Lucy Nicholls

Deputy Headteacher of Primary

Lucy Nicholls is thrilled to join the Metropole teams as the Deputy Headteacher for Achievements within the Primary school.

Originating from Shropshire in England, Lucy gained a wide range of teaching and leadership experiences across the past 18 years. As a class teacher she taught across Years 1-6, developing a broad and balanced knowledge and understanding of the primary curriculum. Lucy is an experienced senior leader having led across four outstanding British curriculum schools within Dubai, during the past twelve years.

Lucy completed a Bachelor of Education, with honours, in Primary Education at Chester University and more recently completed a National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). She found the NPQH a powerfully reflective process and recognises the positive impact that this continues to have on her leadership style. Whilst modelling that we can all continue to be life-long learners, Lucy successfully utilise coaching techniques in order to support and enhance the teaching and leadership skills of my colleagues. 


Advocating that students learn best when the teacher has a deep awareness of the ‘whole child’; Lucy has a strong belief that utilising information from the assessments completed within Dubai, alongside ongoing formative assessment processes, enables all teachers to fully personalise and enhance the curriculum in order to meet the needs of each and every child. Having previously led English across both primary and a 3-18 school, Lucy’s belief is that literacy skills are the foundation for all learning. As a previous leading teacher for IT, she is passionate about the use of technology to enhance speaking and listening and critical thinking opportunities for all as well as providing purposeful, engaging and challenging learning experiences, whilst ensuring that language is not a barrier to success.

Within her role of Deputy Head of Achievements within the Primary school, Lucy’s aim is to ensure that all students are provided with a nurturing yet challenging environment for academic success. Alongside this, she endeavours to enhance the understanding and use of data by all stakeholders to ensure that each and every child not only reaches their potential but strives to exceed and unlock new learning opportunities.

Lucy looks forward to getting to know you further within the Metropole community.

More To Explore

  • Primary Curriculum

    GEMS Metropole School teachers plan challenging, well-organised, interesting lessons with good pace, and incorporate a range of teaching and Assessment for Learning pedagogies. There are regular opportunities for leadership, decision-making and problem solving and pupils are encouraged to take an active role in the learning opportunities they encounter.

  • Foundation Stage

    At GEMS Metropole we provide children with tailored learning experiences that are appropriate to individual children needs and interest, while underpinning their future learning. Through planned, purposeful play, our children are able to discover, practise and refine their skills in literacy and mathematics, as well as find out about themselves and their environment.