Deira International School, owned and operated by Al Futtaim Education Foundation, has announced the appointment of Mrs. Ruth Burke to the position of Director, starting from Academic Year 2018/2019, as current Director, Mr. Jeff Smith, has decided to step down after serving six successful years in the school and contributing to its great achievements.

Deira International School offers a world-class international education at one of the region’s most outstanding campuses with more than 1,600 students representing over 80 nationalities. The School follows an English National Curriculum model leading to the Cambridge Board IGCSE examinations in Year 11 and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) in Year 13. Its external examination results are outstanding and notably above the world averages, with graduates attending some of the best universities across the world.

“Al Futtaim Education Foundation is extremely pleased to have Ruth as Director of Deira International School.  We are certain that the experience and quality she brings will take the school to the next level of outstanding performance, and help the students to achieve their full potential,” said Fadi Hammadeh, Board Member, Al Futtaim Education Foundation.

Ruth brings to Deira International School a wealth of experience having spent over 17 years in the education sector in Dubai, with particular focus on implementing detailed performance measurement and assessment for each student and staff member, in order to raise the standards of academic achievement and improve the quality of learning and teaching.

“I’m delighted to take up the position of Director at Deira International School. Together with the School’s Leadership team, we are committed to ensuring students are given every opportunity to experience exceptional learning opportunities in enabling environments – safe, happy, challenged and successful,” said Ruth.

Prior to joining Deira International School, Ruth was Principal and CEO at GEMS Wellington International School for the past three years. Before that, she held several positions at Jumeriah English Speaking School, joining in 2001 and departing as a highly valued Head Teacher in 2015.

Ruth hails from Ireland and holds a Master of Arts, Education and Leadership Management, from the University of Bath in the UK.