Academy Academy Description ADEK Rating Curricula Location
Al Ain Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding Features English National Curriculum Al Ain
Al Bateen Academy

Secondary, Mixed

Outstanding English National Curriculum,IB Diploma Programme Abu Dhabi
Al Mamoura Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Girls Only

Good With Very Good Features English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Muna Academy

Primary, Mixed

Outstanding English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Yasmina Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding Features English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
The Pearl Academy

Primary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding Features English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
West Yas Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Segregated 

Good American Massachusetts State Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Forsan Nursery

Nursery Mixed

Not Applicable English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi

Kathryn Allen


Mrs Allen began her teaching career over 22 years ago in the UK and has experience teaching in all three primary key stages. In the last 18 years, she has held posts as a School Improvement Consultant (specialising in literacy and English), Deputy Headteacher, Headteacher and Principal. Her extensive experience is based in British Curriculum schools in England. 

In addition to the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers, she holds a Diploma in Special Educational Needs and graduated with a Bachelor of Science, prior to gaining her Post Graduate Certificate of Education. 

Mrs Allen strongly believes in a learner-led, enquiry-based approach. She is passionate about personalised learning and a curriculum tailored to the interests and needs of pupils as individuals.  In her view, schools have both a professional and moral responsibility to nurture children and young people so that they can grow into rounded, happy and successful citizens. She feels extremely privileged as a teacher and leader to be able to inspire the next generation, who will shape the future. 

Mark Pearce

Deputy Head

Mr. Pearce has worked in education for 17 years, beginning his career in Brisbane, before moving abroad to teach in a variety of international settings. He has extensive experience teaching British National Curriculum and the Primary Years Programme (PYP) in Penang, London, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong and Melbourne. Mr Pearce is passionate about assessment for learning and authentic student engagement through enquiry. He believes the goal for each individual is to become an active, caring lifelong learner who demonstrates respect for themselves and others.  Mr Pearce has held a variety of leadership positions throughout his career and was one of the inaugural members of Al Muna Academy.  He enjoys being a part of an outstanding community of educators who work together with families to ensure that each individual makes as much progress as possible, while loving every moment they are at school


Sarah Lewis

Key Stage 1 Leader

Miss Lewis has worked at Al Muna for three years, initially starting out as a class teacher and now working as Key Stage 1 Leader. She has been teaching for nine years and previously worked in England before moving to Abu Dhabi. Miss Lewis loves the positive attitudes and welcoming feel at Al Muna Academy. She believes that making outstanding progress begins with the positive relationships that are built with both students and their families. Making learning engaging and relevant for the children is a priority, when children learn through their own discoveries makes a greater impact on their progress. It is extremely important that each child is challenged to their full potential and enjoy their time here at Al Muna Academy. 

Marion Boyd

Lower Key Stage 2 Leader

This is Mrs Boyd’s 8th year at Al Muna Academy. She has worked in other overseas schools and also in her native Scotland.  Mrs Boyd believes that school should develop the whole child through engaging, challenging and fun learning experiences to create lifelong independent learners. Such experiences make learning relevant and enjoyable for all learners and allows children to make as much progress at school as possible and prepares them for their life after Al Muna Academy. 


James Dyke

Upper Key Stage 2 Leader

Mr. Dyke has been changing lives for over 12 years now. Starting his journey in the UK before moving to Thailand for a number of years to teach internationally. Three years ago he joined Al Muna Academy, and rapidly progressed from class teacher to Head of Upper Key Stage 2. Mr. Dyke combines education with entertainment, ensuring all those who are lucky enough to be taught by him make maximum progress as well as having a great time.

Iman Toukabri

Head of Arabic

Miss Iman Toukabri has been working at Al Muna Academy since the school opened in 2009. She leads the Arabic, Islamic and Social Studies teams. Miss Iman is incredibly proud of the progress that is made within the Arabic team. She believes the children make so much progress at Al Muna Academy is because they love coming to the fun and engaging lessons. Miss Iman leads the team to have interactive lessons with applying skills needed in the 21st century. She believes in working together for a better future. 

Marie Byrne

Head of Inclusion

Head of Inclusion Marie Byrne holds a Masters in Special Educational Needs and has more than twenty years’ experience teaching. She has worked within the education sector both in the UK and Middle east teaching and managing the provision of special needs. Her particular focus is on working with individuals with special or complex needs and creating a highly positive and successful learning environment. She prides herself on providing accessible and challenging learning opportunities in the academy.