Qatar Airways and Orbital Education announced the appointment of Derek Laidlaw as Executive Principal of Oryx International School for the 2018/19 Academic Year. Laidlaw will head the new world-class campus which will offer state-of-the-art facilities for students from Foundation Stage 1 through Year 13 at Mesaimeer off Barwa City. 

Derek Laidlaw
Principal Derek Laidlaw

Oryx International School is a premium education facility dedicated solely for children of Qatar Airways employees. The school reflects Qatar Airways’ commitment to its staff, by ensuring both employees and their children receive the first-class training and education needed to excel. The school follows the National Curriculum of England, which provides students with a challenging learning environment that is balanced, interactive and supports their development in all activities.

Chief Executive Officer of Orbital Education, which operates Oryx International on behalf of Qatar Airways, David Pottinger, said that the newly-appointed executive principal demonstrated how his leadership experience made him the ideal candidate to lead the school forward into the future.

We look forward to seeing him develop a five-star educational institution in Doha for children of Qatar Airways staff. We are delighted to welcome him on board.’

Laidlaw, who will take up his post beginning 1 August 2018, joins Oryx International School from the position of Head Teacher at King’s College, The British School of Alicante, which he led for more than seven years. It is a leading international school in Spain, achieving an excellent grading in all categories from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) of the UK. Laidlaw is also not a stranger to Qatar, having held a leadership position in Doha College for six years.

Laidlaw is delighted to be joining Oryx International School at such an exciting time. He said that he looks forward to engaging with students in learning discussions, helping them to find their ‘eureka’ moments to enable them to prepare themselves for the challenges ahead.

Oryx International School offers an environment that enables a rich learning experience, providing the nurturing needed to students to become successful learners, ethical individuals, and international citizens. The new campus in Mesaimeer will provide a first-class experience with state-of-the-art facilities exclusively for Qatar Airways employees.

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