About our Headmaster
Nicholas Gunn (BA, PGCE, CELTA, NPQH),
Headmaster, King’s College Riyadh
Educated at Brighton College and with a degree in surveying, Nicholas went on to receive a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and then a Certificate to Teach English as a Foreign Language from the University of Cambridge. He has since completed the UK’s rigorous National Professional Qualification for Headship.
With over 25 years in teaching and leadership roles across the entire 3-18 age range, Nicholas brings a wealth of experience from both UK and international schools, including headship positions in top-tier schools in the UK, the Middle East and Asia. He has worked on numerous school start-ups including Japan’s flagship first government-backed international school and subsequently, its first British curriculum boarding school. An experienced school inspector, he is a keen advocate of school improvement and child-centred learning. He has both supported and led numerous schools through a range of accreditations.
More recently, Nicholas was Founding Headmaster of King’s College Doha. Under his leadership, King’s Doha grew quickly into one of Qatar’s best international schools, becoming the fastest school in the country to be awarded the QNSA government accreditation.
As someone with significant existing experience within the King’s College family, Nicholas is very well placed to lead the opening of King’s College Riyadh.
About our Academic Lead
Tania is a Music graduate and has been in education for thirty years. Having taught 3-9 year old children in the UK at different prestigious independent schools, she moved to the Middle East as part the founding team for Sherborne School Qatar. There she became Deputy Head (Academic) leading the academic provision from Early Years to Year 8.
In 2014 Tania joined Cranleigh School Abu Dhabi as the founding Head of Pre-Prep and was instrumental in the school’s set up. She is a qualified school inspector and has been on various inspection teams around the world for British Schools Overseas and British Schools Middle East. Tania joined King’s College Riyadh in 2021 as the Academic Lead of our Founding Team.
Alongside implementing a strong academic programme, Tania believes in creating a caring and secure environment which enables children to thrive, enjoy school and fulfil their potential. In all her roles, Tania has successfully built special communities in primary school where children learn to look after each other and treat each other with kindness. When she is not working, Tania enjoys music (as a trumpet/cornet player), cooking, gardening and various craft activities.
Enrol your child at King’s College Riyadh
Children who join King’s Riyadh will leave as well-rounded young adults, having fulfilled their potential and having gained a place at the UK, US, or local university of their choice. They will have been prepared for life beyond school and will be able to contribute positively to society.