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February 27, 2017

Ambassador School, Al Mankhool, Bur Dubai

The Ambassador School – Dubai presents quite a complicated picture for review. As it stands, in isolation, it is a KHDA “Good School” with children achieving a “Very Good“ level of attainment and progress across core subjects in English, Science and Mathematics. Care and protection of children is “Outstanding.” It is worth however understanding some of the background to the school to put this in context. Overall, the picture is a good one.

First, the school traces its roots back to a different school, established in 2010, under the franchised brand GIIS in association with the Kalwani family.

GIIS provided the basic expertise for the Kalwani family to establish [...]

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April 14, 2016

Delhi Private School Academy LLC, Academic City

Updated February 2017

Note 1: Prospective parents should note that the school has 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 2: 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 will be updated should the school be re-opened or taken over by new owners. 

Delhi Private School Academy [DPSA] is [...]

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February 21, 2016

JSS International School, Al Barsha South, Al Barsha

Updated December 2016

James Richard, JSS International School’s charismatic Head, has a simple aim: to take the best from Eastern approaches to education – family values, parental engagement and the desire to succeed in life, with the equivalent benefits of the Western approach – “its pedagogy,” discipline, structure and creativity – and, key, its embracing of technology.” The end game is simple: to “enable our pupils to be global citizens in a continuously evolving world.”

The aims are backed with good facilities for a school operating, at early years, in the value segment to meet the fee-level needs of its predominantly Indian audience. Fees [...]

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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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