Leadership Team
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Mrs Margaret Rafee

Principal

Mrs Margaret Rafee has vast teaching experience spanning over four decades in the United Kingdom (UK) and internationally. She holds a B.Ed. (in English and French) and completed her MA in Applied Linguistics (Language in Education) at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, UK. At the start of her career and possessing a passion for languages, she taught French in the UK and English in Sri Lanka in the early 1980s. She later lectured English at the University of West London (formerly known as Thames Valley University) and was the Language and Learning Co-ordinator at Sir Wilfrid Martineau School in Birmingham. Between 1993 and 1997, she was Head of English at Ashlyns School in Berkhamsted. Thereafter, she assumed the position of Deputy Headteacher at Bicester Community College in Oxfordshire, where she was responsible for the development of its global curriculum content and staff training as well as assuming pastoral duties.

In 2003, Mrs Rafee was appointed Headteacher at Alperton Community School, Wembley, UK. During her tenure there, Alperton became a Cooperative Academy, achieved the International School Award, Inclusion Quality mark and Investor in People status. She moved the school from “satisfactory” to “outstanding” in Ofsted grades (UK national inspection regime) over the ten years of her tenure.

Mrs Rafee joined Sri KDU International School (SKIS) in August 2013 as Principal, supervising 105 teachers and overseeing the achievements of more than 1,000 students. She is the current Vice-Chairperson of AIMS (Association of International Malaysian Schools). In November 2018, Mrs Rafee was also appointed to the Board of FOBISIA (Federation of British International Schools in Asia).

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Mr Andrew Wyeth

Head of Secondary

Mr Andrew Wyeth began his teaching career in 1993 after obtaining a B.Ed. in Physical Education at St. Paul’s and St. Mary’s, Cheltenham, UK. He taught for 5 years in Surrey, UK as the Head of Department before moving into sports administration on Sport England partnership projects. From 2003 to 2008, he was appointed to the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) as Director of Sport at a co-educational independent school also in Surrey, UK. Upon completing his MBA in Leadership and Management, he moved to Kuwait in August 2009 and assumed the position of Director of Sport at one of the largest international schools in the Middle East.

In 2016 Mr Wyeth moved to SKIS taking up the role of Vice Principal, with responsibility for Teaching and Learning. In 2019 Mr Wyeth took up the new SKISS role as Secondary Headteacher.

Andrew is a passionate sportsman and played rugby for and coached Rosslyn Park in London, UK. He took up triathlon and cycling after retiring from rugby in 2003 but has now focussed his available time on reducing his golf handicap on the many beautiful courses here in Malaysia. His 2 children are students at the school and his wife Louise is the Deputy Head of Primary – truly a family affair!

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Mrs Katie Tomlinson

Head of Primary

Mrs Katie Tomlinson started her teaching career in 1995 after completing a B.Ed. (Hons) with English specialism at Liverpool Institute of Higher Education. She initially worked as a Key Stage 2 class teacher, taking responsibility for Assessment, English and Music before moving into school leadership as a Deputy Headteacher in 2002. After completing the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers in 2006, she moved into Headship and has been a Headteacher in three different Primary schools in the UK. Her previous post was Headteacher of a large Primary school in Lancashire in the North of England.

As the Head of Sri KDU International Primary School (SKIPS), her role is to inspire and motivate the Primary staff and children to achieve the highest educational standards. Mrs Tomlinson leads and manages all aspects of the daily routines and running of the Primary school. As an experienced Headteacher of over 10 years, she is passionate about providing an environment which ensures that all children have an opportunity to discover their interests, develop their skills and become the best possible versions of themselves.

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Mrs Frances Baxter

Senior Vice Principal - Achievement

Mrs Frances Baxter has teaching experience both in the UK and internationally. After completing her degree in Geography at the University of Nottingham in 2004, she achieved Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in 2005 through the Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) programme also at the University of Nottingham. She began teaching at a village comprehensive school in Cambridge, UK and after a year was made Head of Department and International Co-ordinator overseeing all international trips and educational enhancement. She completed a ‘Learning through International Partnerships’ postgraduate diploma, through the Middlesex University, completing research to find out how students’ education can be enriched through partnerships with other schools around the world.

Mrs Baxter moved to Lima, Peru in 2009, where she was Head of Geography and Head of House at a prestigious international school. She joined SKIS in August 2012 as a teacher and was promoted to Key Stage Director within the year. Currently, she is the Senior Vice Principal with responsibility for academic matters in the secondary school including teaching and learning, student achievement and progress plus teacher training and professional development.

