Meet the Staff

We believe the strength of a school lies in its staff. The RGS Guildford in Qatar has the highest standards when appointing those people who will work closely with your children. Rigorous assessments, references and the requirement for all staff to be experienced teachers with British teaching qualifications mean that only the best teachers come to work at the School.

We also employ a number of specialist teaching staff to deliver our Music, Sport and Language curriculum. Apart from our Arabic and Islamic studies staff, all other specialist teachers are also British trained and qualified.

The academic team are supported by an expert team of administrative and facilities staff who ensure the smooth running of the school and are always available to support parents and pupils.

RGS Staff List 2018/19

Head of School: Mr. Alistair Downs

Following my graduation from Cambridge University, I worked in a variety of schools in the UK, China and Thailand. In 2010 I was appointed the Founding Head of School at St. Andrews International School in Bangkok.

I am immensely proud to be the Founding Head of School at RGSGQ and to continue the tradition of the Royal Grammar School Guildford in an international setting. Our school ethos emphasizes high academic achievement within each individual’s potential and we aim to provide an outstanding learning environment, where students can flourish. I believe it is our role to develop happy, caring, thoughtful students who feel confident about their abilities, respect others and recognize their importance in the world. We have created a vibrant school with a real community feel at its heart, dedicated to developing confident, independent learners.

Outside of school, I have a passion for travel and a love of learning about different cultures. When I’m not traveling, I enjoy watching and participating in sports; notably football, badminton, tennis and athletics, as well as chasing after my two young daughters, the eldest of which is currently at RGSGQ.


Deputy Head of School: Mrs Anna Stuart

I was born and raised in Shropshire, England. At age 18 I became a Teaching Assistant in a small school in Shropshire. I worked with a highly inspirational early years teacher and it was there that I caught the teaching bug.

After traveling in my early 20s, I went on to study Childhood and Youth Studies with Sociology. After studying for my degree I worked in a children's home for a couple of years which was hard work but very rewarding. The teaching bug refused to leave me so I completed my PGCE and I have never looked back.

Throughout my career I have been fortunate enough to work with some truly inspirational and amazing people. Before joining RGSGQ 3 years ago, I was Head of Foundation Stage at an Apple Distinguished School in the UK. I learned so much at this school about teaching, using IT in the classroom, hard work and team work.

We enjoy living in Qatar, as we can travel to many countries from here and spend most of our holidays seeing the world. I have been teaching at RGSGQ since it opened its doors in 2016. It has been rewarding to see the School go from strength to strength with staff, pupils and parents working together to create a real school community.


Head of Early Years and Reception Sharks: Miss Kate Scarlet Matthews

I am originally from a small town in Norfolk, England. Having worked as a one to one teaching assistant for a year, I decided to pursue a career in teaching. Graduating from the University of East Anglia with a BA in Educational Studies, I took a Primary PGCE with focus on Early Years and Special Education. Upon graduating, I moved to Thailand to volunteer. It was in Thailand that I realized that I could combine teaching with travel and moved to Kuwait and then on to Qatar. Whilst 2018/19 will be my first year working at RGSGQ, it is my fifth year as an Early Years teacher. I have worked in both Nursery and Reception classes and was appointed Early Years Coordinator in another Doha school in September 2017. I am very excited to have the opportunity to work as Early Years Coordinator at RGSGQ, as it has such a vibrant and community feel and I share a passion for encouraging independent learning.

Outside of school, I continue to pursue my own study, as I view learning as lifelong. During any spare time that I might have, I am a proud member of The Angry Dragons (we're not that angry) dragon boat team and have been involved in races both in Doha and The Philippines. Like most teachers in Doha, I love to travel and do my best to make time to visit my family who are spread the world over.


Nursery Seahorses: Miss Zoe Toal

I am originally from a small city in Ireland called Armagh. I studied a masters of pharmacy at Queen’s University Belfast as I had a strong passion for science. I love working with children and have always wanted to be a primary school teacher from a young age. During my first summer of university, I taught English as an additional language to children in a summer camp in Austria.

I had such a wonderful experience teaching these children that I decided to do Camp America for my remaining summers at university. I attended a camp in New York for three summers, coaching gymnastics and living with, and taking care of the youngest girls on camp.

After graduating I moved to Liverpool, where I studied a PGCE in primary school teaching at Hope University. I enjoyed working in the schools in Liverpool so much that I decided to start working in a primary school in the city. Outside of school I coach gymnastics, dancing and speech and drama. I am very much looking forward to becoming a part of the RGSGQ school community, and teaching year one.


Nursery Starfish: Miss Lauren Elizabeth Woolley

Inspired by several of my Primary school teachers, I always knew that I wanted to become a teacher and travel the world. After graduating from Nottingham Trent University in 2012, I moved straight to Doha where I began my career in teaching. I spent my first two years working in a small kindergarten and special educational needs center, with children from 3 to 8 years old. After completing my contract, I then moved to an International School, where I have spent the last 4 years teaching in the Early Years Foundation Stage. I am extremely passionate and find it very rewarding to be a part of and support children with their first steps into school life.

Living in Doha for the past 6 years has been an incredible experience and is a place I truly consider home. Outside of school, I enjoy travelling, looking after my beautiful cat and going to exercise classes such as yoga and spinning. I’m so excited to be joining the RGS Qatar team and meeting my new class!


Reception Stingrays: Miss Catherine McConville

I grew up in a village in the North of Ireland, not far from Belfast. I am the oldest of three however we lived next door to five of my cousins so it has always felt like a large family. I studied a B.Ed Primary at Stranmillis,Belfast. During my degree, I had the opportunity to work in a Kindergarten in Poznan, Poland. I loved working at an international school and knew that it was something I wanted to do in the future.

After graduating, I worked in a rural school close to my home. I taught a mixed reception and year one class and loved it! However, I felt like I wanted to try something new so I moved to London where I have been for two years. I have worked in a year one class with children from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. I have loved being part of such a diverse community and have developed as a positive, energetic and passionate teacher.

