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Frances Powell

Head of Secondary

The Arbor School

Frances Powell is the Head of Secondary at the Arbor School, Dubai. joined the Arbor School as the inaugural Head of Secondary after fourteen years of experience internationally here in Dubai as well as South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the UK. Frances ensures a strong focus on values-based education balancing high academic expectations alongside wellbeing remaining at the very core of school life. She believes a school leader must lead with integrity and develop relationships across the school community based on trust and mutual respect. Frances’ educational philosophy is that a school should nurture compassionate, principled and globally minded citizens. Her focus is on embedding programmes and structures to enable students to flourish socially and emotionally, alongside her drive in ensuring a passion and purpose for all, and her strategic insight into preparing students to make their mark on the world confidently and successfully. Originally hailing from England, Ms Powell received a First Class Honours degree in English and went on to complete her PGCE and Masters of Education at the University of Cambridge. A true believer in life-long learning she has also completed a diploma in Psychology on establishing positive education models and an NPQSL qualification developed support frameworks to ensure all students can aspire to greatness and thrive. Frances is also a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.


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