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April 18, 2017

The Alpha School, Al Qusais 3

“The Alpha School is not just another new school – Alpha seeks something diffferent, 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 child.

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September 22, 2016

Foremarke School, Dubai Science Park, Al Barsha South

“I am extremely proud of our achievements here at Foremarke. Our pastoral care not only aims to prepare our pupils for any challenge they may face in their future but also shapes them into true Foremarkians; children with common sense, who are aspirational and respectful and most importantly, children who will enjoy their education. Our unique small class sizes set us above all other academic institutions in Dubai, allowing for a truly tailored approach for each child. Additionally, children benefit from specialist teaching from Nursery up to Year 6 and this approach is reflected in our latest academic achievements, which has put us well above international standards in all areas of [...]

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September 21, 2016

Oaktree Primary School, Al Quoz

Updated November 2016

““Oaktree Primary is determined to provide an excellent education which is based on positivity and happiness. We are looking to combine the familiarity and family-focussed nature of an English primary school with the internationalism of the community here in Dubai. We believe that the happy child is the child that will learn best, and so we are focussed on being positive and welcoming at all times, both to our children and to their parents.” Christopher McDermott, Founding Head, Oaktree Primary School.

Al Quoz based Oaktree Primary School, a new British FS to Year 6 Primary, opened in September 2016 and aims to swiftly establish itself as [...]

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September 18, 2016

The Children’s Garden, Dubai Investments Park, Jumeirah 2, Al Barsha 2

‘Childhood should be a journey, not a race’ Mission Statement. Taaleem's The Children's Garden. Dubai.

Taaleem’s The Children’s Garden [TCG] offers for its children both a childhood and education.  There are three pre-schools. The first opened in the Green Community in 2005, this followed by the Jumeirah 2 pre-school in 2009. The latest, The Children’s Garden, opened in Al Barsha 2 in 2012.

Updated February 2017

First thing to get out of the way, is that we really like this school. There are many significant developments taking place at The Children’s Garden [TCG] that, for us, really showcase how special these schools are – and in particular the extraordinary [...]

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March 31, 2016

Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba, Nad Al Sheba 3

Updated April 2017

“Our school is more than an outstanding one – it stands for something – and stands out. We have created a home for learning that achieves for children beyond outstanding academics, as vital as they are. Kings Nad Al Sheba is a place in which children learn in the fullest sense – and find their own purpose. It is a very special school that crafts an education through imagination and discovery – and one that makes its own powerful and distinct contribution within the Kings group of Tier 1 British schools.”

Darren Gale. Principal. Kings School. Nad Al Sheba.

Prospective parents should read the following with reviews of Kings School Dubai, [...]

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March 30, 2016

Kings’ School Al Barsha, Al Barsha 3

Updated February 2017

Kings’ Education in the UAE comprises three schools:

Kings’ Dubai [KD]: the KHDA Outstanding founding FS1 to Year 6 English National Curriculum preparatory school located in Umm Suqeim 3 and established in 2004

Kings’ Nad Al Sheba [KNAS]: an FS1 to Year 6 English National Curriculum preparatory school with planned eventual phased launch to provide the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The school is also referred to as Kings’ College and opened in 2014.

King’s Al Barsha [KAB]: the King’s all-through English National Curriculum school offering RSA Opening Minds structured provision through (I)GCEs and GCE A’ Level. The school is the [...]

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March 25, 2016

Swiss International Scientific School, Dubai Healthcare City 2, Al Jaddaf

Updated January 2017

Launched in 2015-16, the Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai [SISD] is a premium plus, Tier 1 through-school undergoing phased opening to Grade 12. The school currently (2017) offers the full continuum International Baccalaureate (IB) programme from Pre-KG to Grade 10.  Located near the Business Bay bridge, the 67,845 square metre Dubai Creek waterfront campus makes a striking impression from all sides.

Taken as a whole across its facilities, curriculum and architecture, the school represents one of the most ambitious educational projects undertaken in the UAE to date.

SISD will be the first day and boarding school in Dubai to [...]

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March 24, 2016

Emirates International School Jumeirah, Umm Al Sheif

Updated December 2016

Prospective parents should note that Emirates International School Jumeirah [EISJ] is, in fact, located in Umm Al Sheif. The school has also been known variously as Emirates International Private School, Emirates International School and Emirates International School Um Suquim which adds to the confusion.

The school, together with Emirates International School Meadows [EISM], together comprise the Emirates International School [EIS], although to all intents and purposes, notwithstanding their shared ownership by the Al Habtoor Group, they are separate schools with independent leadership.

Parents historically have chosen between the two based [...]

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March 13, 2016

Dubai International School Al Quoz, Al Quoz 1

Updated December 2016

Dubai International School Al Quoz [DISQ] is the sister school of Dubai International School, Al Garhoud [DISG]. Together they comprise the Dubai International School [DIS]. Whilst the schools refer to themselves as campuses of a single school and, notwithstanding that the schools share common ownership, curriculum and values, the Dubai inspectorate treats them separately.

There is some merit in this as there are differences between the schools both in terms of facility provision, school transparency, delivery on the ground and leadership from the school’s respective Heads.

As of 2016-17, both schools achieve a basic “Acceptable” rating by [...]

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March 13, 2016

Raffles World Academy, Umm Suqeim 3

Updated December 2016

Raffles World Academy was established by Emaar Education in 2006 following negotiation with Raffles Campus, a school management company in Singapore, which eventually led to Emaar purchasing the company and “Raffles International” brand outright in 2007.

