Pearl Wisdom School, Hor Al Anz East
Pearl Wisdom School Dubai – Location and Background
“Our classrooms will be happening places where children are free from any mental blockages and the principle of radiant thinking will be prioritised.
The brain without a body is not a human life.
Our single assurance. Your children will be our children.”
CR Binumon. Principal and Head of Learning. Pearl Wisdom School. 2020.
The Pearl Wisdom School is a new, Indian curriculum CBSE curriculum school that opened in Dubai in May 2020, initially to offer a Distance Learning only based education for children. Full standard schooling will open in September 2020 as the UAE government open schools and relax the lockdown imposed to respond to the outbreak of Coronavirus Covid 19.
As above, the Pearl Wisdom School aims to establish itself as the centre of “radiant thinking” in the UAE with an equality of focus on the human body as much as children’s minds.
The school emphasises that “physical exercise is of high priority in school” with an “equal focus on co-scholastic areas” of the curriculum. Pearl Wisdom School identifies that these will include Dance, Music, Theatre, Aerobics, Yoga, Swimming and Physical Education – all of which are fully integrated within the curriculum rather than being ECAs.
On the basis of advertised facility provision, the value proposition looks strong with fees ranging between AED 14,500 at KG1 to AED 16,500 in Year 5 – more below. Eventual fees on all-through phased opening should top-out at around the AED 20,000 mark, this firmly within the value fees segment. School design looks to be striking and investment high.
The school is located in Hor Al Anz East, map below:
This emphasis on physical education is supported by investment in a floodlit outdoor sports field and shaded swimming pool – architectural renders of these below:
The Indian Curriculum KG – 12 has specified a 1200 meter football field; 100 meters dash tracks; half Olympic-size swimming pool; international size outdoor tennis court; and, a FIBA-size indoor basketball court.
We also know that children will be treated as if they were the children of the school. What this means in practice is not clear.
We do know that the school states that it “would” be following the CBSE curriculum. Because of the tenses in which the school describes its plans it is difficult to advise parents of the eventual final shape of the curriculum offer and the school will need time to bed-in the curriculum. The concept of “radiant thinking”, something that may well be a first in the UAE, certainly needs more explanation and we would encourage parents that are interested in the school to seek clarification on this.
The school will initially open between KG1 and Year 5 to educate children in Primary phase to age 10. All children will be given the choice of learning either French or Hindi as a second language. All teachers recruited by the school have three or more years of teaching experience.
Pearl Wisdom School is part of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan group of schools, an Indian educational trust often shortened to Bhavans. Its “119 centres in India, 9 centres abroad and 367 constituent institutions, cover “all aspects of life from the cradle to the grave and beyond [and] fills a growing vacuum in modern life””.
Pearl Wisdom School Fees
KHDA fees are found below. Founding family discounts in excess of AED 2,000 are being offered in all phases at the school, this creditable given the already low level of its value fee structure set by the owners to met the needs of founding families.
Bottom Line? The SchoolsCompared verdict 2020
It is far too early to have a considered view of the Pearl Wisdom School in Dubai.
Schools operating at this low level of fees in the Indian curriculum sector are, however, urgently required by children and their families. The opening of the school is welcomed.
First impressions are of significant investment and a strong commitment to whole child development.
Time will tell.
Our first looks review will be updated as the school opens and beds in its provision later this year.
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Private, for profit (Indian Educational Trust)
YEAR 1: 15,500
YEAR 2: 15,500
YEAR 3: 15,500
YEAR 4: 16,500
YEAR 5: 16,500
YEAR 6: TBC - School in phased launch
YEAR 7: TBC - School in phased launch
YEAR 8: TBC - School in phased launch
YEAR 9: TBC - School in phased launch
YEAR 10: TBC - School in phased launch
YEAR 11: TBC - School in phased launch
YEAR 12: TBC - School in phased launch
No, fully and unambiguously inclusive
Capacity 2400 on complete all-through completion.
Hor Al Anz East, Dubai
Indian (largest nationality)
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan / Bhavans
+965 6666 1663
+9715 6333 4210
• Level of investment appears high
• High investment in sporting facilities
• Commitment to whole child provision
• Opportunity for founding parents to shape a new school
• Experienced owners
• Value fees
• Significant discounts being offered to founding families
• More clarity needed on the curriculum
• All new schools are untested and carry some degree of risk. However, the experience of the owners and investment here we believe offsets this significantly.