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Introducing Mr Aston, The New Head of Aldenham Prep Riyadh 

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Mr. Matthew Aston as the new Head of Aldenham Prep Riyadh! With an impressive background in education and a wealth of international experience, Mr. Aston brings a unique set of skills and expertise to our school community.


A Leader with Extensive Experience

Mr. Aston will take the helm as the Head of Aldenham Riyadh this coming August, where for the past 8 years, he has served as the Head of Haileybury Almaty in Kazakhstan. With a career spanning 21 years in education, he has worked in various roles across the United Kingdom, Middle East, and Central Asia. Prior to his current position, Mr. Aston served as a Deputy Head at the Kuwait English School.

Strong Academic Credentials

A key element in our search for a new Head was a candidate with excellent academic credentials. Mr. Aston not only meets this requirement but exceeds it. He holds the highly regarded National Professional Qualification for Headship, demonstrating his commitment to professional development and leadership in education. Furthermore, he has carried out numerous school visits for British Schools in the Middle East and has been involved in British Schools Overseas accreditation. 

Mr. Aston’s wealth of experience and credentials combined will ensure that every child attending Aldenham Prep Riyadh will be supported and nurtured during every stage of their education.

Alignment with Aldenham’s Ethos

Throughout our rigorous selection process, Mr. Aston demonstrated an instinctive grasp of the Aldenham ethos. His values and educational philosophy align closely with the school, ensuring a seamless integration into our community. We are confident that his leadership will enhance the strong foundation already established at Aldenham Prep Riyadh.

Speaking about his appointment, Mr. Aston shares:

"Cultivating a nurturing and intellectually stimulating environment is at the heart of Aldenham Prep Riyadh's mission. Together, we will inspire a love for learning, foster resilience, and empower every child to reach their full potential. I am honoured to join this vibrant community and look forward to collaborating with pupils, parents and staff to create a truly exceptional educational experience."

We are delighted to welcome Mr. Aston as the new Head of Aldenham Prep Riyadh this coming August, where he will continue to build on our values and dedication in delivering exceptional education!

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