My name is Gary Williams and I am immensely proud and delighted to inform you that I have been appointed by the Board as the new Headteacher of Victoria English School (VES) for the academic year 2021-22. I will aim to lead by example daily, creating a culture of trust and transparency coupled with extremely high standards and clear expectations.
I consider myself to be the ideal person for this role, as I will aim to bring my experience, enthusiasm and expertise to the school making a significant and valuable contribution supporting the whole community in the process. I pride myself as a team player, working with others in a supportive and professional manner creating an inclusive and vibrant working environment that is inspiring, motivating and exciting for all.
I am passionate and highly motivated to further support the journey of the school throughout the new academic year, especially as we will be preparing for the transition of moving into our new state-of-the-art campus in September 2022. I am an innovative and dynamic leader who will inspire creativity within the classroom, therefore empowering all students to fulfil and achieve their potential as learners and responsible global citizens.
As a professional educator with over 20 years of experience, I recognise the importance that all staff must collaborate in partnership with students to embed the core values of the school, ensuring that they are ingrained within the students’ attitudes towards their own personal learning and everyday life. Therefore, preparing them with an education that is fulfilling and rewarding, achieving this by imparting the necessary knowledge and skills to develop their character, personal leadership and work ethic. These qualities combined define all students to become successful, thoughtful, confident, principled and dynamic individuals within an ever-changing world.
My personal philosophy focuses upon the importance of challenging students beyond their expectations, encouraging them to take full responsibility for their actions, demonstrating respect for others in relation to their personal attitudes and behaviour. Consequently, I believe it is important that I model these qualities and lead by example. I always aim to be consistent, treating all members of the school fairly, whilst promoting high standards, challenging students and staff in a positive and productive manner. As a result, positivity, effectively promotes a safe, orderly and calm learning environment. Together, as a team it is vital that the school ethos is perceived as safe and caring.
I believe that with my experience, expertise and knowledge as a senior educator especially working here in the United Arab Emirates, has allowed me to further understand the culture and heritage of this wonderful country. As the Headteacher of VES, I would like to assure you that I will always strive and endeavor to have a constructive effect on all members of staff, students and parents, building meaningful and genuine lasting relationships. I am fully committed to my philosophy of encouraging independent learning, empowering students to take on full responsibility for their own actions and most importantly knowing how to learn from their mistakes.
I have adopted an open-door policy throughout my career, as I am always here to actively resolve any issues that may arise amicably. I very much look forward to meeting and working with you all in the new academic year. At this point in time, I would like to wish everyone a relaxed and well deserved Summer holiday.