Senior Leadership Team

Joanne Wells

Joanne Wells

Principal

Joanne is a very experienced and incredibly able British educator who joins South View from her current base in Paris, where she has been working as an educational consultant for the last year. Prior to that, Joanne was the Founding Principal of the British School of Bucharest for 13 years where she developed it from a small primary school of 70 children to a full primary and secondary school of 525+ students.

Steve Simmonds

Steve Simmonds

Assistant Head

Steve joins the South View School family after having set up the Physical Education department last year combining his role Director of Sport at SVS and Victory Heights. He has a strong background in physical education; is an executive committee member of the Dubai Affiliated School Sports Association and is also Head of Football and Touch Rugby for all Dubai primary schools. Steve’s drive and passion centres around a creating a competitive, yet inclusive PE and swimming curriculum, where students have a chance to learn new skills and showcase their talents. Using his classroom experience, Steve’s role as Assistant Head allows him, as part of the senior management team, to build South View’s reputation across Dubai and ensure high standards are achieved across all matters of school life, like teaching and learning and pastoral care. 

Samuel Holiday

Samuel Holiday

Head of Primary

Sam joins the South View School family after six 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.