I decided to move to Qatar as I was really interested in experiencing a new culture. After researching Doha, I discovered how up and coming the city is and I knew I wanted to be part of it. I am very proud to accept a nursery position at RGS Qatar and have already been made to feel so welcome and supported by the staff. I am an advocate of creating a positive environment to aid progress - something that I believe I can find it at RGSQ.

In my spare time I love to travel. During my student years, I spent some time Au Pairing in Italy, where my grandmother is originally from. I am excited about the opportunities to visit many more places that working in Qatar will give me. Some more of my interests include cooking, being active, reading and teaching the piano.


Reception Dolphins: Miss Diane Moore

I am originally from a small town in the North East of England, Hartlepool. I lived in Liverpool for four years, whilst gaining my foundation, post-graduate and Masters degree.
I began my teaching career, as a year 4 teacher in a three form entry school in Hartlepool. I thoroughly enjoyed my first year in KS2 and it was a fabulous opportunity to extend my skills, as the majority of my teacher training was KS1 based.

In 2016, I decided I needed a new adventure and I moved to Doha, Qatar to join an international school. For two years I have been a year three classroom teacher, I have enjoyed the new experience of working in an international school and the opportunity to explore different countries within the Middle East. I am delighted to be joining RGSGQ and look forward to the opportunities it may bring.

Outside of school I have a passion for travelling, I thoroughly enjoy embracing and learning about different cultures, in different parts of the world. I enjoy taking advantages of the warmer climate in Qatar and taking part in water sports, however I am still a work in progress!


Reception Turtles: Miss Chelle Tomes

I completed an undergraduate degree in Intermedia Art, at The University of Edinburgh. During this time, I also took the opportunity to live and study in Prague for one semester. Following my graduation, I returned to England, where I fulfilled my dream of becoming a Teacher; by completing a PGCE at The University of Huddersfield.

After completing my NQT year, I decided that I would like to continue to explore the world, so I chose to travel to Australia. Whilst in Australia, I enjoyed working with children with special educational needs and disabilities. I am very excited to relocate to Qatar, where I am honored to be joining RQSGQ as a Reception Teacher.

When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, reading, watching movies, listening to music and visiting galleries.


Key Stage 1 Coordinator and Year 2 Lions: Miss Jayde Keay

I am originally from Chorley, Lancashire in the North West of England and I have spent the first two years of my teaching career in a small school in a town called Bolton, before moving to RGS Guildford in Qatar. I have a very close, large family some of whom are based all over the world (so not all that close)! I love spending time with my closest family, especially my three beautiful nephews.

The spark for teaching began as early as high school, when I studied childcare as a GCSE. From this point on I knew I wanted to work with children and be a part of their education in some way. Before starting my teaching career, I worked as a nursery nurse in a Private nursery whilst studying my degree of Education and Business Studies at University of Central Lancashire in Preston. After completing my degree, I then started my teacher training through School Direct - at Prestolee Alliance based in Bolton – where I achieved my Qualified Teaching Status.

There are many motivators in my life out of school which inspire me to be an enthusiastic and active teacher. I enjoy going to the gym regularly and exploring new places while taking long walks with my dog at the weekend. I am truly passionate about travel and this is what inspired me to make a huge life change and venture to Qatar, where I can incorporate my love of travel into my love of teaching.


Year 1 Elephants: Miss. Natasha Hindley

I am originally from a small town called Ellesmere Port, in England. I lived in Liverpool for four years whilst completing my undergraduate degree in Teaching, Learning and Child Development and my Post-Graduate Certificate of Education. After graduating I worked in a mixture of schools within the North West as a supply teacher, which has been a great experience, planning fun and engaging lessons to cater for all age groups. 

I have always had a passion for working with children, which has driven my love for primary teaching at a young age. During my first year studying A-levels, I taught English and Maths within a primary school in Tanzania, which led to me wanting to travel the world whilst following my love of teaching.

Outside of work, I love to travel and learn new things from other cultures. I thoroughly enjoy spending time with friends and family and taking part in sports, such as trampolining and gymnastics. I am looking forward to moving to Qatar and beginning a new adventure as a teacher at RGSGQ.

Year 1 Giraffes: Miss. Rachel Hennessey

I grew up in the North East of Scotland before swapping sandy beaches and grass fields for the city life of Edinburgh. After achieving a degree in psychology, with a focus on education and child development, I decided to pursue a career working with children. Motivated by inspirational teachers and rewarding voluntary work, in schools and youth groups, I completed the PGDE, in Aberdeen. My first teaching post was in a small, rural school.

I have lived and taught in Doha for three years and still enjoy exploring the ever-developing city. Working in an international setting has been very rewarding; celebrating diversity and learning about different cultures. I am very excited about joining the team at Royal Grammar School, Guilford in Qatar.

Living in Doha, I have pursued my interest of travelling and have visited many of the surrounding countries. I enjoy experimenting with cooking and reading novels in my free time.

Year 1 Meerkats: Miss. Maxine Leith

I grew up in a small town in Bedfordshire in the U.K. and then studied Education at University College London. During my degree, I worked as a phonics intervention tutor for children in Year 3 and 4, to support their reading and spelling. After graduating, I completed the Leadership Development Programme through Teach First, a teacher training charity dedicated to overcoming educational disadvantage. Through Teach First, I completed my PGCE at the University of Nottingham.

Since then, I have taught in two schools in Derby. I spent two years teaching Year 1 and Year 2 in a deprived, inner city school and following this I worked at a suburban school teaching Year 4 pupils. Whilst there I became a geography coordinator and had responsibilities for maths.

I am thrilled to be moving to Doha and honoured to be joining the Royal Grammar School Guildford in Qatar to pursue my dream of teaching in the Middle East.

Outside of school, I enjoy rock climbing, reading and eating lots of new cuisines!

Year 1 Zebras: Miss. Eleanor Fryett

I am originally from a small town called Radcliffe which is on the outskirts of Manchester city centre, England. I completed my teaching degree on a three year course at Edge Hill University, working in schools in Wales, Liverpool and Manchester. During my first two years of teaching I worked in a small school in a town called Bolton, where I spent the first year teaching Early Years and the second teaching Year 1.

