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“We love learning, we take responsibility for our own futures and we always look out for each other”

We are based in:
Sky Block, which includes English, Learning Support and the Library

Sky House Team

Head of House:
Mr. Alan Foster

Deputy Head of House:
Ms. Caroline McNamee

Parent Liaison:
Mrs. Ayesha Virmani

Tutor Team:

Year 7:
Ms. Al-Hafida (S7C)
Mr. Craney (S7D)
Ms. Maughan (S7H)

Year 8:
Ms. Tolley (S8B)
Ms. Bickley (S8G)
Mrs. Curtis (S8L)

Year 9:
Ms. Roxburgh (S9D)
Mrs. Heckford (S9E)
Ms. Byrne (S9J)

Year 10:
Mr. Skinner (S10AA)
Ms. Bennett (S10D)
Mr. Knox (S10H)

Year 11:
Mr. McGuigan (S11C)
Ms. Rickson (S11G)
Ms. Manchand (S11J)

Year 12:
Ms. Fair (S12B)
Ms. Svrslin (S12F)
Ms. Strachan (S12K)

Year 13:
Ms. Barnes (S13D)
Ms. Saeed (S13H)
Mr. Pickering (S13L)

Associated Member of SLT:
Mrs. L. Ford, Assistant Headteacher


Fridge Sheets

Year 7 Sky Fridge-Sheet
Year 8 Sky Fridge Sheet 
Year 9 Sky Fridge Sheet
Year 10 Sky Fridge Sheet
Year 11 Sky Fridge Sheet
Year 12 Sky Fridge Sheet
Year 13 Sky Fridge Sheet

 Sky House Leadership Team


Alan-Foster-42-398x600Mr. Foster, Head of Sky House

I have always been interested in Sport and Physical Education from an early age so I set about pursuing a career teaching Physical Education. After A-Levels at King Edward College, Nuneaton, I gained a BA (Hons) in Physical Education with “Qualified Teacher Status” at Leeds Carnegie. In 2012 I joined DESC as a teacher of PE. I was excited by the introduction of the House system at DESC and decided that I wanted to be part of the pastoral team. I was delighted to be appointed as Head of Sky House and am extremely proud of the student contributions that make our House a success.

Since acquiring the position of Head of Sky House, I have enjoyed leading a fantastic team of Form and Support Tutors. Together we have created a happy, positive and respectful House environment for our students. Sky House really does have the feel of a family and we encourage our students to step out of their comfort zone, respect the environment and take pride in their appearance. I am looking forward to building on our solid foundations and working with Ms. Brake to continue our success and ensure that all students in Sky House strive to achieve the very highest standards in all aspects of school life.



Ms. McNamee, Deputy Head of Sky House

After graduating with a degree in Psychology from Queens University I went on to complete my PGCE in Newcastle Upon Tyne. I joined the DESC community in 2018 but I have been based in Dubai since 2016. In previous employment I have been part of the House Team and truly loved the day to day interaction with students and parents.

I have a passion for raising students’ awareness of our social responsibility. During my time at University I was a member of many charity fundraising teams and in between graduating and completing my PGCE I worked for a UK based charity; Alzheimer’s Society. I am driven by supporting the needs of our students and ensuring they are worldly thinkers, who contribute to the society we share.

Joining the Sky Leadership Team at DESC is such an exciting opportunity to be given. It is a role I am truly passionate for and feel grateful to be given! I am very excited to support our students, enabling them to flourish into the best versions of themselves.



Mrs. Ayesha Virmani, Sky House Parent Liaison

If you have any concerns regarding your child’s welfare or well-being, please contact us via Mrs. Virmani using the email address below and she will direct your enquiry to the appropriate place.
Extension number: 236