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April 18, 2017

The Alpha School, Al Qusais 3

Updated May 2017

“The Alpha School is not just another new school – Alpha seeks something different, and special, for all its children.

Our mission, vision and values are embedded within our three pillars of Identity, Family and Innovation.

Our Alpha identity is shaped by our multicultural environment and our appreciation of UAE culture and heritage within our core British curriculum. International-mindedness and respect are key.  Our students celebrate a strong sense of identity in faith, language and heritage.  An Alpha education draws the best elements of all these frameworks to provide an exceptionally personal learning experience for every [...]

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June 30, 2016

The International School of Choueifat, Dubai Investments Park 1

Located in Dubai Investments Park, The International School of Choueifat -DIP is the second SABIS® school in Dubai. Our review of the original school can be found here.

Making the decision to Choose a SABIS® school for the education of their child(ren), we believe, should be a considered one, for prospective parents.

There are qualities to a SABIS® education that will draw some parents. But, equally, SABIS® schools have an educational ethos, methodology and approach to each child’s education and development that is not comparable to any other educational curricular option facing parents.

SABIS® school represent an alternative to mainstream education, not a choice [...]

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June 27, 2016

Next Generation School, Al Barsha 3

Updated January 2017: First Inspection

Next Generation School (NGS) Is an Islamic American faith school offering all-through education to students between 4 and 18 years based on a US curriculum underpinned by a significant depth of Islamic study and understanding.  The Next Generation US curriculum follows the California State structure, with both Common Core and Next Generation Science standards governing teaching of literacy, numeracy and Science. Prospective parents may want to read our guidance on American Curriculum schools here. Critically, the school is seeking full accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) as well as membership of [...]

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June 27, 2016

Lycée Francais International Georges Pompidou, Dubai Academic City, Al Ruwayyah

KHDA Outstanding, with fees around half those of its competing equivalent Tier 1 English and IB peers, Lycée Francais International Georges Pompidou (LFIGP) is a school that is hard to find fault with. The parent school, based in Sharjah, and established in 1973, it should be noted, is equally as impressive.

In Dubai, LFIGP provision is split between what are, to all intents and purposes, two campuses. The Oud Metha school, offers an FS1-2 Maternelle education to children between the ages of 3 and 6 years, and acts as the slipstream to the main Primary and Secondary school in Dubai Academic City. The DAC campus/school completes each childs education, offering all-through [...]

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June 23, 2016

GEMS Founders School, Al Barsha South

Updated January 2017

GEMS Founders School(GFS) was established as an international UK curriculum school in September 2016, promising a “reasonably priced world-class education” meeting “the high standard of education that GEMS Education embodies.”

Founders offers an all-through English National Curriculum to IGCSE and A Level for students from FS1 to Year 13, between 3 and 19 years.

In build, GEMS advised us, and our sister site, whichschooladvisor, that Founders was being modeled on its family of Winchester schools. This, however, we felt in practice, told us little as the “Winchester” brand covers a multitude of very different schools from the fabulous, [...]

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June 22, 2016

Reach British School, Baniyas

Updated March 2017

Reach British School is a new (2014) all through FS to Year 10 (equivalent) English National Curriculum school offering phased launch provision through to IGCSE for children between 3 and 16 years of age. Prospective parents should note that the school, somewhat confusingly, works through Nursery, KG1 and 2 to Year 12 rather than using the standard UK school progression from FS1 and 2 to Year 13. We are advised that this is at the insistence of ADEC. The end result is, however, the same. As a school in phased launch, Sixth Form provision (Years 12 and 13) is not due to open until 2020 and is currently not confirmed. The school is currently operational [...]

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June 12, 2016

Emirates National School, Abu Dhabi City Campus, Al Nahyan

Established by Presidential Decree, and owned by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs (MOPA), so much is expected of Emirates National School (ENS). Given the brand, cache, stamp of the President, and significant investment, one would expect the school, or what is actually a cluster of schools operating under a single brand, to be setting benchmarks for the sector and shining a light for best practice as beacon schools in the emirate. We would have expected glowing ADEC reports, happy, positive feedback from teachers and glowing reports from students.