I have a very close family base most of whom live locally, yet my Dad was born in London and raised in Cornwall so I also have family dotted around the south of England. My passion for working with children began when I was in high school, when I was sent on work experience in a primary school and grew dramatically with the birth of my nephew. Watching him learn and grow from such a young age inspired me to want to be a part of his and other children’s learning. Whilst at college I studied A-Levels in English Literature and Language, History, Psychology and Law.

Outside of work there are many things I enjoy doing which contribute to the teacher I am. I really enjoy playing sports such as rounders, and I go to the gym regularly. I thoroughly believe in a healthy body, healthy mind-set routine and I encourage this within my current school. I have always been keen to travel and I am excited to start my new adventure as a teacher at RGSGQ.

Year 2 Cheetahs: Miss. Aoife Cavanagh

I am originally from Derry City in the North of Ireland. I moved to Manchester, England where I went to University and completed my degree in Primary Education. It was in Manchester that I spent the first year of my career teaching Year 3 children. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching KS2 and gained a lot of experience and skills.

After completing my NQT year I decided it was time for a new challenge so I moved to Doha, Qatar, to work in an international school. I have been teaching Year 1 in Qatar for two years and have loved experiencing the vibrant and dynamic culture in Doha. I have particularly enjoyed learning about and celebrating the different cultures of the children in my class.

Outside of school I have a passion for travelling to different countries; since moving to Qatar I have been fortunate enough to visit countries within the Middle East and Asia. I also enjoy keeping fit by attending the gym and exercise classes. I am honoured to be joining RGSGQ in August and becoming part of such a committed and successful team.

Year 2 Tigers: Mr. Patrick Lyle

I am from a small town in County Down, Northern Ireland called Bangor. After leaving school, I moved to England and studied Criminology at the University of Leicester and completed a School Centered Initial Teacher Training programme in the city. Training as a teacher in Leicester was a special experience, as I taught across a diverse range of schools and met students from across the globe.

Throughout my upbringing, I visited countries all over the world with my dad to support the Northern Ireland football team. I have since travelled around Europe and now I am excited to be joining the Royal Grammar School Guilford in Qatar to teach Year 2. It is incredibly rewarding to teach children at this stage in their lives, when they are developing their interests and beginning to see how their learning relates to the real world. 

Outside the classroom, I am a keen sportsman. I have experience coaching rugby with primary school age children and also take an interest in football and athletics. I also enjoy history, cooking and travelling.

Key Stage 2 Coordinator and Year 3Q : Mr. Paul Quigley

I spent my childhood living in Northern Ireland, before moving with my parents to the South of Ireland during my teenage years. Having a passion for sport from a young age and thoroughly enjoying being part of a team, I gained a sports scholarship at my local university, where I completed my first degree in business and accounts. Competing and coaching in sport, alongside my studies, and drawing upon memories of my own inspirational teachers, ignited my passion for guiding and helping children; it provided me with the opportunity to share my enthusiasm and encourage children to push barriers.

Inspired to teach and work with children, I worked as a teaching assistant and elite football coach before pursuing a career in education.

Taking my first steps towards teaching, I completed my P.G.C.E. in Liverpool and undertook my first teaching post in a large school in Crosby, which is a small town on the outskirts of Liverpool.

I have spent two years teaching in Doha and I am thrilled to join the team at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford in Qatar.

In my free time, I like to walk my dog, read all sorts of books, sample new cuisines and I am a sports enthusiast!

Year 3J: Joseph Jones

I am from a large town in Wales called Bridgend and I have recently completed my teaching degree in the University of Wales,Trinity Saint David. During my university course, I worked within classes across KS1 and KS2 sectors and I gained experience in a variety of diverse schools.

Whilst in university, I dreamed of teaching overseas and it is a privilege to begin my teaching career in Qatar.  I have always taught in a holistic manner and I am very happy to be able to continue this approach at RGS.

Outside of school, I am a big sports fan. Before relocating to Doha, I was a season-ticket holder with Swansea City FC and I used to regularly watch local rugby. I am hoping to watch a lot of sport while I am in Doha!

Year 3N: Sally Nixon

I am originally from a small village called Harriseahead, Stoke on Trent, in the UK. This is home to my wonderful family and my beautiful pet labrador, Eddie. I studied to become a Primary School Teacher at Manchester Metropolitan University, specialising in Art.

Since completing my degree, I spent 18 months travelling around various parts of Australia and South East Asia, where I had the pleasure of experiencing a variety of cultures, trying incredible new food and most importantly, meeting lots of new people.

After this, I decided to return to the UK to begin my teaching career. I moved to Qatar in 2017 and now consider it my second home. I feel extremely privileged to have had the opportunity to combine the two things I love most; teaching and travelling.

I am very excited to be a part of the RGS Qatar team and I am looking forward to an exciting year with my class, 3N.

Year 4H: Miss Victoria Rebecca Hollick

Hello, I’m Vicky and I have been in Qatar for three years now, I love it here and now consider it my home. Since arriving, I have taught year four. I am very excited to start at RGSGQ and experience another school in Qatar. When I’m in Qatar, I love to try new things, especially new restaurants and occasionally water sports. I also love travelling, I have been lucky since arriving in Qatar to visit some incredible countries and see some astonishing views. I am always thinking about where I will go next!

Originally I am from a small town in Essex, where I live with my mum and cute pet rabbit Petra. I went to University in Canterbury, Kent and studied primary education for three years. After completing this, I decided to do a year’s supply work this took me to Central London, which was amazing! I learnt so many new things there. After that I worked in a year three class for three years, that is when I decided to move abroad which had been a dream of mine for years! From my first day in Qatar I have never looked back.


Year 4W: Mr. Daniel Walsh

I am from a town called St. Helens in the Liverpool borough of Merseyside in the North West of England. I studied English Language and Education at Liverpool Hope University before going on to complete a School Centered Initial Teacher Training program in Lancashire. My first teaching post was close to home, in Reception for a year, before I decided to test myself in the cosmopolitan city of London in a renowned academy for a further year. I felt a natural progression for my third year would be to experience teaching in an entirely different continent, which brought me to the Royal Grammar School Guilford in Qatar.

