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Senior
Leadership Team

“We have a team of passionate and well qualified teachers and support staff who share a clear vision that builds on the Britus mission and our belief of learning without limits.”

Mr Roger Hancock

Principal

Mr Roger Hancock

Principal

Ms Praveena Sudheer

Vice Principal and Head of Secondary

Mr David Goodwin

Vice Principal and Head of Primary

Ms Stephy Abraham

Head of Inclusion.

Sue Cook

Head of Wellbeing

Mr Mustafa Nisar

Head of Assessment & Data

Mr Nikki Upsall

Assistant Vice Principal of Secondary

Ms Caroline Pinto

Assistant Vice Principal of Primary

Mr Roger Hancock

Principal

With over thirty years of experience in education, Mr Roger’s vision has always been to help every student develop academically, socially and emotionally, to develop adaptable, versatile, future-ready young people who have the attributes and resilience to embrace the challenges presented by a constantly changing world. He firmly believes that each child is a unique individual, needing a safe, secure and stimulating atmosphere to prosper. As an educator his desire is to support students to meet their full potential by nurturing the traditional family values of kindness and respect.

Ms Praveena Sudheer

Vice Principal and Head of Secondary

An A Level physics teacher by training and with sixteen years teaching experience, Ms Praveena Sudheer joined TSPS from Saal.ai in Abu Dhabi where she headed the Science department in creating the AI curriculum for Abu Dhabi Ministry of Education. With a BSc in physics, a BEd and a Masters degree, Ms Praveena was previously Head of Sixth Form at Al Diyafah High School in Dubai, a post she held for nine years.  During her tenure, the Sixth Form moved to ‘outstanding’ in the KHDA inspections. Ms Praveena is particularly adept at guiding and mentoring students as they journey through the Secondary and also has specific expertise in careers counselling for university admissions.  She brings great experience of community engagement programmes which provided opportunities for student participation.   TSPS students all feel the benefit of her experience and guidance.

Mr David Goodwin

Vice Principal and Head of Primary

Initially a Chemist by degree, Mr David undertook a PGCE and began teaching Chemistry in maintained schools in the UK. He soon moved into the UK independent sector teaching and managing in some of the UK’s top independent private schools.

After headship roles in several key Preparatory Schools in the South of England, he moved to China, where he helped establish Harrow International School’s new and successful Pre- prep and Preparatory School in Beijing. After a subsequent move to The British School Colombo, he led a large and successful FS and Primary phase in Sri Lanka. Prior to joining The Sheffield Private School, Mr David’s last international role was as Founding Principal at a premier British School in Shanghai, China, which he led for six years establishing the 2-18 school as one of Shanghai’s top international British schools.

Mr David has a passion for delivering quality British education and in mentoring young teachers to become the next generation of school leaders. He believes that schools need wise, creative, and knowledgeable school leaders and hopes that his achievements in leading his previous schools and his ongoing passion for Primary education will bring confidence in his leadership of the FS and Primary phases for TSPS parents.

Ms Stephy Abraham

Head of Inclusion.

Ms Stephy Abraham joined TSPS from Arab Unity School where she had been Head of Inclusion for four years. Ms Stephy brings great experience in her field. She has been a Head of Inclusion in schools for the past eight years. Prior to that she worked in an educational organisation providing support to families with children of determination. With a BA in Psychology and an MA in Clinical Psychology, she is also a fully licensed psychologist and registered behaviour therapist. She has particular expertise in behaviour management strategies and intervention skills. With an interest and passion for additional educational needs, she has worked with numerous special and mainstream schools to support learners with a range of additional needs. By creating a fully inclusive setting, Ms Stephy aims to establish TSPS as a Center of Excellence for the education of students with determination. Her goal is to provide each and every student at Sheffield with a well-rounded and personalised education which will eventually open doors for a happy and successful future.

Sue Cook

Head of Wellbeing

After a varied career incorporating work in charity fundraising, sales, theatre and journalism, Ms Sue moved into teaching after a short spell as a TA. Completing her PGCSE in the UK, she started teaching at the age of 40, first of all teaching in primary schools. Realising her love for English Literature and Drama was her driving force, she made the move to Secondary teaching and never looked back. As an English teacher in a range of challenging schools in the UK, she took on roles as Transition coordinator and Head of English.  Wanting to branch out further, she moved internationally and joined St George’s School, Seville, Spain. At various points she was Head of Key Stage Three, Four and Five and even, for two terms, Acting Head. She nourished her love of Drama by organising and directing school productions, to great success. Sue took on the role of Head of English at TSPS in September and has since been promoted to Head of Pastoral Care.

Ms Caroline Pinto

Assistant Principal of Primary

Starting off initially as cover teacher after graduating from university, Ms Caroline soon realised that teaching young children was her passion and it has remained so for the past 25 years. After working for the first five years in Goa, India, and learning some of the best role models, Ms Caroline moved to the UAE which she now calls ‘home away from home’. She initially taught as an English teacher supporting students to develop their linguistic expression. Since then, Ms Caroline has taken on various roles in schools across Dubai – right from being a class teacher to Head of Year, going on to challenge herself with the dual responsibility of a Primary Head of English and Key Stage Lead which finally led to being the Primary Coordinator and EAL lead at the Sheffield Private School. As a member of the senior leadership team, she has successfully contributed to the development of whole school actions plans that have resulted the school securing a top rating for the Dubai wide Distance Learning audit held last year. Each day at school, Ms Caroline encourages children to express themselves as potential high performers who are not limited by ‘ability’ but instead are self-advocates and managers of their learning.

Mr Mustafa Nisar

Head of Assessment & Data

Mr. Mustafa Nisar had been in the educational field since the beginning of his career. He brings an experience of over 18 years as an educator and Head of Assessment. Working in these crucial roles helps him support continuous academic program assessments and improvement of student learning through consultation as well as hands on training. After his major in Computer science, he had joined Sheffield Private school. The proficiency he displayed whilst teaching IT and computer science conferred to a strenuous role in the Assessment department. During his time in TSPS, he was known for being resourceful while the parents and students besiege him with queries about examination. Additionally, he is adaptive, possess integral knowledge about the school systems used exclusively in TSPS. These qualities made him suitable for fulfilling the title of Quality Nominee of BTEC Programmes. His consistency in rightfully providing the school leaders and teachers with the student’s attainment and progress data helps them maintain the limitless academic progression of student at TSPS.

Mr Nikki Upsall

Assistant Vice Principal of Secondary

With 20 years of UK and international experience, Nikki has spent the majority of his career in his ‘second home’, the UAE, holding a range of middle and senior leadership posts across Dubai and Abu Dhabi. In his role at The Sheffield Private School, Nikki brings his analytical and interpersonal skills to the Secondary School and Executive Leadership Team. He employs a student-centred, positive and pragmatic approach to all areas of his work. His aim is to ensure that there are consistently high standards within all aspects of the Secondary School. Nikki is a passionate Mathematics teacher and an avid reader with a love of general knowledge and the history of his subject. He frequently includes these aspects in his interactions with pupils in order to give them real-life examples of the relevance and importance of Mathematics; spark their curiosity and broaden their knowledge of a range of topics.