Miss Emma Hurst
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Miss Hurst has been the Deputy Principal at GEMS Jumeirah Primary School since 2013, working as part of the Senior Leadership Team to consistently maintain ‘Outstanding’ outcomes for the children of JPS. Her main areas of responsibility are currently Child Protection and Safeguarding, National Agenda Parameters, Teaching and Learning, Health and Safety and Recruitment of our wonderful teachers, amongst other things. Prior to this, Miss Hurst led on Curriculum, instigating change and line-managing subject leaders and heads of department through core curriculum changes following the UK curriculum reforms in 2014. In addition to her leadership role at JPS, Miss Hurst is an active member of the Local Advisory Board at GEMS Jumeirah College.
Prior to joining Jumeirah Primary School, Miss Hurst was an ‘Outstanding’ Key Stage Two classroom teacher and core curriculum leader for five years in the North East and then North West of England, before progressing, in 2007, to Deputy Head and then Head of School in a large, inclusive primary school in South Yorkshire, UK. As Deputy Head, Miss Hurst worked in very close partnership with the Head Teacher, moving the school from ‘Satisfactory’, when she joined, to ‘Outstanding’ within a short time frame, as well as leading the school through a very successful amalgamation with the feeder Infant school in January 2012. As a result of this successful leadership within her own school, and because of her passionate belief that all children deserve the highest quality education and learning experiences, Miss Hurst was appointed as a Specialist Leader of Education for the National College for School Leadership, with whom she worked on school improvement, building capacity and improving middle and senior leadership in numerous schools across the borough.
Outside of school, Miss Hurst is a fitness enthusiast, with strength training, cycling and hiking being her favourites. She keeps her brain exercised by studying for a Masters in Psychology.