After having worked with children in the sporting sector, I believed that I had the personality and the skillset to really make a difference as a teacher. Not one day is ever the same and the profession is incredibly rewarding. It is an inspiring thought to know that as a teacher, you are developing the future. My favorite quote is from Winston Churchill; “Success consists of going from failure to failure without the loss of enthusiasm.”

From a professional perspective, I am delighted to be working in a school that is linked to such a prestigious school back in Guilford and being part of such an amazing project. In my spare time, I love to play and watch sport. Furthermore, I like history, reading and travelling.


Year 5K: Mr. Kuzbyt

I am originally from a small town called Penrith, right in the north of England, situated in the heart of the Lake District.

I moved to Newcastle to study my first degree in Applied Sports Science and Coaching, at Northumbria University. It was here I was given the opportunity to organize my own placement, in which I spent 6 weeks working in both a Year 4 class and PE department of a local primary school. This is where my love for teaching and working with children of a primary age range began. When I realized my dream of playing for Manchester United was unlikely to happen, I decided a career in teaching was something I could be equally as passionate about.

I remained at Northumbria University to complete my teacher training PGCE and spent two years teaching in Newcastle before embarking on a new adventure to Doha.

My parents lived and worked in Qatar from 1979-1988, so the country has always held a special place within my family, and certainly made the decision to move here an easier one. When my mum and dad visit, they can't believe how much it has changed the past 30 years!

I have just finished my third year teaching here in Doha. I love the opportunities it gives to travel and explore new cultures. My favorite places are the MIA Park and the Doha Golf Club (which is where I spend most of my free time).


Year 5N: Miss. Jessica Newsome

After travelling through Australia and South East Asia, I decided to pursue a lifelong ambition to go to university and train to become a teacher. I am originally from a town near Leeds, West Yorkshire, but I moved to Stoke-on-Trent to attend Manchester Metropolitan University. After completing my degree, I lived and worked in Stoke and settled in a rural village near Crewe. Almost two years later, the travelling bug hit again and I decided to take the plunge and move to Qatar. I have been in Qatar for two years and I now call Qatar my second home! I am extremely excited to join the RGSGQ team this academic year and meet my new class! Outside of school, I enjoy playing netball, reading, attending fitness boot camps and of course, my favourite thing, travelling.

Year 6K: Miss Grace Kelly

Originally from Ireland, I lived in Liverpool for 5 years where I completed my Teaching Degree. Following my graduation from Liverpool Hope University in 2016, I secured my first teaching job in a Year 6 class and I loved every minute of it. I have taught across the Key stages, but working in KS2 is where my passion is. It was hard leaving Liverpool but I was ready for a new adventure. I arrived in Doha late August and have loved every minute of it.

Outside of school I have a passion for travel and I cannot wait to begin exploring the Middle East. I also have a keen interest in sports, mainly Gaelic Games.


Year 6W: Mr. Harry White

I live in Kingsbridge, which is a small town in the South-West of England. I completed my teaching degree in the coastal city of Plymouth before moving to London and teaching year 3. For the last two years I have taught a combined year 3, 4, 5 and 6 class in Holbeton Primary School, South Devon. Teaching in such a small school, with only 36 pupils has at times been challenging but I have loved every minute.

Outside of school, I enjoy travelling and experiencing different cultures and values. I am an enthusiastic sportsman with a particular interest in football. I also play the guitar and partake in water sports.


Key Stage 3 Coordinator and Year 9P: Mr. Richard Philips

After graduating in 2011 from Exeter University with a Masters in Sport and Health Science, I have enjoyed a varied career working in Oil and Gas, and the construction industries before training as a KS3 Science Teacher in the UK.

My academic passion is exercise physiology, a study combining all three sciences in relation to human performance. I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for science, and trying to inspire inquisitive minds by encouraging students to read, think scientifically, and explore the world around us. A good scientist will always have a questioning mind, in the pursuit of scientific truths.

Away from teaching, I have a myriad of interests; I am a keen cyclist, an occasional 'triathlete', and am generally interested in both playing and watching all sports. I also have an interest in travel, surfing, photography, reading and playing guitar. Anything outdoors is of interest!

I am excited to be beginning my journey with the Royal Grammar School, Guildford in Qatar, and to be a part of a successful future within a caring and supportive learning environment for the students to achieve their potential.


Key Stage 3 Geography and History: Mrs Sara Fletcher

I grew up on the east coast of England, in the beautiful county of Suffolk. After graduating from Cambridge, I moved to the midlands and taught in schools in Worcestershire and Birmingham.

My husband and I left the UK in 2011 to embark on our international adventures. We lived in the Netherlands and France before arriving in Qatar in 2016, with our young family. Our eldest daughter Emma, is currently in Year 1 at RGSGQ. We could not be happier with our choice of school for Emma. There is something very special about the RGSGQ family; from the commitment, drive and enthusiasm of the staff, to the supportive and friendly Parent's Association. I am very excited to now be part of the new Senior School team.

The aim of promoting enquiry and interpreting different ideas lies at the heart of my teaching. My objective has always been to make students think – to wonder at their own experiences in comparison to those of other people; to engage with the subject and to develop an awareness of and a respect for people and cultures that differ from their own. My background is in teaching social studies & humanities - both of which encourage students to consider and reflect upon their own particular world experience and to develop a sense of themselves as a citizen within a global community.

The fabulous weather here in Doha means that much of my spare time is spent splashing around in the pool or the sea with my children. However, when I do get some time to myself I practice yoga and enjoy sailing.


Year 7A: Mrs. Yasmin Abbas

I have lived in London my entire life and joining the RGSGQ means that I will be moving to a new country for the very first time. I am excited about the move and I cannot wait to begin my new adventure teaching abroad.

From a very young age I have always enjoyed mathematics; so I studied mathematics at the University of Hertfordshire in England and graduated with a first class with honours in 2014. Upon graduating, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career related to mathematics, so I decided to work in finance for a couple of years. During that time I mostly enjoyed the training of my colleagues aspect of my role, and so I knew that teaching would be the right career for me, as I am passionate about mathematics and teaching people. Becoming a teacher combines all of these aspects.