In contrast, the schools as a whole have fared badly since the first school, established in Mohammed Bin Zayed City, opened its [...]

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June 5, 2016

Lycée Libanais Francophone Privé-Dubai, Al Muhaisnah 4

Founded in 2003, the Lycée Libanais Francophone Privé (LLFP) was originally created to meet the needs of the Lebanese and Francophone community established in the Gulf. Today, whilst remaining a fundamentally Franco-Lebanese school, LLFP welcomes a broad range of nationalities between KG and Year 12 for its core French syllabus culminating in the General Baccalauréat, the French system’s equivalent to UK A’ Levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma [IB DP]. Since 2009, the school has shared extremely close educational, academic and administrative inks with the prestigious Collège Notre Dame de Jamhour Lebanon. It remains resolutely a not-for-profit.

Whilst somewhat [...]

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May 29, 2016

Fujairah Private Academy, Fujairah

Mooted to be one of, if not the best school in Fujairah, the Fujairah Private Academy (FPA) is certainly its most prestigious. The school is owned by the government of Fujairah, and the rulers of the Emirate play a significant role in school governance. The school’s honorary patron is His Highness Shaikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah who founded the school in 1982.

The school itself occupies beautifully designed Arabic buildings, their stone facades carefully designed to blend with the extraordinarily beautiful Hajar mountains that provide their backdrop.

FPA provides an English National Curriculum all-through education to students between FS [...]

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April 14, 2016

Delhi Private School Academy LLC, Academic City

Updated May 2017

Note 1: The school has now closed and the site will be taken over by Dubai English Speaking Collage (DESC), review here.

Note 2: Prospective parents should note that the school had changed its name from Delhi Public School Academy. The school was originally launched as the Union International Indian School as a joint venture between the Delhi Public School Society and Union Holdings.

Note 3: The school has closed for new applications. From March 2017 all existing students will transfer to DPS Sharjah and DPS Jebel Ali. As it stands, the school is being shut permanently by the current owners. The following information is for reference only and [...]

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March 5, 2016

German International School Abu Dhabi, Za’ab area, Al Tabbiyah

Updated December 2016

The German International School of Abu Dhabi [GISAD] was founded as “The German School Abu Dhabi” in 1976 by the STRABAG company.  The school started with just 16 students and 3 teachers. The school grew to educate 70 students by the late 1980’s, but during the Gulf War the school faced closure as numbers dropped to just 20 students. The school was kept alive by the dedication of a former English teacher, Maggie Topping, until 1990 when numbers started to pick up again and a new Principal was recruited. Ms Topping has become something of a hero to the German community in Abu Dhabi, eventually retiring in 2009 after more than 31 years at the [...]

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February 28, 2016

The Sheffield Private School, Al Nahda 2

Updated December 2016

The Sheffield Private School (TSPS] is a for-profit, near full-phase English national Curriculum school offering education from EYFS through to (I)GCSE GCE A’ Level.

The school provides insufficient information for prospective parents to benchmark the school in the sector or make a considered decision for considering the school for their children. Information provided (March 2016) is some of the most limited provided by any school in the Emirates, extraordinary for an established school and particularly one managed by a UK qualified Principal.

Information gaps include

No information on Post-16 GCE A’ Level provision Limited information [...]
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February 28, 2016

Springdales School Dubai, Al Quoz 4

Updated February 2017

Whilst Springdales has dropped a rating in the Dubai Schools Inspectorate’s 2016-17 Inpsection, we think this school has promise. Springdales School Dubai [SSD], established in 2012-13, is a full phase FS1 to Year 13 for-profit Indian school offering the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) curriculum to a mixed, co-education student body.

