Senior Leadership Team

David Flint

Principal

Originally from the UK, David has extensive experience as an educational leader specialising in the UK and IB curricula in Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Malaysia and the UAE. He has worked within, led and developed established schools and start-ups with rolls ranging from 400 to over 3000 pupils in the 3-18 age range. David has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Staffordshire University (UK) and Master’s degrees in Transportation, IT and Education from the University of Hong Kong. He has enjoyed previous careers in the UK military and  transport planning in the Far East.

Jonathan Pennock

Head of Secondary

Originally from the UK, Jonathan is a graduate of Loughborough University where he read Mathematics before completing his teacher training at the University of Nottingham. Prior to joining SVS, he was the Deputy Head teacher of the Secondary School at Dubai British School, an appointment he held for the last 8 years. Jonathan is a strongly pastoral educator but one who also has extensive experience in assessment, progress, tracking and reporting. He holds the UK’s National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) and is currently completing a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership with the University of Bath. Jonathan is both experienced and passionate about pupil achievement in all its forms. A keen sportsman, Jonathan has competed at club level in football, tennis, cricket, and volleyball and is a qualified Volleyball coach and referee.

Samuel Holiday

Head of Primary

Sam is an established Head of Primary with seven years of Senior Leadership in the UAE, reflected by his National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership and a strong track record in purposeful Curriculum, Learning and Teaching strategies and Assessment. He has a strong background in modern education, consulting on a unique global professional learning platform for children and leading professional development clusters across Dubai.

Laura Stokes

Head of Inclusion

Laura is an established leader of Inclusion with a Post Graduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs and a National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership. Laura previously established the Inclusion Department in a British school in Dubai and is using her knowledge and experience to build an inclusive ethos at South View School.

Nidhi Dahiya

HR Manager and Health & Safety Officer

Nidhi has long experience in HR and Technology management in the education sector with her role including a variety of independent units across the UAE. An experienced leader, Nidhi works closely with both admin and educational teams in ensuring that all are well resourced through recruitment of quality staff,  welfare support and continuous professional development.