Steve Shaw : Principal / Maths Teacher

Steve Shaw

Principal / Maths Teacher

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BSc (Hons), The University of Birmingham. PGCE, The University of Cambridge

Previous Teaching Experience: Steve spent 10 years working in the UK in city comprehensive schools in Cambridge, Derbyshire and Nottingham before moving to the UAE to support educational reform in Abu Dhabi. He then spent 2 years working in local government schools training Principals and Vice Principals in school improvement before moving to the British International School Abu Dhabi as the Head of Academic Studies. He spent three years there helping set up the Secondary school, overseeing the school application to become an IB World School, managing the curriculum, reporting and assessment and the tracking of student progress. Steve spent five years as the Head of Secondary at ABCIS before becoming the school Principal.

Present Responsibilities: Steve currently works across all three campuses and is a member of both Charity and Staff Welfare Aspects groups.


Stephen Ford : Head of Secondary

Stephen Ford

Head of Secondary

Nationality: British

Qualifications: First Class BSc (Hons), Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Trent Polytechnic Nottingham, UK. PGCE Physics and Science, Nottingham University, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: Stephen has 30 years of teaching and leadership experience in different Secondary schools. He has taught in three different schools in the UK, has leadership experience as a Head of Science in two of them and additionally as an Assistant Head teacher in a large secondary school. This is his sixth year at the ABCIS and his previous roles included Head of Science and Head of Key Stage 4.

Present Responsibilities: Teacher of Year 13 Physics and is a member of the Yearbook team.


Christopher Carr : Head of Primary

Christopher Carr

Head of Primary

Nationality: Irish

Qualification: BSc Management & Information Systems, Queens University Belfast (2004), PGCE Primary Education, Liverpool Hope University (2007)

Previous Teaching Experience: Chris has 13 years teaching experience, beginning in the UK and then at the British International School of Moscow, before joining The ABC International School in 2009. He has taught across both Primary Key Stages, and was previously the Head of Year 4, Head of Upper Primary and Head of Campus 1 (Key Stage 1 and 2)  before taking up his current position.

Present Responsibilities: In addition to his role as Head of Primary (Key Stage 1 and 2), Chris is the Senior Management Team member of the Google Aspects Group.


Ian Bosonnet : Head of School Standards, Assessment and Pupil Performance

Ian Bosonnet

Head of School Standards, Assessment and Pupil Performance

Nationality: Irish

Qualifications: B.A (Hons) double degree: History /Ancient History and Archaeology, Trinity College Dublin (1992), Higher Diploma of Education, Trinity College Dublin (1994), QTS UK (all Primary and Secondary Schools), Level 2 Qualified School Inspector (all UK and international schools).

Previous Teaching Experience: Ian has 26 years teaching experience in both Primary and Secondary areas and 16 in management and leadership. He worked at schools in Dublin (Ireland) and in South London (UK) for 6 years before arriving in Vietnam. He was commended by the Department for Education for bringing about outstanding academic improvement while working in one of the schools in London. He has held a number of middle and senior management roles throughout his career.

Present Responsibilities: Ian has a broad range of responsibilities within the school which extend from Nursery to Year 13. These include lead responsibility for child protection and safeguarding matters, data analysis and reporting/advising about student performance to drive academic improvement, admissions and monitoring and advising on improvements in a range of different areas throughout the whole school. He leads in ensuring all health and safety, medical and safeguarding practices and policies within the school conform to expected UK standards. He was twice lead evaluator of all evidence for the ABCIS during inspections by UK Department of Education inspectors in 2013 and 2017, on both occasions in which the ABCIS received an outstanding rating as a British School Overseas in all areas. Ian is chair of the Parent‟s Advisory Group and also leads the Model United Nations at the ABC international School.