Thereafter, I completed my mathematics teaching degree at the Institute of Education, UCL, London. During my PGCE I worked within two very different schools, both were very rewarding experiences and I learned so much from each. My experience included working with EAL and SEN pupils and also within a school for girls. I am really enthusiastic about teaching and I particularly enjoy the challenge of teaching mathematics and sharing the importance of mathematics with my pupils and how it relates to a real life context.

Outside of school, I have a passion for travel, going to the cinema and trying out new restaurants.

I am privileged to be joining the RGSGQ in August and becoming part of such an outstanding school.

Year 8S: Miss. Roxanne Smith

After graduating from the University of Winchester with a BA Combined Honours Degree in English Literature and Drama, I continued straight to Bath Spa University to complete my Postgraduate Degree in Secondary English teaching. I have been teaching since 2014 and have enjoyed the opportunity to teach English Literature and Language across Key Stage 3 and 4. I have also taught English Literature A Level. During my teacher career, I have been fortunate enough to be Second in Department with key responsibility for Teaching, Learning and Assessment at Key Stage 3.

I have always had a passion for Literature and Theatre; I try to read and attend theatre productions when I can!

Outside of teaching, I love to travel, hike, try new restaurants and visit the cinema.

Head of PE: Mr. Patrick Temple

Since the age of 16, I have been involved in coaching and teaching a variety of different sports across Buckinghamshire, England. I have worked in a British independent school and a brand-new secondary school and both share a similar ethos to RGSGQ.

Teaching physical education is extremely rewarding, as it can bring so much joy to students, irrespective of their ability. I believe that regular participation in sport can ensure that young people are happy, healthy and confident individuals.

Outside of school, I am a keen observer and participant of all sports and I am never too far away from a racquet ball, or a pair of running shoes! I also enjoy visiting new destinations and learning about their history, culture and trying their cuisine.


PE: Mr. Bernard McCullagh

Following my graduation from my Masters in Physical Education at the University of Limerick, I have worked in a variety of schools in Ireland.

I am proud of my role as Physical Education Teacher at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford in Qatar. The school ethos of creating a happy and caring environment, where students can progress and flourish and feel confident about their abilities, whilst respecting one another are values which are in line with my own beliefs.

Physical Education and involvement in sport can bring a whole host of positive attributes to students. When students recognize that involvement in sport is more than just winning and losing, physical activity encourages skills and resilience for all parts of life, and most importantly it helps to create confident and passionate students.

Outside of school I enjoy Triathlon, a sport which combines three of my passions, swimming, cycling and running. I have taken great pride this year in sharing my passion with all ages at the Royal Grammar School. Sharing my passion with students is something I actively try to do in my teaching role. In my first year at the School we have had a considerable number of students trying out multi-sport activities


PE: Miss. Hollie Blenman

Having grown up in South London and after being a rugby coach from the age of 15, I obtained my BSc. in Sports Coaching Science at St Mary’s University, London in 2012.

I was very fortunate after this to gain a place on a graduate teacher programme, where I secured my QTS and went on to work at two, fantastic, inner London secondary schools. Gaining invaluable experience in both teaching and learning and pastoral care.

I have since been a PE teacher here in Qatar for the last 4 years, while also completing my MA in Education.


Outside of Education my main hobbies include playing rugby, which I have played since the age of 6 including county and regional honours. As well as sport, I enjoy travelling and have a real passion for my own learning and personal growth.

PE: Miss. Hannah Pearson

I grew up in the south west of England surrounded by green hills and the countryside, where I developed a love for the outdoors and encouraged others to enjoy it too through the Duke of Edinburgh award. I completed my BSc in Sport Education at Gloucestershire university and then my MSc in adapted physical education in KU Leuven, in Belgium.

I have been fortunate to teach PE in both primary and secondary school environments, as well as teaching and coaching swimming to all levels, including at a summer camp in the US.

Outside of teaching I enjoy SCUBA diving, travel, and watching/participating in sport with a keen interest in ice hockey and rugby.

Head of Music: Miss Gina Martindale

I have been teaching Music for 9 years now in both Primary and Secondary schools and it has been such a rewarding journey so far. I trained at London College of Music and Media studying Contemporary Performance in Popular Music (BA) and went onto complete my PGCE Education in Music at the London Metropolitan University. I am passionate about teaching music and have a love for composing and performing music.

Outside of school I am an active person. I enjoy diving, running, kayaking, hikes and love exploring new destinations.


Music: Mr. Andrew Woodhouse

After graduating with a BA in music from the University of Leeds, specialising in contemporary composition, I gained my PGCE in education from the University of Huddersfield – in that time I taught music in several schools in the north of the UK.

I am extremely proud to be the first music teacher at the RGSGQ, where I hope to encourage a culture of musicality, with students embracing their opportunity to perform both in and outside of the classroom.  I believe in performance-led music lessons, where music can be used expressively, to build confidence and to encourage positive social interaction.

Outside of the classroom, I perform regularly with my band, have recently developed a passion for running and enjoy travelling to new places.


French: Mr. Ludovic Plouhinec

I was born in Paris and grew up in a small town in the northwest of France, in Brittany. During my childhood I had the opportunity to travel in Europe with my family. Travelling abroad helped me open and broaden my mind. That’s why I decided to study foreign languages later in university. During my degree I had the opportunity to work in Spain and London.

After graduating, I decided to leave France and train as a teacher in Bristol. Then I taught French and Spanish in two Grammar schools near London, and Canterbury in Kent. It was a great experience where I learned so much and met really interesting and nice people from different cultures! However, after a few wonderful years in the UK I felt it was time for me to go back to “La Bretagne” Brittany in France where I worked as a certified teacher for a few years.

I do feel like a citizen of the world and for that reason I decided to move to Qatar, as I was really interested in experiencing a new culture and to work in an international environment. I am really proud to be part of RGS and its diverse community.

Outside of the classroom, I enjoy being active, going to the gym and travelling to new places. My other interests include making sweet and savory crepes, going to cafés, watching international movies and reading the news online.


