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Neal Dilk

Neal has more than twenty years of experience working in international schools, with sixteen years in senior leadership positions across Europe and Asia. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, curricular planning and program development, accreditation and compliance systems, budgeting and financial management, risk management planning, and crisis management.

Over the course of his career, Neal has worked to develop opportunities for students that strengthen and enrich learning. Neal has developed service-learning programs, STEAM programs, mother tongue-based language programs, learning support systems, personalized learning systems.

Neal holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University, and a School Management and Leadership Certificate from Harvard University. He is a certified International Baccalaureate administrator, and an active member of the Association of International School Heads, and the Council of International Schools where Neal serves as an inspector.


Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith
Director of Student Affairs

Matthew Smith, completed his degree and PGCE in the UK, and has nearly 20 years’ teaching experience. Matthew has been at Bateen World Academy since 2014 and is the Director of Student Affairs. His primary focus centres around leading comprehensive pastoral care and facilitating the development of students' character within the framework of the IB Learner Profile. He is also the schools Child Protection Coordinator and responsible for supporting the continued development of inclusion provision across the school.

Matthew has also completed Penta School Inspection training during his time as Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning. Presently, Matthew is in the final stages of completing his National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH), which will further enhance his leadership skills.


Penny Andrianou
Director of Teaching, Learning and CPD

I have been at Bateen World Academy since August 2013 and have had the greatest privilege in leading and developing the Drama Department for the last 8 years and being a member of the Extended Leadership Team.

I have always valued the importance of being a lifelong learner and developing my knowledge and skills within the field of education. This then led me to complete a Masters (MA) in ‘Leading Innovation and Change,’ and the National Qualification of Senior Leaders (NPQSL).

I have always had a passion for teaching and learning and strive to provide students with innovative and challenging learning experiences, that develop students’ individual strengths and passions and enable them to continuously grow and learn. I believe that this an exciting time for education and an opportunity to embrace the rapid changes in technology and aim to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to able to navigate their way through an ever-changing technological world.

I believe in the importance of a collaborative working environment, where we share a common goal in supporting all students to recognise that they have the potential to achieve the very best. Thus, enabling students to make connections to the real world and grow to become well-rounded and open-minded international citizens of the 21st century.


Year Group School Fees Per Annum (in AED)* Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Registration Fee
FS2 56,330 22,532 16,899 16,899 2,000
Year 1 – Year 6 59,150 23,660 17,745 17,745 2,000
Year 7 – Year 8 60,630 24,252 18,189 18,189 2,000
Year 9 65,000 26,000 19,500 19,500 2,000
Year 10 – Year 11 68,290 27,316 20,487 20,487 2,000
Year 12 – Year 13 71,160 28,464 21,348 21,348 2,000

* There may be an increase to the school fees prior or during the Academic Year 2023/2024 subject to ADEK approval.
* Tuition Fees do not include uniform, food services, transport, examination fees or extra-curricular activities outside school hour.

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