Sophia High School

Meet Sophia's Education Team

Inspirational School Leaders, Melissa McBride and David McCarthy, have supported thousands of students and their families with their educational journeys in leading independent schools in the UK and International British curriculum schools in the Middle East and Asia.

Melissa McBride

Melissa McBride

Co-founder & CEO

As Co Founder and CEO of Sophia, Melissa is responsible for the vision, growth and strategic leadership and partnerships at Sophia. Following 16 years of teaching and leadership experience as A former Headteacher, Education Director and project advisor to the Group CEO of A major global Schools Group, Melissa brings a wealth of educational expertise to the team.

Founding three outstanding schools in three countries, U.K., Dubai and Qatar, Melissa brings both entrepreneurial drive and a progressive vision for the future of education to the launch of Sophia High.

A mom of three, Melissa is passionate about creating high quality learning opportunities for children and inspiring the next generation of students as they grow from the learners of today to the leaders of tomorrow

David Mccarthy

David McCarthy

Director of Education

As Director of Education, David holds responsibility for the educational vision and quality of education at Sophia High.

As the strategic lead for the Education Team, David heads up teacher recruitment, curriculum development and academic learning and quality assurance at Sophia High. David leads the Sophia High Team and works alongside families seeking school placement and support.

In his long-standing career in Education, David has been teacher, Head of Year, Head of House, Head of Department, Director of Studies, Deputy Headmaster and Head of a senior school.