Acting Principal - Jumeirah College
Rob Kesterton, is the acting Principal of Jumeirah College: an ‘Outstanding’ English Curriculum secondary school. He is the son of two teachers, the husband of a teacher and the father of three boys, enabling him to enjoy a unique insight into education for as long as he can remember. Rob is a History and Politics teacher by training, although he began his career as a Teaching Assistant in a pupil referral unit in the UK. He taught in a variety of contexts in the South-East of England, before moving to Dubai 13 years ago. He has been at Jumeirah College since then, and been fortunate to be entrusted with several roles including: leading on Teaching and Learning; Data and Assessment; Examinations; Curriculum Design; Timetabling; and the line management of the Heads of the Department team.
Rob's educational philosophy is simple: happy students are more likely to be successful students, where a safe and nurturing environment, filled with engaging experiences and the right level of challenge, is how to create lifelong learners. Rob believes that if students are able to self-manage their learning, they are more likely to be successful in both the short and long term and the role of educators is to spark their curiosity, and to encourage them to embrace problem solving, critical thinking and enquiry, as a challenge accepted. Rob is confident that Arcadia mirrors his educational philosophy; which is why he is so keen to work alongside the school leaders as an educational support and advisor.