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Meet Our Director

As the Director of Fairgreen International School, Ed Pearce is an experienced and knowledgeable leader with a lifelong passion for sustainability. He has more than 20 years experience leading high performing international schools from all corners of the globe. He has previously served as a leader at prestigious schools in the United States, China, Malaysia, Dubai and the United Kingdom. 

Ed works to actively build teams committed to delivering outstanding learning experiences for students. He also strongly believes in the powerful and productive relationship between schools and the families they serve. He has a strong track record in fostering community among families in the schools he has led. 

Considering the opportunity to serve as Fairgreen’s director a dream, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Ed is thrilled to be able to combine two of his passions: sustainability and education. His passion for environmental sustainability was developed from a young age and has been a guiding principle as an international educator. In 2019, Ed received a prestigious Cannes Award for his school’s “Floating Gardens” conservation project, aimed at rehabilitating river banks and local wildlife, in consultation with Chicago-based Urban Rivers. This passion for promoting sustainability for both the environment, as well as personal sustainability and wellbeing, complements his promotion of international mindedness and character building in the communities he has led across the world.

Starting off his career as a teacher in Australia and the United Kingdom, Ed first moved to Dubai in August 2008 where he served as the Deputy Head of Repton Preparatory School for three years. He then joined The Alice Smith School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as Assistant Principal for four years, during which he led a whole-school improvement planning initiative including curriculum review, facility upgrades and technology upgrades. Moving to China, Ed then led The British School, Guangzhou, part of Nord Anglia Education  for two years. Prior to joining Fairgreen International School, he served for four years as Head of School at Nord Anglia’s The British International School Chicago, Lincoln Park in the United States.

Ed is originally from Australia and is currently completing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with the University of Cumbria (UK), in conjunction with Robert Kennedy College, Switzerland.  He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Education and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Management from University of Western Sydney. He is also a fully accredited school inspector under the British Schools Overseas inspection framework.

Ed is happy to be back in Dubai with his wife, Sarah, who herself is an experienced and passionate educator who is currently completing her Doctorate in International Education.  Their two children, Oscar and Lachlan, are looking forward to attending Fairgreen International School from August 2021.  As a family they enjoy spending time in the great outdoors (never far from the water) and exploring different cultures across the globe. In his spare time Ed is a keen sportsman and is particularly fond of golf and cricket.

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Our purpose-built campus has been designed for minimal environmental impact and includes technology-enabled classrooms, state-of-the-art science labs and maker spaces, sports hall and field, tennis and basketball courts, pools, urban farming room, art studio and gallery, music and practice rooms, wellbeing hub, outdoor patio retreat, beautiful playgrounds, and a rooftop garden.

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Sam Dillow
Admissions Manager

Questions about admissions?
Our Admissions Manager is available to assist you with the application process, or answer any questions that you may have about our curriculum, school fees, transport or uniform. As an International Baccalaureate alumnus, he can also share with you how the IB develops students into global-minded lifelong learners.