FCCT joins GEMS Founders School, Dubai with over 20 years of educational experience, including headships in international schools in the UK, Spain, Mexico, China and the UAE. Originally from Belfast, he qualified as a teacher in England and has taught History and Politics, led academic departments, had senior leadership positions in schools and has coached Football, Golf and Tennis in state and independent sectors and in boarding schools in the UK. He was previously a course Tutor for the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) and is currently a Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and PENTA international school inspector, as well as a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. He is married to Zoe, who is an English teacher and they have three children together. Mr. Ciaran’s main interests revolve around spending time with his family, but he also likes to cook, read, play golf and listen to a wide variety of music.