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Sophie Gathercole

Headteacher & Head of Sixth Form

I joined GEMS Wellington International School in August 2019 as Head of Year 12 after seven years in GEMS, as Senior Teacher at Jumeirah College. I have a keen interest in pastoral care and value how supporting student well-being helps students to aspire and thrive academically and holistically. I am currently Assistant Headteacher and Head of Sixth Form whereby I get to unite these two fundamental strands as we create platforms which enable students to reach their full and aspirational potential in a happy and supportive environment.

My teaching career began in Cambridge in 2009. The year before, I had graduated from the University of Leicester with a BA History Honours degree. I fell into a graduate scheme with a publishing company, based in the heart of Cambridge, and whilst working in the city and shopping on my lunch break was great for a month, I knew that my passion was in a classroom. Over the following year, I condensed my forty hour working week into four days so that I could teach on a voluntary basis at a local school. It was the best decision I have ever made and one that earned me a place, with my local MPs recommendation, on the prestigious Cambridge Graduate Teacher Programme where I was able to learn my craft.

As a member of the WIS community, I hope to inspire children to reach for their dreams and support them as they work hard to make them a reality. I hope the students who I have the pleasure of working with, develop a love of learning - one that reaches far beyond their school years and one that will stretch them for a lifetime. 

Meet Our Team

You can be assured that teachers from GEMS Wellington International School are highly qualified, experienced and regularly participate in ongoing training programmes to further their skills and abilities.

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