French/Spanish: Mrs. Cristina Correa

I graduated from Exeter University in 2013 and went on to do a Masters in France. I was still not sure what I wanted to do professionally and decided to work as a nanny for a Year in New York. Turned out I absolutely love working with children and I have never stopped working with them since. 

I left nannying a couple of years ago to travel around Mexico, I enjoyed it so much that I decided to stay and I got a job teaching English and Spanish to adults at large companies in Mexico City. It was an amazing experience and I realised how much I enjoy teaching languages, but I missed working with children.

I moved back to the UK to get my PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages and have been working in secondary schools in London for the past two years before coming to RGSGQ. What I love the most about teaching is that I get to share my passion and love of languages every day with my students. 

Outside of school, I thoroughly enjoy going for long walks, baking, reading and of course travelling

Head of Arabic and Islamic Studies: Mrs Saffa Ghabbach

My name is Safaa Ghabbach, from Lebanon, I graduated from the Lebanese University, Faculty of Education, Arabic language and social studies.

After my graduation, I moved to Canada where I joined an English school during the week days to improve my language skills (in addition to my French knowledge). I eventually went on to teach Arabic language to non-Arabic speakers.

When I left Canada and came to Qatar, I started my teaching trip in an independent Qatari school having gained the necessary experience to start the real education journey in schools. Following that I joined the French-Qatari school, Voltaire, (where my children are currently studying) and taught the Arabic language curriculum and Social studies. I then worked at Newton School for a while before joining the elegant Royal Grammar School. At RGSGQ the teacher has the feeling like that of a student; comfort, safety and joy. Education in my opinion is an integral part of our lives, it starts from childhood and leads us to infinity.

In my view, education is the quality of achievement and the outcome that the child receives within the potential of each individual. I am proud of my job, because the teacher is there to provide the necessary knowledge to create future generations and leaders; and I am proud to be a mom of every child in my class before I am a teacher. Here begins the progress of the nation and its prosperity.

Out of school I take care of my small family: my husband and my three children. My hobbies are listening to quiet music, shopping, walking, and building social relationships with all segments of society.


Arabic and Islamic Studies: Mrs Randa Khair

I was born in Kuwait in 1989. I began studying at Qatar University in 2007, specializing in Arabic language and literature. Shortly after graduating, I got married.
It’s always been a dream of mine to study the Arabic language, as it opens up many doors.

Now I am very happy to join the RGSGQ team, as I hope to teach the pupils, whom I consider little angels and builders of the future. I will do my best to educate and look after and connect them with accurate and clear information.

In my spare time, I do my best to take care of my husband and my children, traveling, and cooking.


Arabic and Islamic Studies: Mrs Razan Amoun

My name is Razan Amoun and I was born on 15/04/1995, in Lebanon. In 2016 I graduated from the Beirut Arabic University, Faculty of Business Banking and Finance. I speak three languages; Arabic, French and English.

While studying at university I attended various educational courses which inspired my love of teaching. After graduation, I found my first job as an Arabic teacher in Inayah School in Lebanon where I stayed for one year. Then my husband’s job brought us to Qatar where I am in love with my new role as an Arabic teacher to non-Arabic speakers, in my second home, RGSGQ. I’ve been married for two years and I am a mom to my eight-month old boy named Adam.

I have traveled to France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Syria; and as well as travelling, it’s shopping, reading and cooking that makes me happy.

My Quote: A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart.


Arabic and Islamic Studies: Suzan Jouda

My name is Suzan, born and raised in Russia. I moved to Palestine later on where I completed my bachelor’s degree from the college of education in 2017.

As a fresh graduate, I’ve always been keen to upgrade and improve my abilities; I’ve completed multiple training courses related to teaching and English skills. In addition to my Arabic mother tongue, I am able to communicate in both English and Russian languages.

Working with children has always been fascinating to me, it’s a dream come true.

In addition to my passion towards those little angels, being a Mum of two beautiful and lovely daughters has given me a huge experience in understanding children’s emotions and behavior, which in turn makes me a better teacher.

In my spare time, I like reading and watching movies.

Arabic and Islamic Studies: Mrs Shrouq Al-Jariri

My name is Shrouq Al Jariri, from Jordan, where I graduated from the Jordan University, Faculty of Education, Arabic language.

I moved to Qatar in 2007 and since then I started my journey in teaching both Arabic and Islamic studies. My experience included working in IP Curriculum and independent government schools. It was my pleasure joining RGSGQ; from day one I felt like I was in my second home, as I was surrounded with a great team and a comfortable environment, my vision is that it’s going to be a fruitful year.

I am so proud to be a Mom of two amazing children who joined RGSGQ this year, whom I share with my supportive husband. My family has always been a major influence in my life.

My hobbies are shopping, travelling and listening to soft music. I have a passion for cooking and spend great time with my friends.

Arabic and Islamic Studies: Mrs Ranim Termanini

My name is Raneem Termanini and I am from Syria. I am a graduate of Arabic literature from Aleppo University. For the past five years I have been working in Qatar as a teacher of Arabic language and Islamic education. This year I joined RGSGQ and I am happy and enjoying my work at this school.
I am a proud mom of two children whom I share with my supportive husband. My hobbies are reading and shopping.

SENCO: Mrs Sarah Downs

After graduating from York University, I travelled to Chongqing, China to teach English. This ignited a passion for both teaching, travelling, and experiencing new cultures. Returning to the UK, I completed a PGCE in Primary Education and a foundation degree in Mandarin Chinese.

After a brief period teaching in the UK, the lure of international teaching beckoned and I have enjoyed working in classrooms in both China and Thailand. Whilst in a role as Head of Early Years, my interest in the early identification of additional needs and interventions led me to diversify and gain an MA in SEN and Inclusion. I am keen to ensure that all children have the opportunity to succeed and be the best they can be, regardless of their level of need.

Outside of the classroom, I enjoy quality time with my young daughters and family, travelling to new places and if I have the opportunity spend some time on my yoga mat!


SEN Assistant: Janine Muller

I grew up in KwaZulu Natal in South Africa with my parents and older brother. School holidays were spent with family, often hiking in the Drakensburg mountains. After I completed my schooling I studied Occupational Therapy, completing my compulsory community service in a rural area bordering Mozambique, a truly memorable experience. Thereafter, I entered hospital based work where my passion for neuro-rehabilitation and paediatrics grew. I furthered my studies in these fields and finally opened my own practice in South Africa before following my husband to Qatar in 2012.

