Rachael Giles

I am Rachael Giles, the Founding Principal of Noya British School.

I am originally from the UK and am an accomplished and passionate educator with a diverse background in the field of education. I completed my teaching qualification at the University of Bristol in 2004 and started my teaching career as a Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) teacher. I steadily progressed to a Middle Leadership role within the Cabot Learning Federation in Bristol by 2009. In 2013, I made a significant move to the UAE with my family, where I assumed a Senior Leadership role in a prominent GEMS school in Dubai.

My dedication and leadership skills led me to become a School Principal in Abu Dhabi in 2021 where I was successful in moving the school’s ADEK rating from Good to Very Good within the first year...

My leadership qualifications include a Master's Degree in Education, a National Professional Qualification in Headship (NPQH) from the UK, and an Executive MBA in Strategic Leadership from the Quantic School of Business and Technology in Washington D.C. My academic background reflects a commitment to continuous professional development and a focus on educational leadership.

Throughout my career, I have consistently demonstrated a proven track record in strategic school improvement, achieving high-quality outcomes for students, and a strong commitment to high-impact leadership. As the Principal of Noya British School, I believe in providing an inclusive, nurturing, and inspiring learning environment for students to flourish, take risks, and become future leaders.

I am married and have three children, all of whom have successfully graduated from reputable universities in the UK.

Our Team

Tammy Elimlahi
Tammy Elimlahi
Assistant Principal

I am Tammy Elimlahi, currently serving as the Assistant Principal for Noya British School. With over 15 years of experience in Early Years and Primary Education, I’ve built a solid foundation that fuels my journey towards impactful leadership and educational excellence. In addition to my extensive experience, I hold the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL), further enhancing my leadership capabilities.

My professional journey has been enriched by eight years of exceptional experience in Abu Dhabi, where I’ve embraced a spectrum of leadership roles. These roles have nurtured my ability to strategise, innovate, and lead with a strong focus on student achievement and teaching and learning.

Throughout my career, I’ve been at the forefront of initiatives shaping teaching and learning. I’ve successfully orchestrated the design and implementation of a number of School Improvement programmes, underscoring my drive to cultivate a culture of continuous improvement and innovative teaching methodologies.

In an ever-evolving landscape, I prioritise staying abreast of cutting-edge research and best practices to ensure that my leadership approach is rooted in 21st-century skills. I aim to elevate educational standards through transformative leadership and quality-first strategies. As an educational leader, I am deeply committed to fostering a student-centric environment by prioritising personalised learning, tailoring educational experiences to individual needs and empowering students to thrive in a way that aligns with their unique strengths and interests.

My commitment to professional growth, innovative strategies, and fostering an ethos of success fuels my aspiration to bring about a positive impact in the realm of Education. As Assistant Principal, I am a driving force for growth, embodying a vision for educational excellence at Noya British School.

Michelle Cronin
Michelle Cronin
Head of Key Stage 1

My name is Michelle Cronin and I am delighted to be Head of Key Stage 1 at Noya British School. I am married with one child, and I am originally from Ireland. I graduated in 2012 with a BA Honours Degree in Primary Education with QTS at Trinity Saint David’s University, Wales, UK, before moving to London to begin my teaching career. I relocated to the UAE in 2015 and thoroughly enjoyed familiarising myself with new cultures and traditions. My passion and leadership skills led to three internal promotions where I loved taking on new and rewarding roles. At my most recent school, I was a proud member of the Senior leadership team where I got to work with wonderful students, staff and families from all over the world. I have had many happy years working in the UAE and I take great pride in representing and leading within a school community, with the children at the heart of all decisions.

My priority is to develop a nurturing and inspiring environment where children feel safe, valued and eager to embark on their educational journey. I aspire to instill in every child a sense of wonder and excitement with engaging, creative and personalised lessons. Together, with the incredible Primary team, we aim to cultivate an inclusive school where students thrive academically, socially and emotionally.

I very much look forward to meeting with you and having the chance to show you what our school has to offer.

