Senior Leadership Team

South View School Principal

David Flint


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.

South View School Head of Secondary

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.

South View School Head of Primary

Samuel Holliday

Head of Primary

Sam is our established and long-serving Head of Primary. With over nine years of Senior Leadership in the UAE, his effective leadership is reflected by his National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) and his Masters in Education. Sam has a strong track record in purposeful Curriculum, Learning and Teaching strategies and Assessment. He has a passion for the performing arts and modern, holistic education. Sam prides himself on establishing a caring, transparent and inclusive community; one that has seen rapid growth in student numbers and high staff retention.

South View School Head of Inclusion

Laura Stokes

Head of Inclusion and Designated Safeguarding Lead

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.

South View School HR Manager & Safety Officer

Nidhi Dahiya

Head of Operations and Health & Safety Officer

Having completed her MBA in Human Resource and Marketing, Nidhi has over 14 years experience in Human resources and Facility management with leading institutions in the UAE education sector. An experienced leader, Nidhi has extensive experience in all aspects of Human Resources, the end-to-end Operations function, Facilities Management and management of Health and Safety . Nidhi works closely with both the administration and the educational teams to ensure the recruitment and retention of high quality talent. She also provides counsel to the management on all operational matters and ensures welfare support and continuous professional development of administrative colleagues. Above all, she ensures the school is fully compliant with current UAE legislation.