Mike Seaton

Mike Seaton is an award-winning British educator who has led independent schools in the United Kingdom, the Middle East and Asia. In England, Mike was Headmaster at one of the leading independent schools in Yorkshire, achieving its first Sunday Times ranking for academic excellence, national media attention for curricular innovation and a ‘Best School’ award at the prestigious Independent Schools Association (ISA) National Awards. Mike’s success at the school resulted in his appointment to the European exec team of the global education group, Cognita, where he oversaw the development of 12 independent schools as Director of Education (UK).

Mike also enjoyed success as Executive Principal at King’s College School Chengdu, a premium international school in China, and as Vice Principal at Brighton College Al Ain, leading its Senior School from its start-up phase to its standing as one of the most academically successful British curriculum schools in the Middle East.

He was recently named as a ‘Most Influential Educational Leader in 2022’ by Elite Education magazine.

Kate Jackson
Head of Senior School

Since graduating with a B.Ed. degree, Kate Jackson has amassed over 20 years of experience as a leading British educator. Prior to joining King’s, Kate worked in the United Kingdom as an Advanced Skills Teacher and a Director of Learning and Assessment at a large academy school, working to improve the delivery of the curriculum and academic outcomes for pupils across the Northeast of England. She has also worked in schools in Australia and elsewhere in Doha.

Kate is a passionate advocate of evidence-based pedagogical research and recently authored a unique teaching and learning model, the King’s Tapestry, which draws upon cutting-edge developments in teaching and learning, and is now at the heart of our classroom approach at King’s College Doha.

Iain Driscoll
Head of Prep School

Iain Driscoll is a highly experienced educator who led pastoral care in schools in the United Kingdom, Malaysia, China and Thailand before moving to the Middle East with his young family. Prior to joining King’s, he spent four years in Egypt as Assistant Head (Pastoral) at one of the best British international schools in Cairo.

Although born in the United Kingdom, Iain considers himself to be from Hong Kong where he lived for 19 years before going to university. His exposure to education across three continents has enabled him to develop an expert understanding of the cultural nuances involved in providing first-rate pastoral care to pupils from a range of global backgrounds.

Sinead Grennan
Head of Pre-Prep School

Sinead Grennan holds a Masters degree from the University of Cambridge and has taught across all school phases since beginning her career in Edinburgh and then moving to Doha six years ago. She believes that there is something particularly special about the Early Years, however, as it offers teachers the privilege of instilling a love of learning from a child’s very first day at school.

Sinead is passionate about educational research and works with colleagues in the Pre-Prep at King’s to create a stimulating and challenging learning environment for our youngest learners. As an educational leader, she strives to empower children’s curiosity as a means of directing their learning, resulting in exceptional outcomes.

Andrew Day
Deputy Head (Co-Curriculum and Sixth Form)

Andrew spent the first 17 years of his teaching career fully immersed in boarding schools in the United Kingdom, including six years as a Head of Department while at Bryanston, and nine years as a Boarding Housemaster at King Edward’s and then Epsom College. As an accomplished computer scientist and the technical architect of a pioneering pastoral management application, it was during his time in boarding that Andrew co-founded an Ed-Tech company that revolutionised the pastoral information flow and informed decision-making of a variety of prestigious boarding schools in the UK.

As the Founding Director of Studies at King’s College School, Chengdu, and then Vice Principal at North London Collegiate School, Singapore, Andrew has developed an international reputation as a leading exponent of holistic education. His expertise in this educational approach was further enhanced while studying for his Masters degree at Cambridge University, during which time the principle of how schools approach holistic education became the focus of his thesis. Throughout his career, Andrew has coached rugby, kayaking, football, swimming, lacrosse, tennis and LAMDA, as well as supporting hundreds of tutorial pupils in theatre performances, mud runs, representative international sports fixtures, poetry recitals, EPQ presentations and a huge range of inter-house competitions.