Since then I have worked in a number of settings as an Occupational Therapist and Nursery Teacher. My son, Noah, Joined the school in 2017 and I followed him in 2018 as a Teaching Assistant in year 5. My youngest son has joined the school into nursery this year.

I am passionate about helping children reach their best potential and believe that every child is unique and has special qualities, we just need to help them realise them. I look forward to working with Mrs. Downs in the Learning Support Department at RGSGQ.

Lab Technician: Mrs Katherine Slipher

I was born in Portland, Oregon USA. I lived all over the world growing up as the daughter of a diplomat, and learned the love of travel.

I earned two degrees at Oregon State University, a BA in physical anthropology and a BS in Biology.
Before moving to Qatar, I worked in pathology and biomedical research.

I love sports such as swimming, basketball, cycling, and downhill skiing. I have had three lovely children since living in Qatar.

Librarian: Mrs Charito Gutierrez

I am from Philippines, married and with four children. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Psychology. I practiced my profession in Human Resources for four years, but my interest for working with children has taken me to the field of education. To be a licensed professional teacher, I pursued a course in education and managed to pass the licensure examination for teachers. I have been working in various schools for more than 10 years now.

I am proud to be part of distinctively reputable RGSGQ and grateful to be its librarian. Being around books has brought a wonderful environment for the pupils, fostering a love of reading. The good camaraderie we have built has given me more enthusiasm to fulfill the librarian's tasks, thus I make sure that everyone steps in the library will get the stunning book and my sincerest assistance.

When I am not working, I constantly communicate with my sons in the Philippines, to regularly on check them and spend time with my daughter, who is with me here in Doha. I help her with her revision, watch movies, and run at Aspire, sing karaoke and dance once in a while. I treasure being here in Qatar, but always look forward to seeing my home country and I hope to one day visit my sister and brother in Sweden and Italy.


Librarian: Mrs Edita Santos

I am originally from the Philippines. I studied Bachelor of Elementary Education and specialised in Early Childhood Education. A few years after obtaining my Professional Teaching License, I practiced my profession for a year in Montessori. I decided to move to Qatar and taught in the Jordanian School for Girls.

I learned to love the diversity of culture and people living here.

I love to travel with my husband to different places or countries that help me appreciate the beauty of nature. During my spare time I read books and watch movies. This time I want to explore the world of books which I believe, as Jacqueline Kennedy said, "There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all". 

Teaching Assitants

Mrs Maricel Maesa Castillo, Mrs Analaine D. Ferreras, Mrs Reyscie Gois, Mrs Mary Abuda, Miss Sittie Malaco, Miss Marilyn Yap, Mrs Jehnna Galura, Mrs Chona Dimaculangan, Miss Monique Javier, Mrs Shruthi Valappil, Mrs Sarah Louise Marett, Mrs Roselle Adversalo, Mrs Maybelen Bodonal, Mrs Alma Delos Reyes, Mrs Marcy Tindugan, Mrs Corazon Razan, Mrs Sharone Castro, Miss Raveena Gollamandala, Miss Lani Barbosa, Miss Doris Magbanua, Miss Julie Galigao, Mrs Mariam Funilas , Mrs Mary Campomanes, Mrs Temitayo Opasina, Mrs Dhrisya Raghunath, Mrs Glaina Miranda, Miss Sittie Malaco, Mrs Carolyn Bautista, Miss Johayra Altamarino, Mrs Edaline Corvera, Mrs Leisette Elevera, Mrs Katherine Slipher

Nurse: Mrs Odessa Abanilla

I am a registered nurse originally from the Philippines and have been practicing my profession for quite some time now. I graduated from the Lyceum of the Philippines University in Batangas, in 2005 and successfully qualified and obtained my Professional Licence a few months after I graduated.

I worked and served within my own country for five years as a Head Nurse, both in the Emergency Department and Medical Surgical ward before heading overseas for the first time to Saudi Arabia in 2010, where I was assigned as a Pediatric Emergency Nurse for two years. This opportunity opened up my passion and interest for child care. This journey of love continued when I was hired as one of the first Pediatric Emergency Nurses in Al Ahli Hospital in Doha in 2013.

And now, I am proud to say that I was the first School Nurse to be employed at the RGS way back in 2016, where the School and the clinic started up from scratch. I have had the opportunity of witnessing the challenging ups and downs of the School before it became what to what it is today.

Outside school, I used to sew, paint, and do different art works until my precious daughter arrived in April 2018, and now most of my time is spent with her and my husband.

Nurse: Miss. Renzielle Buagas

'Miss Renz” turned to “Nurse Renz” as children often call me at school. I’m a Filipina, graduated from San Pedro College in 2011, in my hometown Davao city. I passed the nursing board exam in December 2011, then started working as a private tutor in English in the afternoons and practiced training as an ophthalmology operating nurse in the mornings. I then became a fulltime nurse and assisted with Eye surgeries in the hospital and also in missionary surgeries, with organisations such as Operation Smile, HALAD and others. Following that I transferred to the emergency department.

Although I enjoyed working in the surgical theatre departments, in 2014, I moved to a government hospital, working within the operating and delivery room for two years to gain more experience. I then decided to have a new adventure which lead me to Qatar. In 2016 I worked in a homecare company, where I gained experience within a school, a company and worked with critical case patients amongst others. Eventually I found my way to RGS in 2018, where I initially worked as a Teaching Assistant before applying for the role of school nurse.

I love movies, sports and to travel and try new adventures. I have a positive outlook in life, and I am contented somehow with where life has led me.

Head of Admissions and Marketing: Miss Tamara Cain-Alie

I grew up in London and have lived there all my life before moving to Qatar in May 2016.

After Graduating from the University of Roehampton in Psychology and Counselling, I decided to pursue a career in Finance. I initially relocated to Qatar in 2016 to continue my career in Finance but soon learned that I wanted a change. I was seeking a new working environment that was fun, where no day was the same and that could offer personal growth - and where better to find these things than in a school!