SSD represents the first school launched by the Goldline Group, a 23-year old Dubai-headquartered multi-national operating in the re-cycling, construction and logistics sectors. Whilst the school is for-profit, its launch for Dr Navjit Singh Anand, Chairman and Founder of Goldline Group, was [...]

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February 14, 2016

Lycée Français Jean Mermoz, Business Bay, Al Quoz

Updated December 2016

Prospective parents should note that Lycée Français Jean Mermoz is due to open in September 2017.

Jean Mermoz (9 December 1901 – 7 December 1936) was a French Aviator, explorer and adventurer whose association with French schools worldwide stems, in part, from help that he received from a teacher as a young man of 19 to achieve his ambitions to fly. A French (and Argentine) hero, he was known as a pioneer in aviation, in particular in flying unexplored routes between South America and Africa, losing his life eventually in a plane crash over the Atlantic from which neither his body, nor the plane were ever recovered.

His courage, ambition and [...]

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January 30, 2016

ADNOC Schools – Ruwais Campus (Formerly Glenelg School)

Updated December 2016

Established as the Glenelg School by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) in 2010, in 2016-17 the school is undergoing significant, and positive change.

Originally visited by our sister site, in early 2013, inspectors found a single school educationally and strategically divided by two competing heads, each separately driving the two Elementary and Middle/High sections of the school under their control.

The rationale for the dual Head/Principal approach was driven in part by the physical design of the school (the Middle/High School section opened one year later in 2011 and, unhelpfully, was built separately, [...]

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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 20, 2016

AJYAL International School, Mohammed Bin Zayed City

Ajyal International School is the first school established by the newly established Bin Omeir Education Foundation. The Foundation was established by the influential and respected Mohamed Omeir Bin Yousef Al-Mehairi, owner of the Bin Omeir Holding Group, as a means for the Group to significantly invest in the development of human capital in the UAE. The group has no existing experience in the educational sector to draw on and the school is being managed in association with SSAT Education, an educational consultancy.

The school was inspected by ADEC in April 2015 and scored in the lowest band of satisfactory. Whilst the buildings themselves are (genuinely) impressive, easily [...]

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January 20, 2016

GEMS Metropole School, Motor City

A school launched with more than 1000 pupils on opening – some feat for a new school, GEMS Metropole provides a (very) high value/low-mid fee alternative for parents seeking a GEMS education without the Premium Plus fees (and (almost none) of the “shiny” facilities) of its more expensive sisters.

Purpose built with a design focused on managing a very high standard of education in a large school, facilities are excellent, but without the bells and whistles of Dubai’s new elite schools including its GEMS stablemates. This said, by international standards, GEMS Metropole facilities better anything you would find in, for example, the premier league of UK state provision. [...]

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December 18, 2015

Abu Dhabi International (Private) School – Secondary, Al Karamah & Mohamed Bin Zayed City

Abu Dhabi International Private School [ADIP] was founded in 1992. The school is currently located in Al Karamah, with a (relatively much higher quality) second campus opening in Mohamed Bin Zayed City. For new students attending the new campus, however, fees almost double, although existing students are (currently) protected from the increase.

This review covers only ADIP secondary provision which achieves a very creditable A3 ADEC rating. Kindergarten and primary provision is catered for in the same school but at a significantly lower level achieving only a B4 score by inspectors in 2015.  We review this provsion separately.

It is also worth noting that the [...]

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December 17, 2015

The Cambridge High School, Mussafah

Established as a micro villa-based school in 1988, The Cambridge High School moved to Mussafah in 1995.

Part of the GEMS group, Cambridge today educates 1731 students from more than 70 nationalities between 3 and 18 years with 910 boys and 821 girls.

The school is heavily oversubscribed with some extraordinarily low fees for both a GEMS school, and one that (at a high standard) delivers the English National Curriculum across the complete range of educational phases from FS1 to Post 16 GCE A’ Level.

Standards at IGCSE, AS level and A level across the spectrum of academic study are significantly above international average benchmarks.

It is worth noting that [...]

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