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Mrs Jasmine Sabharwal

Vice Principal - Pastoral and Holistic Education

Mrs Jasmine Sabharwal has over 9 years of international teaching experience with the past 6 years in middle and senior leadership positions. After completing her B.Sc. (Hons) in Biotechnology, she continued her research and publications in Microbiology at the Asian University of Medical, Science and Technology Malaysia. She then pursued her career in stem cell studies and found her interest in education after providing seminars and talks for medical students at various Malaysian universities.

Mrs Jasmine joined SKIS in 2011 teaching IB and IGCSE Biology as well as Key Stage 3 Science. She was the Head of Year 11 for 2013-2014, before joining the Senior Leadership Team as Key Stage 4 Director from September 2015 to August 2019. She was promoted to Vice Principal – Pastoral and Holistic Education, beginning September 2019. Mrs Jasmine is currently responsible for the pastoral provision of the school. She leads the creation and implementation of a high quality co-curricular and enrichment programme, which will provide the students with the skills and character development they need to succeed in life.

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Mrs Louise Wyeth

Deputy Head of Primary – Achievements & Pastoral Care

Mrs Louise Wyeth has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management from Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University in the UK. She later completed her PGCE at Nottingham University, UK. She has 9 years of teaching experience across KS1 and KS2 in British International schools and has held responsibilities including Science Coordinator, History Coordinator and Social Media Coordinator.

Mrs Wyeth joined SKIPS in 2016 as the Science Coordinator and Year 4 teacher. She is now the Deputy Head of Primary with direct responsibility for student achievement and pastoral care in the primary school.

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Mr Matthew Hunt-Brown

Assistant Head of Primary – Teaching & Learning and Professional Development

Mr Matthew Hunt-Brown holds a BA Hons in Primary Education with QTS from the University of Sheffield Hallam. After having trained for three years to be a Primary School Specialist Teacher, he achieved his QTS alongside his degree in 2014. He then secured a job in a flagship school for refugee children in the North of England, working specifically in the year groups 5 and 6. The school consisted of no less than 16 different ethnic groups with children coming from a wide variety of geographical origin, heritage and economic backgrounds. This experience, is what he believes helped him build his excellent foundation for working with children who have EAL (English as an Additional Language). During his tenure at his previous school, he coordinated Computing and had a passion for innovative classroom practices, trialling many different methods in his own professional learning environment.

After three successful years at the same school, he looked abroad for new challenges and experiences, accepting a post at Sri KDU International Primary School (SKIPS) in 2017, teaching in Year 5. During the next two years he coordinated both Maths and Computing within SKIPS, before being promoted to the position of Assistant Headteacher (with direct responsibility for Teaching and Learning).

Mr Hunt-Brown believes heavily in the concept of a ‘Growth Mindset’. He drives all children in his care to achieve the best possible outcomes and maintains high expectations for learning and provision at SKIPS.

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Mr Edward Baxter

Key Stage 5 Director | IBDP Coordinator

Mr Edward Baxter has 12 years teaching experience both in the UK and internationally. He is a Geography graduate of Reading University. Having completed his PGCE at Nottingham University in 2005, he undertook a career teaching inside and outside the classroom. After teaching Geography in mountain and coastal environments in North Wales for 3 years, he moved to Lima, Peru in 2009 where he worked at a prestigious international school as Head of MYP Humanities for another 3 years.

Mr Baxter moved to Sri KDU International School in 2012 as a Geography teacher and after a year, was promoted to running a successful Geography Department which has seen the IGCSE and IBDP results improving each year. He continues to teach Geography and has been coordinating the IBDP since September 2017. He believes that international mindedness is an essential part of education and enjoys using his own experiences to help students realize their potential in their studies and future career plans.

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Mrs Magdalene Jones

Key Stage 4 Director

Mrs Maddy Jones is an English BA Hons graduate of Northumbria University and completed her PGCE at Newcastle University in 2003. She began teaching at an OFSTED outstanding secondary comprehensive school on the Wirral, UK and fulfilled roles there as the Literacy Coordinator, Second in Department and Head of English. With her vast experience at achieving excellent results at Key Stage 4 and with her work with other schools, she was also appointed as a Specialist Leader of Education.

Mrs Jones moved to Sri KDU International School in 2017 as Head of English and during her two years has seen the IGCSE English Language, Literature and Drama results improving each year. Mrs Jones continues to teach English at KS3, IGCSE and IBDP level. She has now been promoted to the role of Key Stage 4 Director and is responsible for the academic and pastoral matters, of all Key Stage 4 students, ensuring they graduate Sri KDU International School with excellent IGCSE results.

