My name is Daniella Aschettino and it is a privilege to be a part of the Metropole School community, where I have been the Secondary Headteacher for the past three years. I have been fortunate enough to have worked within GEMS for ten years, spending seven years in leadership at Wellington Academy Silicon Oasis and Deputy Headteacher before moving to Metropole School.
I was born in Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom and spent my undergraduate university years in Sheffield, studying a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. After gaining my degree, I went on to study a Post Graduate degree (Masters of Education) in Educational Psychology at Cambridge University. Following that, I continued to teach in the UK for two more years before moving to Hong Kong to teach in an international school, then on to Dubai. Each school I have worked in has been amazing in some special way, and I feel fortunate to have worked alongside extraordinary people.
Over the years, I have enjoyed a variety of roles including Head of Psychology, Teacher-Trainer, Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, and Headteacher. I have held responsibility for Teaching and Learning, Inclusion, Pastoral, Assessment, Safeguarding, and the Career Development of staff. This experience has led me to develop a strong belief that every student has something to offer; I love to see students grasp concepts, develop curiosity, foster a desire to want to know more, and develop a voice for change and improvement. I believe that the happiest students are those who feel they are able to contribute to their school and the local community.
In my spare time I enjoy practicing yoga; one of my fondest memories is spending some extended time in Bali learning yoga and learning the skill of mindfulness. Student well-being is at the centre of all that we do, and with a healthy body and mind, I believe staff and students are able to achieve their goals.
Being at Metropole School has enabled me to build relationships with parents, students, staff, and the wider community. We really are one big family, and I feel proud to say that many people comment on our ‘community spirit’.