Peter Fremaux- Head of Secondary
Where are you from?
The United Kingdom. Newcastle, is where I work but I am from Colchester where I was raised. For over the last twenty years I’ve lived and worked in the Northeast of England.
Have you ever lived/visited Dubai before?
After passing through Dubai numerous times I decided I had to come visit properly and have holidayed here before.
Why did you choose Dubai?
From all the travels I’ve done around the world there are some cities that are global centers, cities that are full of diversity and are a crossroads for the world. I’ve always wanted to live and work in a place like that. And Dubai is that kind of city. You come to Dubai and you feel different, you feel the future. You walk around GCS and you feel the same thing, you can feel the vibrancy and multiculturalism.
What was the moment you decided you wanted to work in education?
I studied History in university at the University of Leeds. At the end of my education I went to a career fair and said I wanted to work abroad. At the career fair they told me I could go get qualified as a teacher and that would open doors for me to go abroad. I had never thought of working in education before but once I started teaching I realized how much I enjoyed working with young people and 20 years later, I’ve never looked backed. Young people are a joy and an honor to work with.
What attracts you to the International Baccalaureate Curriculum?
The moral purpose. It talks about this idea of creating global citizens to overcome the challenges in the world today and it is that moral purpose. I read in one of the IB documents that, “Education is a declaration of hope in the face of an uncertain future,” this idea, the positivity of it, is what I like. I like that it is broad and encompassing. And I like the idea of the global community. The attempt to produce something that is unpolitical.
What IB leaner profile trait do you most identify with?
Being Open Minded. I just love new ideas and things. I love having my ideas challenged and being open to new ways of looking at things. One of the real problems of life is the threat of boredom so if you’re open minded to new people and cultures, this will always be making you better and making others better.
What is the best and worst thing about being a principal/head of school?
Best thing is the fact you get to work with such a variety of people and students. Across different subjects, skills-sets, students of a wide range of abilities and parents. The worst thing about it…. You don’t get to teach much.
What do you think you can bring the GCS Secondary Team?
First of all I can bring values and a vision that matches the school’s and the IB’S vision. I am incredibly excited by this philosophy because this matches what I’ve believed in for years and I have experience successfully leading schools for the last 10 years.
What do you like to do for fun?
Travel, hike, and read in that order.
What is something not many people know about you?
Well, I’ve worked in a panda sanctuary, I’ve climbed Mt Kilimanjaro and I’ve volunteered helping rescued animals in Jogjakarta, Indonesia.