Leading Through Learning: Mark Ford’s Journey from Yorkshire to Dubai

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From the windswept moors of Yorkshire to the sun-kissed sands of Dubai, Mark Ford’s journey as a principal is as extraordinary as it is enlightening. Please pull up a chair alongside Leisa Grace as we traverse Mark’s fascinating voyage through the world of education and leadership in our Behind the Principal’s Desk series. 

His story is filled with insights on how education is flourishing in the Middle East and peppered with tales of his own competitive spirit that once aimed for tennis stardom and rocked the music scene.

Feel the heartbeat of the English College, Dubai, where confidence blooms and community ties are as strong as the desert sun is bright. In our candid discussion, we uncover the secret ingredients that craft such a vibrant educational culture. 

This episode is a mosaic of inspiration, gratitude, and the heartfelt community spirit that defines the English College. Join us and see what sets our haven of education apart in the bustling city of Dubai.


Mark Ford brings with him over three decades of experience in education. He graduated in Mathematics from Nottingham before completing his PGCE at York University. His career has seen him teaching in the UK, Kenya, France, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, at Abu Dhabi’s ADEK ‘Outstanding School’, The British School Al Khubairat, followed by a Principal position at Dubai’s ‘Outstanding’ Dubai British School until 2016. He then moved to Kuala Lumpur to head the prestigious British Garden International School before joining The English College in August 2019.

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