Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Celebrating a remarkable journey to educational excellence, Brighton College Dubai proudly acknowledges the pivotal role played by its stable and steadfast leadership team. Since its opening in 2018, the premier British curriculum school in Dubai has consistently demonstrated its unwavering commitment to academic brilliance for its pupils, supported by an exceptional team of teachers and staff.

In a region, where leadership turnovers in schools are commonplace, Brighton College Dubai stands out as a beacon of stability and enduring leadership. Global research underscores the critical role of school leadership in achieving success and effectiveness1 and Headteachers, identified as the primary source of leadership by key school staff, shape the internal processes and pedagogies that contribute to improved pupil outcomes2.

Under the visionary guidance of Head Master, Simon Crane, Brighton College Dubai has prioritised the College’s long-term success, through the holistic development of its pupils and retention of its dedicated leadership team. Having previously served as the Head of Senior School and Deputy Head Master at Brighton College Abu Dhabi, Mr Crane has been an integral part of Brighton College family of schools for 11 years. His continued presence has played an instrumental role in empowering pupils to achieve exceptional academic results and preparing them for a lifetime of success. As a Brighton parent as well, Mr Crane fully understands the impact an authentic Brighton College education can have on the pupils. 

Successful school leaders define success not only in terms of test and examination results but also in personal and social outcomes, pupil and staff motivation, engagement and wellbeing, the quality of teaching and learning and the school’s contribution to the community, according to a report3. As Head Master, Mr Crane has implemented various programmes, including the establishment of a strong community, prioritising wellbeing, promoting financial literacy, navigating inspections with excellence and the successful launch of the Sixth Form. Which School Advisor has crowned Brighton College Dubai as ‘Best New School in the UAE 2018-2024’ and the College has also achieved Outstanding in all areas of the British Schools Overseas report, as well as outstanding GCSE and A-Level results. These accomplishments reflect the College’s commitment to providing a well-rounded education that goes beyond academics.

Speaking on his role over the years and plans for the upcoming school year, Mr Simon Crane, Head Master of Brighton College Dubai saidBeing a part of Brighton College Dubai’s incredible journey has been an absolute joy. We’ve built something special here – a place where academic brilliance meets genuine care for our pupils. Looking ahead, my vision for the next school year is one of continued growth, innovation and providing an even better experience for every pupil. Together with our committed and stable leadership team, teachers and staff, we will shape a legacy of excellence, not just in classrooms but in every aspect of our pupils’ lives, setting them up for a future filled with success and happiness.”

Brighton College Dubai would not be complete without its long-standing senior leadership team who have been instrumental in steering the College toward continuous improvement and growth. Sharing the same ethos to create a family-orientated, respectful and vibrant community for all of its pupils, the leadership team includes Sarah Brannon, Head of Preparatory School, who has dedicated six years to Brighton College Dubai, bringing over 25 years of dedicated international school leadership experience to the institution. Additionally, Katy Cooke, Head of Pre-Prep and Jane Clewlow, Head of Senior School have been integral to the College’s journey with six and four years respectively. Furthermore, Joe Hall, Head of Sixth Form, brings eight years of leadership experience, having previously served at Brighton College Al Ain.

Mr Craig Lamshed, Chief Operating Officer, Brighton Colleges UAE commended the leadership’s outstanding efforts, stating“Maintaining a steadfast presence, the leadership team at Brighton College Dubai have done the hard yards, stayed engaged and evidenced tangible improvements. This is a clear reflection of the relentless pursuit of excellence and continuous enhancement that characterises Brighton College Dubai’s approach under its extended leadership and the broader commitment of the institution to provide an outstanding educational experience for its pupils.”

Brighton College Dubai’s commitment to long-term leadership significantly contributes to the establishment of a strong and consistent educational culture, benefiting pupils, teachers, and the entire school community. 


  1. Rai, Beresford-Dey, 2023, “School Leadership in the United Arab Emirates: A Scoping Review”, Sage Journals. Available at:
  2. National College for Leadership for Schools and Children’s Services, 2010, “10 strong claims about successful school leadership”. Available at:
  3. National College for Leadership for Schools and Children’s Services, 2010, “10 strong claims about successful school leadership”. Available at:

About Brighton College Dubai

Brighton College Dubai is a co-educational independent school that offers a distinctively British education to pupils aged from three to 18 years old.  As the sister school of Brighton College UK, Brighton College Dubai has strong and tangible links to England’s ‘School of the Decade’, as named in the Sunday Times Parent Power League Table 2020. The College launched its purpose-built campus in Al Barsha South in 2018 and boasts state-of-the-art facilities. The College opened the doors to its first intake of Sixth Form pupils in September 2021, representing another step towards its goal of becoming the leading British curriculum school in the Middle East.

Brighton College Dubai is operated by Bloom Education, a Bloom Holding subsidiary, and delivers the highest standard British curriculum in the UAE, as well as inspiring pupils to appreciate and value local heritage and cultural diversity. As well as Brighton College Dubai, Bloom Education operates a Brighton College campus in Al Ain and another in Abu Dhabi, with both schools rated Outstanding by the Department of Education and Knowledge.

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Bloom Education is the specialist education division of Bloom Holding established to operate world-class schools in the UAE and the wider GCC region. Bloom Education offers pupils the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential in a positive, enjoyable, stimulating and safe environment that is conducive to their intellectual, physical, emotional and social development. Bloom Education is equally committed to instilling in children an appreciation of local cultural heritage and values, as well as the values of other cultures.

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