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Mr Brian Orr

Key Stage 3 Director

Mr Brian Orr attended Nottingham Trent University where he gained a Bachelor’s degree in Design Technology with Education and then went on to complete his PGCE. He has 13 years of teaching experience across KS3 - KS5 and specializes in the field of Graphics and Resistant Materials. He taught in UK secondary schools from 2004 to 2016 and was a lead practitioner in his previous position.

Mr Orr joined SKIS in 2016 as the Head of Art and Design Technology (DT) before moving into the role of Associate Vice Principal in September 2017. He enjoys teaching a range of year groups and has been appointed as the Key Stage 3 Director at Sri KDU International Secondary School.

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Mr Jocelyn Gamble

Director of Digital Learning

Mr Jocelyn Gamble holds both a Bachelors Degree from Manchester University and a PGCE from Reading University, both in the UK. With over 12 years of experience of teaching both in the UK and internationally, he has built up a passion for education and technology in the classroom.

After completing his degree he worked in London's West End for a number of years within the Lighting and Sound field with a focus on design and programming where he also supported the teacher training of staff. He then went on to study for his PGCE in ICT and upon graduating worked to become both a head of department and an assistant head of year for a large secondary school and 6th form in Surrey, UK and was instrumental in the development and deployment of whole-school technology projects.

Upon arriving in Malaysia to work for Sri KDU international school Jocelyn became the Head of Co-Curricular Learning before taking up the role of Director of Digital Learning. Alongside this Jocelyn also sits on the advisory board for BETT Asia and is part of the regional Computer Science Teachers Association (SEACSTA).

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Mr David Crane

Head of Inclusion

Mr David Crane completed his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wolverhampton in the UK, before going on to study at the University of East Anglia, where he completed his Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). 

He has been teaching since 2010 in UK schools, starting as a class teacher and moving up to Head of Department, before returning to the University of Wolverhampton, where he received his National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination. Mr Crane then took up a role as Special Educational Needs Co Ordinator of a large secondary school in the east of England. This job included co-ordinating the additional support of students who experienced barriers to their learning as well as providing support and advice, to teachers and parents, regarding strategies to ensure students can be the best versions of themselves.

He joined Sri KDU International School in September 2019 as the Head of Inclusion and this is his first teaching role outside of the UK; his role covers both the International Secondary and International Primary schools.

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Mrs Kalaivani Duraipandian

Head of Exams and Assessment

Mrs Kalaivani Duraipandian has over 20 years of teaching experience. She has a BSc (Mathematics) from University Malaya and a Masters Degree in Education (Leadership Development) from Asia e University.

Throughout her career, she taught Mathematics, Science and ICT first in a private, then merged  international school. She is passionate about teaching students the fundamentals of Mathematics, considering the usefulness of Mathematics in life, in general. 

She was Head of Science then, Head of Exams and Assessment in her previous school. Her serious approach in carrying out her duties made her a key and integral part of the management team in her previous school. 

She joined SKIS as the Head of Examinations and Assessments and is the CAIE Examinations Officer. 

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Mr Phillip Weatherup

Head of CCL

Originally from Northern Ireland in the UK and having studied at Durham University for both his BSc Hons in Environmental Management and PGCE in Secondary Geography, Mr Philip Weatherup had been teaching since 1999 in the North East of England. Joining Sri KDU in September 2018 marks his first foray into teaching in an international setting.

With his knowledge, experience and passion for teaching all humanities subjects, specialising in geography, Mr Weatherup has a great appreciation for the importance of the roles everyone plays as global citizens as well as the uniqueness of culture and the strength that it brings to individuals. A cultural identity and global awareness is key for everyone, and he always ensure that each child is given every opportunity to be successful in their studies.

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Mr William Harris

Enrichment Coordinator

Mr William Harris started teaching Information Technology and Computing in 2007 and taught for six years at a secondary school in England. Prior to that, he had worked for nearly 20 years in the IT industry as a programmer, systems analyst and project manager.

He joined SKISS in January 2014 and later that year took over as House Coordinator. Since then he has overseen the development and smooth running of the SKISS House System, working to deliver a range of sporting, non-sporting and fund-raising activities throughout the academic year. He is also responsible for the Duke of Edinburgh International Award at SKISS and ensuring we fulfil our role as an International Award Centre. In September 2018, he took on a new role as Enrichment Coordinator, supporting staff in running the wide range of societies and clubs available for students to take part in as well as overseeing all matters related to educational trips and visits.