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Meet Our Senior Management Team

Dr Christian Barkei, Principal

The Principal, Dr Christian Barkei, has worked in both the grammar school system in the UK and in senior positions in international Schools in Asia before arriving in Luxembourg in 2013. He grew up moving between Australia, the UK and Bavaria and has been part of a globally orientated family ever since. A graduate of the University of Durham, he enjoys the Luxembourg countryside and the history of the region. He and his wife Merrin (who comes from New Zealand) have two children who attend St George's.

Ms Claire Nuttall, Head Teacher (Primary) / Vice-Principal

The Head Teacher of Primary, Claire Nuttall, has been in senior leadership for the past 20 years. Claire worked as a Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher in inner-city London, and was actively involved in change management. During her leadership the school was named as one of the most improved schools in England and received accolades for consistently high pupil progress. An international student herself, in Hong Kong and Jordan, Claire loves the international setting and global mix of students. Claire enjoys facilitating on the INPQSL in Netherlands with a knowledgeable and vibrant group of international school leaders. As a leader of #WomenEdBeLux, Claire promotes diversity in all forms.

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Ms Claire Simmonds, Acting Head Teacher (Secondary)

Claire worked within the Social Care sector for 3 years, before moving to the University of Southampton to complete her first degree in Corporate Communication followed by a Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary ICT. After working in several secondary schools in Cheshire as Head of Department and Head of Year she became an Assistant Head Teacher and DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead) in one of Cheshire’s largest state secondary schools. In 2011 she completed her Masters in Education at the University of Chester.  During this time, she also worked across 21 feeder schools setting up a programme of collaboration amongst staff. Moving to St George’s in 2019, Claire relished the change of being in Luxembourg.  In 2022, she was sponsored to complete her iNPQH Headteacher qualification. Claire looks forward to developing, managing and sustaining further change as Acting Head Teacher of Secondary.

Mrs Emmanuelle Kruten, Finance & Administration Manager

Originally from Metz (France), Emmanuelle Kruten lived in New York and Mexico City before settling in Luxembourg in 2005. She has been working at St George's since 2009 and has been happy to be a part of the school’s life since then. In her spare time, she enjoys taking part in the many activities Luxembourg has to offer without the stress of living in a big city.  Emmanuelle is now a proud bi-national French and Luxembourger.