Nicole Haynes

Principal/CEO GEMS Westminster School Ras Al Khaimah

Nicole has been the Principal/CEO of GEMS Westminster School Ras Al Khaimah, since August 2020, she was previously the Vice Principal for two years. Nicole arrived in the UAE from the UK in January 2018 where she was Principal of City of London Academy Highgate Hill, located in the London Borough of Islington.
Nicole is committed to providing a first-class education for all students, which will enable them to progress onto sustainable opportunities in their future careers. Nicole is passionate about making a difference and she strongly believes that high-quality education will open doors, eradicate inequalities, promotes social mobility and break through glass ceilings.
Nicole has been an educator for 21 years and a senior leader for 16 years, she is a qualified teacher of Business and ICT and has taught across all key stages. She sees it as her duty to provide quality education for all, through decisive leadership, nurturing talent, providing academic excellence with real progression routes for young people. Her strengths lie in crafting successful futures for young people by raising achievement and developing aspirations.
Her expertise is in curriculum design and development, e-learning, staff professional development, improving academic standards, educational leadership, inclusion and pastoral care.
As a senior leader, Nicole has a relentless commitment to improving standards of learning and teaching that embraces innovative practice supported by the latest technologies. She has an unwavering commitment to the highest of expectations in terms of attitudes for learning amongst her students and to the highest professional standards amongst all adults.

Nicole is passionate about developing people and more importantly supporting marginalised groups to realise their potential by providing training, coaching and developing their self-confidence to apply for leadership roles.

Nicole believes leadership which models the way, defines and builds a culture and ethos of openness, integrity and mutual responsibility amongst all members of the community, which is built on high-quality relationships and the celebration of success.

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