SISD appoints a new Deputy Head of Boarding

Matt Henman joins U.A.E.’s Top Swiss Boarding School in the U.A.E. from Harrow International in China.

As Swiss International School Dubai continues to see a significant increase in boarders, the school has appointed a new Deputy Head of Boarding

Joining from his current position as Director of Boarding at Harrow International School in Haikou, China, Matt Henman has more than ten years of experience in teaching and pastoral care in the U.K. and U.A.E., as well as experience in commercial leadership.

Ashley Fitzgibbons, SISD. Head of Boarding says: “I am thrilled for Matt to join us at SISD. as Deputy Head of Boarding. We have seen our boarding offers grow over the last two years as Dubai secures a reputation as one of the world’s safest and most dynamic multicultural cities. Matthew brings his strong pastoral and boarding background with him to further enhance the experience our students have in Zurich and Geneva houses.

I look forward to working together to ensure our students have the B.E.S.T. (the school’s core values – Bilingualism, Excellence, Sustainability, and Togetherness) boarding experience.”

Matt’s experience as a Director of Boarding will support the school in taking the boarding provision to new levels of excellence. As the only boarding school offering the IB program and bilingual pathways in the region, S.I.S.D. is unique in its’ positioning and has experienced significant growth in boarding demand over the last 12 months. 

Henman’s appointment is a logical step to ensure the school’s boarding services remain world-class.

Henman says: “As a passionate educator and sportsman, SISD is undoubtedly a unique and exciting school to join. I am delighted to be returning to the U.A.E. and supporting the growth of one of the most modern and innovative boarding environments globally as they continue its mission to be recognized as one of the world’s leading boarding schools. 

“The growth and interest in boarding at SISD is a testament to the team’s passion and vision to offer a unique boarding environment at the heart of the Middle East, in one of the safest and most cosmopolitan countries in the world.”

Matt holds a Master of Science Degree in Sports Psychology, a Bachelor of Science in Sports Coaching, and Qualified Teacher Status (U.K.). He’s also a UEFA Licensed Football Coach and is recognized as a Physical Education Lead Trainer with the UAE Ministry of Education.

Swiss International Scientific School Dubai offers the quality for which Swiss education is known, with an International Baccalaureate Programme that prepares students for universities worldwide and bilingual instruction in English and French or German. 

SISD provides a unique campus experience, with playing fields, sports halls, gyms, and even an Olympic-sized swimming pool for students to use both during school and afterward, even on weekends. SISD isn’t just a place to study – it’s a place for students to call home, too.

It features state-of-the-art educational facilities that rival those of boarding schools in Switzerland. SISD offers a compelling case for parents who want the best international education for their children.

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