The Raffles brand was rolled out to the then “Raffles International School – West Campus”; “Raffles International School – South Campus”; “Raffles International School – North Campus”; and “Raffles Nursery.”

As part of the purchase, Ng Boon Yew, the founding chairman of Raffles Campus Singapore, moved to Dubai to set up and run the UAE schools as the chief executive of Emaar [...]

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March 9, 2016

Hartland International School, Sobha Hartland, Nad Al Sheba

Updated March 2017

Hartland International is a school that has launched with many of the teething pains that we expect of new schools opening in the UAE, and is still in the process of working through what has amounted to quite a turbulent start – more on this below. Despite this the school made it to the top 5 of whichschoooladvisor’s rated “Top New Schools for 2015-16,” largely on the back of the schools facilities and its stated aspirations: Hartland International has been established ground-up as a premium, Tier 1, full-phase KG to Year 13 school.

The school has been built at the heart of the newly developing Sobha Hartland Community in Mohammed Bin Rashid [...]

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March 5, 2016

Dubai Scholars Private School, Al Ghusais School Zone, Al Qusais

Updated December 2016

Dubai Scholars Private School [DSPS] brands itself as having academic foundations rooted in the “British model for teaching and learning, offering students a rigorous program to progress from one stage to the next supported by classroom interactions that challenge students to think deeply.”

The school is run for profit and, founded in 1976 as a micro primary school operating from a villa in Deira, was the first school opened by the Scholars International Group [SIG] which today owns the Scholars International Academy, Sharjah and the newly established Clarion School in Dubai.

Dubai Scholars educates around 1600 predominantly Indian students [...]

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March 5, 2016

Grammar School, Al Garhoud

Updated December 2016

Prospective parents should note that we have been contacted by the Grammar School [December 2016] and our review should be read in conjunction with the following advice by the school:

The school was purchased by new owners in November 2015 A new UK senior leadership team, husband and wife, William and Margaret Deacon, took over management of the school in February 2016 The school has been “completely overhauled” in academics, improvements to infrastructure and in educational and administrative software to aid teaching and learning The school has now moved away from grades and introduced the formal all-through UK Year system from FS to Year 13 The [...]
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March 1, 2016

GEMS World Academy, Al Barsha South

Updated April 2017

GEMS World Academy – Dubai (GWA) is a PreK to Grade 12 International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) accredited school. GWA offers an all-through IB education from the Primary Years Program [PYP], through Middle Years Program [MYP] to the full Diploma Program [DP] for students aged between 3 and 18 years.

As of April 2017, we have been advised that the school will also offer the alternative International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IB CP) from the 2017-2018 academic year. This is an extremely welcome development and something that we believe is a critical element of IB post-16 schooling in order that schools can meet the broadest [...]

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March 1, 2016

The Oxford School Dubai, Muhaisnah 4

The Oxford School Dubai [OSD] was established “Mom and Pop” fashion by the for-profit IQRA Group within a villa in 1986. “50 students and a tiny villa in Jumeirah” was all we had write its owners. The school followed similar establishment of the IQRA’s villa-based Apple Nursery in 1981 in Karama which started with just a handful of students. Today the group also own the English National Curriculum based Apple International School {AIS], the CBSE based Indian Academy Dubai [IAD]and Indian Academy Sharjah [IAS] and the Emirates Tender Care Nursery, together educating over 6,000 students.

None of the IQRA Group schools in Dubai achieve “Good” school accreditation by the KHDA and [...]

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March 1, 2016

The School of Research Science, Al Warqa 4

Updated December 2016

Prospective parents should note that The School of Research Science [SRS] moved to landmark new premises in 2014, increasing the student body by 678 from 2047 to 2725 children between February 2014 and September 2015 when the school moved from Al Qusais to Al Warqa.

The new school has a capacity of 3,000 children and outstanding new facilities compared with an already very good standard of facility provision at the previous school.

Very popular with local families, almost 7 out of 10 students studying at the school are Emiratis. The remainder come largely from Arabic families.

The school is academic, providing the full-phase English [...]

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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

Dubai GEM Private School, Oud Metha, Bur Dubai

Updated December 2016

If Dubai GEM Private School was magically transplanted into modern buildings and facilities, it would almost certainly be a KHDA Outstanding school. This is not a school typical for its value sector.

Opened in 1973 as “Dubai Nursery School and Crèche”, Dubai GEM Private School [DGPS] is a private, for-profit full phase FS-Primary-Junior-Secondary providing a British, English National Curriculum based mixed education from EYFS to (I)GCSE O’ and GCE A’ Level to 2143 boys and girls.

The school, founded by Sultana Rabi, its current owner, began as a typical villa nursery school, providing first phase education to around 20 children from 0-5. [...]

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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 26, 2016

American International School, Al Ghusais School Zone, Al Qusais

Updated December 2016

American International School Dubai is a private for-profit school, educating 2364 students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 (ages 3 to 18). Student numbers have been broadly static over the last two years, although up 650 over the last three years. The school employs 143 teachers (and 17 teaching assistants) giving it a relatively weak teacher:student ratio. The school follows an American curriculum, culminating in the awarding of the US High School Diploma. Student intake is impressively inclusive and draws a predominantly Arabic student body. The school is co-education to Grade 3 at which point boy and girl provision continues is delivered separately in [...]

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