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Barbara Heaton

Barbara Heaton joins the Pearl Academy with over 25 years’ experience in educational leadership in the UAE, Spain and the UK. 

Having completed the Accelerated Route N.P.Q.H. in 2000 as a Primary Head Teacher in the UK,  Barbara moved to work in an International School in Spain where she taught in Primary and Secondary Departments broadening her experience teaching, amongst other subjects, English to GCSE.  Here, she led Teaching and Learning across the whole school (Nursery to Year 13) and also held role of team inspector with NABSS (the National Association of Schools in Spain).  She is now a BSO team inspector in the Middle East. 

Throughout her career, Barbara has gained much experience in teaching second language learners as well as developing assessment and tracking systems to ensure students are maximising their potential and capabilities. She has developed planning and curriculum models which enable her to fulfil her passion for personalised learning and celebrating an individual’s strengths, both as a person and a learner.




Miss Samantha Hughes-Lewis is the Acting Vice Principal of The Pearl Academy and has been at the school for three years. In her role as head of data and assessment, Miss H-L oversees the assessment, progress and attainment of all the children in the school and how results are reported.

Miss H-L has been a teacher for 16 years, and she is passionate about international education. She has lived in Abu Dhabi for seven years and has taught in schools all over the world in England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Nepal.

Miss H-L loves kitesurfing and skiing in her free time. She speaks French and German and is also a keen musician - leading the school band!

As a member of the school’s Senior Leadership team, Miss H-L works hard with her colleagues to develop the school’s ethos and implement the school’s development plan.



Mrs. Barr began her teaching career twenty-five years ago in Portsmouth, UK. Since then, she has worked in several countries in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Mrs Barr also worked as a volunteer teacher in Sudan, where she taught classes in a village with no electricity or running water, so she is extremely appreciative of the beautiful facilities at The Pearl! Whilst working as a class teacher in EYFS, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, Mrs Barr developed a particular interest in children with specific learning differences and undertook further studies in this area. Mrs Barr is an accredited inspector for British Schools Overseas, and has post-graduate qualifications in educational testing and SEND. She now leads the Inclusion department at The Pearl, the aim of which is to ensure that all children achieve their very best.

Maha Jallad

Maha Jallad
Head Of MOE Subjects

Maha holds a Bachelor Degree of Science from Al Yarmouk University, Jordan, as well as a Bachelor of Education in Arabic Language and Islamic Studies from Alhosn University, UAE. With more than 25 years of experience in teaching and leadership gained through working in different British curriculum schools in the UAE, Maha has developed her skills in implementing meaningful learning experiences for children.

She joined The Pearl Academy in its second year 2008 and says ''It has been a great pleasure to witness the growth and success of the school as the years have progressed. Joining the Pearl was my choice to develop myself and my career further, and it has been a pleasure to work and grow in such a nurturing environment.

I am always keen to further my knowledge and development to enhance the student's learning experience.''


Year Group School Fees Per Annum (in AED)* Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Registration
Nursery 41,700 16,680 12,510 12,510 2,085
FS2 43,150 17,260 12,945 12,945 2,160
Year 1 43,150 17,260 12,945 12,945 2,160
Year 2 43,150 17,260 12,945 12,945 2,160
Year 3 43,150 17,260 12,945 12,945 2,160
Year 4 43,150 17,260 12,945 12,945 2,160
Year 5 43,150 17,260 12,945 12,945 2,160
Year 6 43,150 17,260 12,945 12,945 2,160

*Fees for the term 2021-2022. Please note, our fees are regulated by ADEK and are subject to change.

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