Posted on March 06, 2018

Qatar Airways and Orbital Education are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Derek Laidlaw (pictured) as Executive Principal at Oryx International School for the 2018/19 Academic Year. Mr. 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 Road, Doha. 

Oryx International School is a premium education facility dedicated solely for the use of 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, Mr. David Pottinger, said: “Mr. Laidlaw clearly 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 the children of Qatar Airways staff. We are delighted to welcome him on board.”

Mr. Laidlaw, who will take up his post on 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 to become the leading international school in Spain, achieving an Excellent grading in all categories from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) of the UK. Mr Laidlaw is no stranger to Qatar, having held a leadership position at Doha College for six years. Mr. Laidlaw firmly believes in taking responsibility to ensure that young people receive the best upbringing and education possible, and that they are equipped to become future leaders. When asked about his new appointment, Mr. Laidlaw said: “I am delighted to be joining Oryx International School at such an exciting time. I am looking 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. The national carrier of the State of Qatar is one of the world’s fastest-growing airlines, with a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft flying to business and leisure destinations across six continents.

The award-winning airline has received a number of accolades recently, including ‘Airline of the Year’ by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, held at the Paris Air Show. This was the fourth time that Qatar Airways has been given this global recognition as the world’s best airline. In addition to being voted Best Airline by travellers from around the world, Qatar’s national carrier also won a raft of other major awards at the ceremony, including ‘Best Airline in the Middle East,’ ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge’.