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Ems Northey

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Deputy Head of School

Before coming to America, I went to Kingston University where, much to my parents’ horror, I seemed to be an eternal student. After just over 8 years, I came away with a degree in Education, a degree in Psychology, and a Masters in Education and Educational Leadership.

I moved to the U.S. in August 2002, making me the second longest serving member of staff. Prior to this, I taught for 18 years in three schools in the UK. For 14 of those years I was Head of the Lower School in an independent primary school in London.

When I first moved onto the international circuit, I decided to go back into the classroom, teaching in both Reception and Year 1 for three years. When I started at BISB the school was located in Dedham. Before accepting the role of Deputy Head of School, I was Head of the Primary School at BISB for several years. I don’t teach nearly as much as I would like anymore, but I have really enjoyed watching the school grow and develop.

I live with my husband Scott, who is American and is a lawyer, and our wonderful daughter Willow. We also have another child – a very large Great Dane called Mosi.

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling and reading. I have been involved on several CIS (Council of International Schools) review teams, and consider these to be fantastic opportunities to get into other schools and see great practice, as well as being unbelievably good personal and professional development. 

A weird and wonderful fact is that I can write backwards as fast I can write forwards (not very useful!). I sincerely hope that one day I will be able to change this achievement into something infinitely more interesting!

What students say about me

“Ms. Northey is fair and kind. She has a good sense of humour and always listens to all sides of a problem, before making any decisions."

“I like going to see Ms. Northey, she makes me laugh and gives me hugs and says I am clever."

“Whenever I walk past Ms. Northey’s office, even if she is on the phone or busy, she always stops and waves to us. She is very kind and friendly."

“I always feel very safe going to talk with Ms.Northey, as she makes time for everyone and she always has good advice for us. I feel like she is very fair with everyone."

What makes BISB unique?

Every day when I wake up, I actually really look forward to coming to school. I think that everyone would agree that working in a small, young, and evolving school is an amazing experience but, I can say honestly that the sheer enthusiasm, with which everyone in our community approaches BISB school life, is like nothing I have ever known. From engaged and excited students, to willing and involved parents, and a conscientious and passionate staff. What more could anyone ask for?