“We are explorers, adventurers and fantastic team players”
We are based in:
Desert Block, which includes the Mathematics and Islamic Studies Departments
Desert House Team
Head of House:
Ms. Sian Davies
Deputy Head of House:
Mrs. Rachel Powell
Mrs. Melanie Doy
Ms. Cuddihy (D7B)
Mr. Crossley (D7G)
Mr. Mustafa (D7K)
Mr. Oakley (D8A)
Ms. Mercurius (D8F)
Ms. Wright (D9B)
Ms. McDade (D9E)
Mr. Kerr (D9AA)
Ms. Booth (D10D)
Ms. Fowles (D10G)
Mr. Rehman (D11F)
Ms. Baker (D11H)
Mr. Roberts (D12A)
Mr. Booth (D12D)
Ms. Mozzetti (D12J)
Mr. Madden (D13B)
Mr. Page (D13C)
Mr. Murtaza (D13K)
Associated Member of SLT:
Mr A. Tkaczuk, Assistant Headteacher
Desert House Leadership Team
Ms. Davies, Head of Desert House
I am incredibly proud to have been Head of Desert House since the inception of the House system at DESC. We have sustained a positive and energetic attitude, celebrating stunning successes together and consoling each other through the few disappointing defeats.
The last few years in Desert have been extremely exciting; we have transformed our block with colour and celebration of student success. We have built our fortitude and strength, smiled together, devised supporting chants in assembly (and chanted them with gusto) and ploughed on with hope in every competition.
As well as our zeal in all House Competitions in Desert, we have also built and are continuing to develop an effective, supportive community. Our tutors are compassionate and have established excellent relationships within our House. We have supervised students carefully, ensuring that academic or social provision is offered to support the students who may need help with their approach to learning or social skills. We have experienced our share of joys, with many students attaining amazing individual and team sporting or academic successes, as well as achieving positions as Lead Learners, Digital Leaders and House and Sports Leaders.
Our Sixth Form Desert Student Leaders have established high expectations of all House members from the very beginning, setting an amazing example for future Desert Leaders to aspire to. We have also enjoyed a range of lively assemblies with some hilarious and passionate student participation. The Desert Demeanour prize is a regular celebration of student success, along with the termly Student of the Term.
We have always been successful in House events, gaining second place consistently until 2017, when we were worthy and happy winners of the House Competition. Great successes have been celebrated with our hashtags #Desert Foxes and #justdoitDesert. You can find out about our range of successes and see photos and videos on the @descdesert twitter feed.
We look forward to this next academic year with great excitement; our colour is orange and the mascot chosen by the students is the Desert Fox. Look for our mascot and our House colour worn and emblazoned with pride.
Growing up in the cold conditions of the North East of England, it was warmer shores that attracted my husband and I to Dubai. After completing a degree in Geography, I relocated to Bristol to study for my PGCE before teaching in Cardiff for four years. As I embark upon my fourth year in the UAE and eight years in teaching I am delighted to be joining Desert House. I have been privileged to witness the House system evolve at DESC and I am thrilled to be Deputy Head of House.
Within Desert house we encourage our students to value and respect each other whilst having an awareness of the world around them. We value participation as well as success, and I encourage all students to become involved in house events and grasp the wonderful opportunities that are presented to them throughout the academic year.
Mrs. Melanie Doy, Desert House Parent Liaison
If you have any concerns regarding your child’s welfare or well-being, please contact us via Mrs. Doy using the email address below and she will direct your enquiry to the appropriate place.
Extension number: 292