Michelle Cronin
Ayesha Mirza
Head of Key Stage 2

I am Ayesha Mirza, Head of Key Stage 2. I am very excited to be part of the founding team at Noya! I have a BA (Hons) first class degree in Childhood Studies and a PGCE specialising in Primary education. I am originally from England, in the UK. With ten years of teaching experience, I have quickly progressed to roles of responsibility as a middle leader where I have led subjects for the last six years. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching pupils in Birmingham primary schools from various backgrounds and needs, collaborating with colleagues and working with parents. I have extensive experience teaching pupils in Key Stage 2 and pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and English as an Additional Language (EAL) needs. My passion for excellence has led to high levels of pupil progress, two internal promotions as a subject leader and an additional role as a Specialist SATS marker. Over the last three years, I have been employed as a Specialist Reading SATS Marker for Key Stage 2 national tests in England

As a middle leader, I have developed the curriculum for Music and Science, improved assessment strategies, introduced new teaching strategies and ensured that my subjects were progressive throughout the Key Stages. I have improved teaching practices and have worked with colleagues to raise attainment levels. I have also led a Peer Review of Science including two other schools which was extremely successful. Due to my strong leadership skills, I have successfully mentored/supported teaching students (BA) and Early Career Teachers (ECTs) and when needed, experienced teachers with planning and delivering high quality lessons rich in learning opportunities.

As Head of Key Stage 2 at Noya, I aim for excellence, creativity and endeavor to instill a passion for learning in all pupils. I look forward to seeing all pupils flourish, reach their fullest potential and thoroughly enjoy school life. I aim to ensure a nurturing, progressive environment where pupils feel safe to take risks, grow and further challenge themselves. I will work closely with pupils to promote good values, mutual respect for all and an intrinsic motivation to succeed. With a team of carefully selected, highly ambitious teaching staff, I will ensure all pupils make good and or excellent progress through high quality education. In order to achieve success, it is vital that parents and carers are fully involved with their child’s education. I look forward to the opportunity of working with parents and the wider community to achieve success together.

Amani Saleh
Amani Saleh
Head of Inclusion

I am Amani Saleh, Head of Inclusion at Noya British School. I consider myself a passionate educator, with a blend of experience and skills, as well as a commitment to fostering an inclusive educational environment which promotes wellbeing and an overall sense of achievement and success so that each pupil can thrive.

I hold degrees in Psychology and Language Pathology, in addition to a teaching diploma and a certificate in Special Educational Needs Coordination. Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of working as a Speech and Language Therapist as well as a Learning Support/Inclusion Teacher and Coordinator.With over 15 years of experience in inclusive education, I have developed an understanding of learning styles and needs and firmly believe that, when the right support is in place, pupils, regardless of their abilities or challenges, can access the curriculum at their own pace and progress to reach their potential.

I strongly believe in a collaborative approach with a focus on the holistic development of every child, where working with parents, teachers and external specialists not only leads to improved academic outcomes, but also creates a supportive community where everyone is committed to the success of each individual pupil. Together with colleagues at Noya British School, we aim to create a supportive and enriching educational journeys for all our pupils.

Cherice Thompson
Cherice Thompson
Head of Early Years

I am Cherice Thompson, and as the Head of EYFS, I have a diverse background in Early Childhood and Key Stage One education. I am passionate about fostering educational excellence and nurturing young minds. I completed my teaching qualifications in the UK, including a PGCE degree and QTS status.

My vision for our department is to create an innovative, nurturing, and stimulating environment where every child feels valued and inspired to reach their full potential. We aim to foster holistic development through a balanced integration of the British EYFS curriculum alongside Reggio Emilia approaches, ensuring a comprehensive and engaging approach to early childhood education.

Our commitment to personalized learning lies at the heart of our educational philosophy. By tailoring educational experiences to meet the unique needs and strengths of each student, we empower our students to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. Our focus is on creating a student-centered environment that prioritizes individual growth and fosters a love for learning.

To achieve this, we are dedicated to continuous improvement, collaboration, and teamwork. These are central to our approach, fostering a supportive community where teachers, students, and parents work together to achieve shared goals.

We strive for excellence in all aspects of our department, from curriculum development and student assessment to parent involvement. By maintaining high standards and embracing innovative teaching methodologies, we ensure that our practices are aligned with the best practices in education.

Ayesha Mirza
Mai Al Zubri
Head of MOE Subjects

I hold a degree in Arabic Language and Literature from the University of Mota in Jordan, a Professional Diploma in Teaching from Abu Dhabi University, and a Diploma in Advanced Instructional Leadership from the Queen Rania Teacher Academies. I am originally from Jordan but moved to the UAE in 2004. I have worked in a variety of schools in Abu Dhabi and am looking forward to joining Noya British School in August.

As the Head of MOE Department at Noya British School, we, as a team, strive to deliver an exceptional educational experience that seamlessly integrates education with real-world application. With years of collective experience and collaborative efforts, we aim to cultivate an interactive and inspiring learning environment for our students. Our vision is to embed education deeply into everyday life, empowering our students to understand Arabic language more profoundly and apply it confidently across various domains. We are an integral part of the learning and growth journey at Noya School, working together towards success and excellence.