Heads of Sixth Form / Academics & Careers
My name is Mr. Jack Luffman and I am delighted to be joining the GEMS Metropole School community as part of the Careers Education and Sixth Form Team. I have worked in Dubai for the past four years at a neighboring GEMS school as part of their Post-16 leadership team and I am excited at the prospect of joining in on the Metropole journey, a school whose values align with my own.
Before my move overseas, I had worked within the UK Education Secondary Sector for 15 years firstly as an English and Media studies teacher and latterly as a head of department and an assistant head of a sixth form. I also led on vocational and career related studies provision within the school, something I have continued to do over here in the UAE as the GEMS Network Leader for BTEC. I have a strong belief that sixth form education is the springboard for the next part of each students’ life journey, whether that be engaging with higher education at a university establishment around the world or indeed entering into the culturally diverse world of work.
Each of our young people are individuals and I hope that with the continued development of the careers education and subject course choices, each can access a bespoke pathway designed to help them access their chosen education and career choices. My breadth of experience across all areas of education has certainly equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to inspire students to become creative, resilient and innovative learners.
Prior to teaching I was a working as journalist for local and regional news in the UK, having gained a BA Hons in Journalism from Staffordshire University. Originally from Lincolnshire in the east of England, I was educated at the local grammar school before completing my university studies and then taking a year out to fulfill a season of cricket in Australia, a sport that has seen me travel the world; achieve many representative honours and one that now sees me as founding member and chairman of Dubai Wanderers Cricket Club. Sport is indeed a love of mine and I hope to be able to support the school’s PE department and pass on my sporting experiences to the students too.
I live in Dubai with my wife Michelle, who is a marketing and communications manager at one of the city’s leading hotels.