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James Burns


Year 6 Teacher and House Coordinator (Primary)

Mr Burns has taught in the UK and abroad in Thailand and Nepal, and joined the school in 2018.

I have been teaching now for several years, including two extra years volunteering in the UK and abroad in Thailand and Nepal. I completed an intense two year course with Teach First (a charity targeting schools in deprived areas in the UK) with ‘Outstanding’ status. I then spent a further two years in this same school working hard in an amazing community, as part of a fantastic team.
As much as I loved my time at my school, the passion to teach abroad was too much and working at BIS Abu Dhabi was an amazing opportunity not to be missed. I’m enjoying working in an innovative school, with high ambitions and as part of a large experienced team.
Travelling is one of my biggest passions and exploring new cultures and countries is of great interest to me. I have been lucky to spend many years doing this already and I’m looking forward to doing more in the future.
As well as travelling, I am a keen sportsman and musician. I absolutely love football, running, fitness and tennis as well as playing guitar. For me, my personal aspirations would be to build a career with Nord Anglia Education and working hard with BIS Abu Dhabi. I love the group’s ambitions, ethos and vision and being part of this team is a great opportunity which I would love to take further.