John Stapley

Head of Primary

"Hello! I am originally from Preston in the North West of England, and began my teaching career twenty years ago at Junior Schools in Hertfordshire and Essex in England before moving to Dubai in 2000 to work at GEMS Jumeirah Primary School. I have extensive teaching experience, from being class teacher, a specialist subject teacher and have held a number of leadership roles within schools and I am passionate about enthusing, engaging and encouraging students of all ages to become independent, resilient, self-motivated life-long learners. Having been part of the opening team of teachers at GEMS Founders School I continue to be amazed by what has been achieved by our students, teachers and parents during our short history so far. I am very proud of our school and the way we have developed since September 2016; it is a privilege to have appointed as the Head of Primary at GFS and I will continue to work closely with our fantastic team of teachers to ensure that our high standards of teaching and learning continue to be developed and maintained. Besides being a teacher at GFS, I am also a parent so I understand the pressures that families are under. Outside of school, I enjoy being in Dubai with my family and taking part in or watching sports such as rugby, cricket, football (and yes- I did used to play basketball!); cycling or just going for a walk in the desert with my dog. I look forward to getting to know many more of you- our families- as we continue to create new chapters in the continuing GFS story."

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