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February 22, 2016

GEMS Wellington Academy, Al Khail

Updated December 2016

Worth seeking out the “end of year” videos for on You Tube, GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail [WEK] is a (relatively) new school (2013), set to launch full provision to Sixth form through 2017-18. Al Khail itself is pretty much a GEMS-only school zone currently, and Wellington is bordered by GEMS New Millennium, GEMS International – and pretty much little else. This said, it’s reasonably accessible to prospective parents based in the New Dubai areas (Meadows, Greens etc.) or on the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road (Arabian Ranches, Dubai Sports City).

GEMS leverages the premium-plus Wellington brand for Tier 1 British English National Curriculum [...]

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January 26, 2016

GEMS Modern Academy, Nad Al Sheba 3

Updated February 2017

“The mark of a progressive society is that it is an inclusive one.” Nargish Khambatta, Principal, GEMS Modern Academy

GEMS Dubai Modern Academy is an outstanding school – and now a pioneering one. The school took the extremely bold step of applying for, and achieving, International Baccalaureate status (teaching of the IB Diploma began in 2014), a high risk, trailblazing strategy for an outstanding school already punching above its weight in an Indian, hitherto ICSCE-only curriculum school.

So radically broadening the choice of post 16 options to include the International Baccalaureate option is a risk; the Geneva imported IB [...]

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January 19, 2016

GEMS Jumeirah Primary School, Al Safa 1

Updated December 2016

Opened in 1996 GEMS Jumeirah School, known within the school as “JPS”, provides an exceptionally high standard of primary education, based on the English National Curriculum, for 1442 students from FS1 to Grade 6. One of the most sought after primary schools in the Emirate, the school is over-subscribed and operates a waiting list. Across all school types, GEMS Jumeirah Primary School, operates within Tier 1 of school provision within the Emirate.

Over 70 nationalities are represented within the school although British children predominate. Notwithstanding the size of the school, large by any British “competitor” standards, in operation the school [...]

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January 16, 2016

Repton School Dubai, Nad Al Sheba 3

Updated February 2017

Repton School Dubai polarises views. Positively, for the second year, it has now, justifiably in our view, secured the KHDA’s second award of Outstanding (2015, 2016) after 6 years of consistent and impressive improvement as a “Good” school. However, Repton is also within a whisker of being the most expensive school in Dubai, measured in comparable day fees, this placing significant pressures on the school to also provide an education that is no less than exceptional, and one that should arguably be available to all children that meet its qualifying criteria for acceptance. Only GEMS World Academy (GWA), reviewed here, two of the Kings [...]

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December 7, 2015

Dubai International Academy, Emirates Hills

The first school in the UAE to offer the Geneva based International Baccalaureate (IB), and in full across its Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP), the Dubai International Academy is innovative, well-established and academic. Of its many successes, the achievement in 2013 of one of its students, Xanita Saayman (now at the University of Toronto), of being the first DIA student, and one of only 108 worldwide, to attain the perfect score of 45/45 in the IB Diploma Programme, is particularly notable.

Opening in 2005 with more than 500 students from 55 countries, and an equally diverse faculty of more than 50 members of 18 [...]

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November 23, 2015

GEMS Dubai American Academy, Al Barsha

Updated April 2017

The following review provides historical context for the merger of GEMS Nations Academy and the KHDA Outstanding Dubai American Academy (DAA) due to complete in September 2017. The merger will see the launch of a new school, Dubai American Academy – Nations Campus,  blending the flagship facilities and faculty investment of GEMS Nations with the historically outstanding teaching and achievements of Dubai’s premium US curricular school.

GEMS Dubai American Academy (DAA) is the only school in Dubai following an American curriculum to have been awarded an “Outstanding” rating by the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau. The accolade has been [...]

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November 21, 2015

GEMS Wellington International School, Al Sufouh

Updated February 2017

A mixed private school owned and run by the GEMS group, Wellington International ranks in the premier league of Dubai schooling with a KHDA ranking of “Outstanding” awarded for the past six years. It is a hybrid English National Curriculum-International Baccalaureate Diploma school – but what really stands out, for us, is the exceptional thoughtfulness of its Key Stage 4 option provision. Stand-out is the school’s choice to offer all students both GCSE, IGCSE and, critically BTEC options. BTEC subjects are, we believe, very important in providing students with vocationally focused qualifications, and also a qualification not [...]

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November 16, 2015

Jumeirah College, Al Safa

Our students’ success cannot be defined by qualifications alone. Simon O’Connor, Principal and CEO – Jumeirah College

GEMS Jumeirah College, founded in 1999, sets itself apart with an holistic, whole-child focussed approach to the English National Curriculum. The school, under its current principal, Simon O’Connor, has forged a reputation for the outstanding personal development of its students, this recognised in class-best KHDA scoring for the Colleges whole child provision.

College Principal since July 2015, Mr O’Connor, completed his professional PCGE training at Cambridge and forged a reputation within the UK education system for skills in student [...]

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