I love the food, culture and weather in Qatar- even surprisingly when its super-hot outside, it beats the often grey sky in London! I am pleased to be a part of the admissions team for such a reputable school and look forward to the years ahead.

In my free time I love to travel and have been fortunate to visit both Bali and India this year and often enjoy visiting friends and family back home in the UK. I enjoy baking and love to shop, you will often find me in the Mall of Qatar in my free time.

My favorite quote: “A ship in harbor is safe but that is not what it is built for”.


Admissions Officer: Mrs Imane El-Bouayadi

Hello, my name is Imane, I was born in Rabat, in Morocco, where I completed my studies in Experimental Science.

My dream has always been to work in an international school. I started my career as a teacher in primary school, where I taught French language and Mathematics. Six years later, I joined my husband here in Doha where I worked as a Kids Club and Recreation Supervisor and also gained further experience within five-star hotels as a designated trainer. Throughout my career, I have completed several courses, such as ‘TK’ (Teaching Kids knowledge) which included classroom management, at the International House Institute; EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) and CELTA Level 1 in French language, at the French Institute in Qatar. Additionally, I have Fire Warden and First Aid certificates. I also worked in an administration role at a Montessori nursery before finding my dream role at the RGSGQ, where I work as an admissions officer and ministry coordinator. I’m extremely proud of my role here especially being part of a wonderful team and environment.

Outside of school I enjoy shopping, travelling, reading and caring for my little family.


Head’s PA: Mrs Judith Jones

I am originally from South Wales in the UK and as soon as I’d graduated from art college I headed to Paris, France, to work as an illustrator and design assistant. I eventually returned to London; and soon after, I met my husband, then decided on a complete career change before heading overseas on our first expat’ posting.

I think I qualify as a long term British expatriate having lived and worked in the Caribbean, Bahrain, Syria, Russia (where I qualified to teach English as a foreign language) and I first arrived in Qatar in 2010, working as a writer/editor for two regional publications. This provided an opportunity to meet, interview and write about numerous interesting people, local and expatriate; and I appreciate being surrounded by and working with a spectrum of cultures and nationalities.

I’m proud to say I’m the first employee that RGSGQ enrolled; 20th March 2016, I became PA to the Head of School. From that first day, witnessing the creation of a brand new school come to life has been a colourful, rollercoaster of a journey; packed with challenges, dramas, achievements and rewards and I’ve learned far more than I expected to along the way.

When I’m not at the School, I love reading and sketching; and Qatar feeds my passion for art with its countless exhibitions; also I continue to write freelance articles, having a wealth of topics right on my doorstep; and there are all those malls . . . and all those restaurants . . . and of course there is always the gym, which is constantly on my ‘to do’ list.


Marketing Executive: Mr. Adnan Abusoud

Greetings! My name is Adnan Abusoud and I am from Chicago, Illinois in the United States. I am pleased to serve the RGSGQ community in my role as the Head of Marketing.

Before commencing my international journey, I studied Political Science at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois a small suburb 20 minutes outside of Chicago. Upon graduating, I decided to move to Qatar with my family and accepted a position at Qatar University, recruiting for their Admin staff. I feel honored to work with such a diverse and dynamic group of students, staff, and teachers at RGSGQ.

I enjoy spending time with my dog, kayaking, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, basketball, football, reading and traveling.


Admin Support: Mr. Noufal Thazhathu Veettil

I am originally from the Southern part of India. After graduating in commerce, I completed a diploma in Graphic Design and then worked as a designer in India for three years, in various fields, before my move to Qatar where I initially took up work as a photographer alongside a designer.

I am so glad to be working in the educational sector and I am proud of my work. I am delighted to start a new chapter with the Royal Grammar School. It has been a marvellous experience so far and I enjoy working as a support to the admin team.

In my free time, I like to do Art work and I love to draw portraits of people and nature in Pencil, Watercolour and Oil painting. I also love to cook and like to create some of my own recipes, whilst also using YouTube for inspiration.

I like to watch horror and thriller movies and I thoroughly enjoy listening to music, especially from Bollywood and Hollywood.


IT-Senior System Administrator: Mr. Madhan Joy

After pursuing a Computer Science and Engineering degree in India I started my journey in the field of Information Technology as IT Support with a private company in India, utilizing my academic professional knowledge for two years.

I initially flew to Qatar in 2010 and joined an advertising company where I worked for a year. Subsequently, I joined my second company in Qatar and committed myself for 6 years wherein I have been able to further strengthen my technical acumen and developed skills in IT. This knowledge has enabled me to operate in servers and networks and master multiple IT skills like virtualization etc. Throughout this period of employment, I gained experience of working in numerous environments such as Aviation, Education, Automobiles, Trading, manufacturing and contracting, Maritime, Sports and fitness. It was a wonderful opportunity for me.

Having worked in the education sector with more than 3000 students and 500 teachers and staff, I can say that I am equipped in fulfilling the RGSGQ vision and mission in the field of Information Technology support. I feel honored and proud to be part of RGSGQ, in being able to contribute not only my ideas from my previous experiences but my general passion for innovation for the success of the organization. The people and environment in RGSGQ are amazing and very welcoming.

Some of my favorite leisure activities aside from family quality time are reading books, music, movies, and travelling. During my spare time, I am always engaged in sports activities such as football, badminton, volleyball, swimming and running. Also, I keep learning new technologies and courses online to keep me updated on my profession.


IT Officer: Mr Prem Reginald

I am originally from a coastal village in south India. Having completed my diploma in Computer Science I started my career as an IT technician in India and worked there for over eight years. I then decided to move to Qatar in 2017 in order to increase my career growth, and so I joined an interior design company as an IT support. Following that I was given the opportunity to work as an IT officer at RGS where I am gaining good experience, working amongst children in an educational environment; and I feel happy to be part of the RGS family.

My hobbies are hearing good music, basketball, computer games and I enjoy singing my favorite songs.

School Drivers

Mr. Mohammed Ajahar, Mr. Ibrahim Husein Ali and Mr Sirajul Islam Miah