Dubai: As a newly-appointed member of the board of directors at Dubai’s Arcadia Preparatory School, Ian Hunt brings with him a wealth of educational management and leadership.
After perusing a successful career in banking Ian completed his master’s degree in education followed by a PGCE from the University of Bath in England. His career in education then took him to Millfield School where he held numerous roles including senior tutor and senior housemaster, followed by senior deputy headmaster at Wellingborough School then headmaster of Llandovery College in Wales.
In 2012 Ian joined Gabbitas Educational Consultants where, as managing director, he consults on a variety of projects in the UK and overseas ranging from school improvements to new builds. He is also the founder of UKiset, the globally-acclaimed international entrance and baseline test for students aged nine to 18.
Ian sits on a number of educational and charitable advisory boards both in the UK and overseas where he chairs academic committees and advises on commercial decisions. He is a regular contributor to educational thought leadership and often writes in the UK press including The Times and The Daily Telegraph as well as The Huffington Post and Dubai-based Gulf News.
About The Arcadia Preparatory School
The Arcadia Preparatory School, located in Dubai’s Jumeirah Village Triangle, offers the National Curriculum for England to pupils studying from Foundation Stage 1 (nursery) to Key Stage 2 (year 6). Due to open in August 2016, the community-focused school aspires to be one of the leading British primary schools in the world by instilling into students a lifelong passion for learning, and by nurturing innovation and the pursuit of excellence amongst the teaching staff.
The Arcadia Preparatory School is the first in a series of community-based schools delivering the vision of Mohan Valrani and the Al Shirawi Group. As the Chairman of the school, Valrani is an avid believer in providing the very best education for future generations.
Believing that a school’s greatest asset is its teachers, the group is building The Arcadia House, a dedicated accommodation facility within JVT for school staff. By offering the enhanced benefit of quality housing, the school is investing fully in its teachers’ happiness and wellbeing thereby encouraging them to aspire to excellence within the classroom.
The Arcadia Preparatory School’s curriculum includes a unique Enrichment Learning Programme (ELP) – an all-inclusive programme, based on an extended school day – that complements the core curriculum, providing dynamic and diverse activities and rich learning opportunities for pupils, including in-class homework support. The ELP is provided at no extra cost to parents and is a core aspect of the school’s values and ethos, where lifelong learning is nurtured. In addition, the school is offering specialist support for English as an Additional Language (EAL) as part of the core curriculum for those students whose native language is not English.
Future Dubai-based schools for Arcadia Group include The Arcadia Senior School, also in Jumeirah Village Triangle; and The Arcadia Primary and Secondary School in Jebel Ali.
Address: District 9 Jumeirah Village Triangle, Dubai
Phone number: 04 558 5010
Email: [email protected]