how we teach

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Our caring and committed teachers will nurture your child’s talents, passions, and aspirations, instilling a lifelong love of learning and helping them to achieve outstanding results.


At NAISR, we only recruit the best. Our world-class teachers are experts in their field, with a wealth of international experience. They’re caring, compassionate, and committed to giving your child the personalised support and attention they need to flourish.

As well as nurturing your child’s academic development, our teachers will help them to thrive both personally and socially. We’re proud that 90% of our parents say their child is very happy at our school.

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Alison Lipp
Originally from Canada, Alison has a wealth of teaching and leadership experience in primary and secondary schools across the globe. Alison is passionate about the benefits of an international education and drives our holistic approach to learning.
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Alison Lipp

Originally from Canada, Alison has lived in Europe (France and The Netherlands) for the past 14 years. A vastly experienced teacher and senior leader, Alison has worked in primary and secondary schools across the globe.

Alison extols the virtues of international and intercultural education, and is passionate about providing truly personalised learning experiences for every child. She leads our holistic approach, ensuring every student’s personal and academic needs are met. Alison’s three children are proud members of our primary school.

Alison’s qualifications include:

  • Certificate of International Leadership – Principal Training Centre, Rome, Italy.
  • Principal’s Qualification Programme – Ontario Principals’ Council, Ontario, Canada.
  • Master of Education – Mount Saint Vincent University, Ontario, Canada.
  • Bachelor of Education – Queen's University, Ontario, Canada.
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Brett Sullivan
Vice Principal - Pastoral
Brett joined us in 2014, having previously worked in teaching, strategic, and operational leadership roles at international schools around the world. With a focus on pastoral care and wellbeing, Brett helps us to create an inclusive learning environment where everyone thrives.
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Brett Sullivan

Originally from New Zealand, Brett has worked at NAISR since 2014. Brett is focused on our students’ health, happiness, and wellbeing, making sure everyone gets the care and attention they need to succeed. Brett has previously held Senior Curriculum Coordinator, International Middle Years Curriculum Coordinator, and Counsellor roles.

As well as being an experienced teacher, Brett has managed customer and public-facing service operations, including frontline emergency services. He has also led world championship winning sporting organisations and managed large teams of staff and volunteers.

Brett’s qualifications include:

  • Certificate of International School Leadership – Principal Training Centre, USA.
  • Diploma in Teaching – Auckland College of Education, New Zealand.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration – Victoria University, New Zealand.
  • Bachelor of Education in Physical Education – Massey University, New Zealand.
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Ceris Flew
Vice Principal - Academic
Having taught in the UK for 10 years – and held international roles in the US, China and Serbia – Ceris has a wealth of teaching and leadership experience. Committed to making sure every student learns in a way that works for them, Ceris is passionate about the academic benefits of our all-encompassing approach to education.
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Ceris Flew

Originally from the UK, Ceris has considerable teaching and leadership experience in schools across the globe. Having taught in England for 10 years, Ceris moved to Washington DC, before taking on new challenges in Serbia and China.

Ceris joined us at NAISR in 2020. She's a passionate advocate for the benefits of a truly holistic education. Drawing on her experiences in some of the very best international schools, Ceris develops opportunities that enable each student to thrive academically and personally.

Ceris’ qualifications include:

  • Postgraduate Certificate of Education with QTS – University of Bath, UK.
  • Master of Arts – University of Leicester, UK.
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) English Literature – University of Leicester, UK.
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Willem Horbach
Chief Financial Officer
Willem has 30 years’ experience in financial roles both in and outside of the education sector. A longstanding member of the NAISR family, Willem loves working in our small but dynamic international community, where everyone feels included and supported.
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Willem Horbach

A Dutch national, Willem has more than 30 years’ experience in high profile financial roles. Willem also has extensive business development, HR, and ICT knowledge, and has led large-scale projects that have transformed how organisations operate.

Willem joined us in 2011 as Business Manager. His qualifications include:

  • Lead Assessor – Education, Management and Development Language Institute Regina Coeli, Vught, The Netherlands.
  • Business Economics (International Management) – Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
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Soul Robertson
Director of Admissions and Marketing
Originally from South Africa, Soul has lived in The Netherlands for 14 years. Soul is passionate about the opportunities our school offers and is the friendly face you’ll meet when you first get in touch with us.
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Soul Robertson

Having previously worked in the USA, UK, and Qatar, Soul has lived in The Netherlands for 14 years.

An expat parent herself, Soul understands the importance of choosing the right school for your child. She’s an expert at helping families navigate the challenges of settling into a new life abroad, too. At every stage of the admissions process, Soul can provide the information and guidance you need to make your decision.

Soul has a Bachelor’s in Education, a Major in Psychology, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing Management.

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At NAISR, our teachers bring learning to life through the latest education technology (EdTech). In lessons, students benefit from interactive smartboards, iPads, and MacBooks. Our technology-enriched STEAM Maker Space will inspire your child to imagine a world of infinite possibilities, too, developing their investigative and critical thinking skills.

On Nord Anglia’s secure Global Campus learning platform, your child will connect with classmates in countries around the world.  They’ll collaborate on one-of-a-kind global projects and take on exciting challenges. And they’ll immerse themselves in specially curated content from UNICEF and MIT.


Our teachers are always learning. We support them to expand their knowledge in partnership with world-leading education organisations and through the award-winning Nord Anglia University.
  • On the Nord Anglia University learning platform, our teachers share ideas with colleagues from across the world and complete hundreds of courses each year. They can also study for the Master’s in International Education from King’s College London.
  • Accreditations from renowned educational providers, including NEASC and CIS, support our teachers’ trailblazing practise, as well as providing ongoing development opportunities.
  • Our IBDP teachers are certified and trained by the International Baccalaureate Organisation, ensuring they’re experts in the Diploma’s approach, methodology, and assessment procedures.
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We’re incredibly proud of our exceptional teaching standards. Our teachers are experts in their field with vast international experience. They stay with us for an average of seven years – some for much longer. This creates a strong community where teachers are fully invested in both our holistic approach and our students’ progression.

To ensure quality, our teachers are regularly assessed against local and national benchmarks, as well as Nord Anglia’s stringent Quality Assurance Framework. Rigorous background screening, criminal record checks, and a comprehensive safeguarding policy keep our students safe at school.

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Our exceptional teachers shape lives, delivering unique personalised learning experiences and nurturing talents. Join our supportive international community and – like our students – you’ll love coming into school every day.
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