Kevin Reay : Deputy Head of Primary

Kevin Reay

Deputy Head of Primary

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA Hons PGCE, Early Years, Northumbria University, Newcastle, England (2005)

Previous Teaching Experience: Kevin has 13 years teaching experience. He began his career as a primary teacher in Gateshead (UK) where he taught Reception for two years and Year 1 for one year before teaching in Shanghai, China for two years. In Shanghai he worked as a Year 1 and Year 3 class teacher. He then moved back to the UK and taught Years 2 and 5. Kevin taught Year 2 at the ABC International School for two years before he joined the Senior Management Team. He has also coordinated a range of subjects including ICT, PE and Humanities.

Present Responsibilities: Apart from his role as Head of Campus 2, Kevin is also the Senior Management Team member of the Communication Aspects Group.


Melanie McLardie : Head of EAL and EIP

Melanie McLardie

Head of EAL and EIP

Nationality: British

Qualifications: B.Ed (Hons) Liverpool University (1998)

Previous Teaching Experience: Melanie joined The ABCIS in 2008 after working in North-Western England and Moscow, Russia. Her over 20 years‟ teaching experience have seen her work throughout the Early Years and Primary, both as a teacher and leader. These roles have included leading the teaching of English across the Primary School and the role of Special Educational Needs leader.

Present Responsibilities: Mel is the Head of Primary Curriculum including EAL and a member of the Vision and Ethos Aspects group. She also teaches Year 1 and 2 EAL.


Amy Beale : Head of Pastoral Care, Examinations Officer & Geography Teacher

Amy Beale

Head of Pastoral Care, Examinations Officer & Geography Teacher

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA Geography, University College London, TeachFirst – Geography, QTS Secondary, Canterbury Christ Church University.

Previous Teaching Experience: Amy has 13 years teaching experience in both British and International Schools. She worked in East London and Brunei prior to joining the ABCIS and held the position of Head of Year 8 in her London school. Amy has worked for The ABCIS for 9 years as a Geography teacher and previously held the positions of Head of Humanities and Head of Key Stage 3.

Present Responsibilities: As a member of the Senior Management Team Amy is the Head of Pastoral Care and Examinations Officer. She teaches Geography, runs a charity ECA and is a member of the Student Welfare Aspects Group.


Lee Sirett : English & Drama Teacher/ Head of Key Stage 3

Lee Sirett

English & Drama Teacher/ Head of Key Stage 3

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA (Hons.) English and Literary Studies, PGCE Secondary English, University of Worcester, UK. QTS UK (Secondary schools).

Previous Teaching Experience: Lee began his teaching career in a large secondary school on the outskirts of Birmingham where he taught English, Drama and Music. He then taught English as a Second Language in a private university in Beijing for one year, before moving to Gran Canaria to teach English Literature and Language from Key Stage 3 up to Key Stage 5. During this time he also taught A Level Philosophy as well as Drama, History and Music throughout the school. Whilst continuing to teach English and Drama since arriving at The ABCIS, six years ago, he has also been Head of Year across all year groups in Key Stage 3 for the last five years.

Present Responsibilities: Lee is presently Head of Key Stage 3, helps run the Secondary Production ECA and is a member of the Engage and Reporting Aspects Group.


Christopher Stump : Head of Key Stage 5 (Year 12/13)

Christopher Stump

Head of Key Stage 5 (Year 12/13)

Nationality: : British

Qualifications: BA (Hons.) Social and Cultural Studies, University of Nottingham; PGCE Religious Education, Sheffield Hallam University.

Previous teaching experience: Chris has been teaching for 10 years, spending the last 8 years leading Sociology at two successful London secondary schools. In addition to his role as a Head of Sociology, Chris has held the positions of Head of Year 12/13 and most recently as a Lead Practitioner for Teaching and Learning where he was responsible for coordinating whole-school professional learning and disseminating good practice. Spending the vast majority of his teaching career in sixth form, Chris has coordinated university applications for countless students.

Present Responsibilities: Mr. Chris is responsible for overseeing the academic progress of students in the Sixth Form, in addition to assisting students with their applications to higher education.