Assistant Principal KS1 Leader / Whole School Inclusion
Amanda holds a BSc (Hons) in Human Sciences from the University of Sussex and a subsequent PGCE in Primary Education, which she completed in 2011 at the University of Manchester. Whilst studying, Amanda completed placements in Manchester, Oldham and Rochdale. In 2015, Amanda completed a NaSENCo Award, which qualifies her to lead the provision of students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. In 2021, she completed her National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) while working in Dubai.
Following the completion of her PGCE, Amanda worked as a teacher in Oldham, UK in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 at a school with a significant number of disadvantaged pupils. She remained there for five years and became the school's SENCo, working closely with the pastoral team. This is where Amanda's passion for Inclusive Education and well-being began. In 2016, Amanda moved to Dubai and worked as a Head of Inclusion and Assistant Principal at another British curriculum school, where she worked for three years. Amanda then joined Horizon International School in 2019 as an Assistant Principal responsible for Inclusion, Safeguarding, and Key Stage 1.
Amanda is passionate about inclusive education and believes all children deserve access to a well-planned, suitably challenging curriculum. She also loves working within Key Stage 1, where the teachers work tirelessly to ensure that the lessons are exciting and that children have awe-inspiring hooks into their learning. Amanda believes that, first and foremost, children need to feel happy, safe and comfortable when they walk into their classroom to be empowered to use their mistakes as learning opportunities.