Phil Yates


Head of Primary

My name is Phil and I am the proud Head of Primary at CIS Dubai. I feel privileged to work with a fantastic team of highly dedicated practitioners who provide our students with outstanding learning opportunities. I draw energy and inspiration from our happy and enthusiastic, well-rounded students who never fail to put a smile on our faces, each and every day.

I come from a small town called Middlesbrough in the North-East of England and have worked in the field of education for over 16 years, 11 of which, have been in the UAE. Prior to joining CIS Dubai in the 21/22 academic year, I worked in Abu Dhabi, most recently as a Head of Primary of an English National Curriculum FS1-Y13 school. 

I have completed a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and Management and I am extremely passionate about providing as many enrichment opportunities both in school and the wider community, for our students, as possible. I believe firmly in the positive physiological and psychological benefits of sports and exercise and you will often find me encouraging the whole school community to lead a healthy lifestyle. One of my favourite parts of the week is dedicated to leading the CIS Primary Run Club before school, to get our day and week off to the best possible start for our students.