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GEMS Wellington Academy, Silicon Oasis

by December 10, 2015
Strengths

• Wellington Academy offers “outstanding teaching” and a genuinely exciting curriculum in the Foundation Stage ensuring a positive beginning for children’s learning in the early years
• Students make particularly rapid progress in English across all phases of the school but progress in mathematics and science is also outstanding
• Students’ personal and social development is of a very high standard. Wellington students are driven and committed to their education and their behaviour is exemplary. Students show outstanding responsibility for their community and the environment.
• The quality of provision for students with special educational needs is outstanding in most subjects and feeds seamlessly into a curriculum designed to meet the different needs of individual children
• The Academy has highly innovative leadership from its Principal and senior leadership team
• The high quality of school buildings and facilities are not simply for show but empower all aspects of the students' education including sporting and enrichment activities

Weaknesses

• Students’ attainment and progress in learning Islamic Education and Arabic, both as a first or as an additional Language, is weaker than in other areas of educational provision
• The teaching of Arabic as a first language does not sufficiently challenge or engage all students. Attainment and progress in learning Arabic as a first language are unsatisfactory in both the secondary and Post-16 phases
• Some parents are concerned that Wellington too readily charges for extra Special Educational Needs (SEN) support for their children which they expected to come included in already very high fees
• In some Islamic Education and Arabic as a first or additional language lessons, the progress of children identified with SEN is limited because curriculum and teaching styles do not effectively adapt to the individual needs of those children

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A-
A-
Value
A-
A+
ExtraCurricula
A
A+
Languages
B
A+
Sports
A+
A+
Arts & Drama
A-
A+
Teaching
A-
B+
Communications
F
A
Warmth
A
A
Differentiation
A
A-
SEND Provision
A-
A+
Scl Community
A-
A+
Scl Facilities
A
A+
Curricula Global Rating
A-
A+
Opportunities

• GEMS Wellington offers children the opportunity of an extraordinary education.
• The school’s provision and facilities mirror those of top UK independents and the curriculum cleverly, and genuinely, offers different pathways according to the gifts, ambitions, and needs of individual children
• As a young, rapidly growing school, prospective parents should not be concerned that Wellington has yet to secure an ‘Outstanding’ rating from the KHDA
• In fact, its commendation as a genuinely “Good” school, given its youth, is a significant achievement
• Identified imperfections, which are mainly limited to Arabic language provision, will settle as the school beds in over time. Relative weakness in these areas within British and IB schools is to be expected
• Innovations in fused digital learning are indicative of the forward thinking leadership of the school
• If you can afford the premium fees, then GEMS Wellington Academy is a school to consider

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Opened in September 2011 with approximately 1,000 students, GEMS Wellington Academy has more than trebled in size to its current enrolment of 3575 students. The Academy offers education to students between the ages of 3 to 18 and in 2015-16 some 96 nationalities are represented within the student body. The school is classified by the KHDA, Dubai’s Inspectorate of schools, as “Very Good” with “Outstanding elements”, its second highest scoring under a new six point scale that rates schools from “Very weak”, “Weak”, “Acceptable”, “Good”, “Very Good” and “Outstanding.”

The school is also the sister hub of GEMS Sports Academy, a telling reflection of its outstanding sports facility provision.

Currently the largest single student demographic is from the UK whilst 2.3% of the student population are Emirati. 9% students have been identified as having some form of Special Educational Needs (SEN) requirement. GEMs Education premier schools are recognised for their significant investment in SEN and the KHDA recognise Wellington’s “outstanding” success in ensuring that the curriculum meets the needs of every child.

The Academy offers the National Curriculum for England from Foundation Stage to Sixth Form. Students in Key Stage 4 follow GCSE, IGCSE and BTEC examination ‘pathways’ and students in the Sixth Form prepare for a choice between IB Diploma (IBDP) or IB Career-related Programmes (IBCP). A new digitaal “blended” IB Diploma (IBDP) has also bee introduced in association with Pamoja Education.

Wellington Academy offers sporting facilities that mirror those of top UK independent schools including 3, 25M, 6-lane swimming pools, 2 full sized sports fields, 3 large multi-purpose indoor sports halls and a dedicated Fitness Suite. Arts facilities include a 650 seat professional auditorium, external ampitheatre, Music Suite and Dance & Drama Studios tailored to the Performing Arts.

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Type of school

Private

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Average Cost Per Year

FS1: 35,067
FS2: 43,551
YEAR 1: 43,551
YEAR 2: 43,551
YEAR 3: 43,551
YEAR 4: 43,551
YEAR 5: 43,551
YEAR 6: 43,551
YEAR 7: 70,134
YEAR 8: 70,134
YEAR 9: 70,134
YEAR 10: 72,397
YEAR 11: 72,937
YEAR12: 79,185
YEAR 13: 79,185

Curriculum

National Curriculum of England
International Baccalaureate
BTEC

External Exam Boards

BSO
IBO
Pamoja Education (Blended IBDP)

Number of I/GCSEs Offered

25

I/GCSEs offered

Core: Mathematics, Science, English, Physical Education, Islamic Education (Muslim students), Arabic (Arabic National native speakers only).
Options: Arabic, French, Spanish, Computer Science, Information and Creative Technology (BTEC), Business (BTEC or GCSE), Psychology, D&T, ICT (GCSE), Geography, Music, Art, PE, Creative Digital Media (BTEC), Dance, Drama, History, Economics, Food, Performing Arts (BTEC), Science (Triple)

Selective

Selective

Value Added

Not published (whichschooladvisor projected LOW)

Number of Students

4,107

Teacher to Student Ratio

1:14

Largest nationality teachers

British

Teacher turnover

13%

Year opened

2011

Location

Silicon Oasis, Dubai

Student composition

British (largest nationality)

Gender

Mixed, co-educational

School canteen

Yes

Owner

GEMS Education

Admissions Telephone

+971 (0)4 515 9000

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Attainment Nur SEM

100%

Attainment Pri SEM

86.6%

Attainment Sec SEM

86.6%

Attainment Post-16 SEM

93.3%

Progress Nur SEM

100%

Progress Pri SEM

86.6%

Progress Sec SEM

86.6%

Progress Post-16 SEM

80%

Arabic Native Primary Results (Native)

50%

Arabic Secondary Results (Native)

40%

Arabic Post-16 Results (Native)

50%

Arabic Primary Results (Add.)

50%

Arabic Secondary Results (Add.)

50%

Arabic Post-16 Results (Add.)

NA

Islamic St. Primary Results

40%

Islamic St. Secondary Results

50%

Islamic St. Post-16 Results

40%

Leadership

100%

Community

100%

Facilities

100%

Quality of teaching

100%

Student personal responsibility

100%

Quality of curriculum

100%

School Governance

100%

SEN Provision

100%

About The Author
Jon Westley
Jon Westley is the Editor of SchoolsCompared.com and WhichSchoolAdvisor.com UK. You can email him at jonathanwestley [at] schoolscompared.com

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