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Top 27 Affordable All-Through UK Schools in the UAE by Rating, Fees
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Top 27 Affordable All-Through UK Schools in the UAE by Rating, Fees

by Lis ONealMarch 7, 2018
Updated April 2018 – The pick of the most affordable British curriculum schools in the UAE
Educating your children from the age of 3 or 4 to 18 years of age is a huge financial commitment for most parents. It is all too easy to choose a school when children are young, without necessarily considering the long-term costs involved.  Options have been limited in the past, with parents having to choose between quality of education and fees.  With the more recent addition of schools offering affordable fees and the increased focus by the regulators on school improvement, parents now finally have more choice. In the following we look at our pick of the most affordable British curriculum schools offering what we see as a good mix of value and quality of provision for families. has researched the options that we believe provide proven quality at fees that are affordable (no more than AED 50,000* for the final grade/year). Our list of the Top 27 affordable all-through UK curriculum schools throughout the UAE is based on ADEK/KHDA ratings of Good or above, since this is the minimum rating the regulators expect schools to achieve, in addition to fees within the affordable range. *(We have made one exception where the fees for year 13 are AED2,000 over our limit). The fees listed also include additional fees such as books, resource fees, computer fees – any that are a requirement above and beyond tuition.

Where schools are located in emirates that have not yet rolled out the Unified Inspection process, we have based their inclusion in our pick of the top affordable British curriculum schools on the reputation of the owners, the accreditation and inspection of the school by British Schools of the Middle East (BSME) or BSO (British Schools Overseas) or the personal knowledge of the SchoolsCompared,com or teams.


School Location ADEK/KHDA rating Lowest fee Highest fee
The Winchester School Jebel Ali Very Good AED13,542 AED30,210
Merryland School Mussafah Very Good AED23,850 AED42,500
The Westminster School Al Nahda Good AED8,101 AED15,243
Apple International School Al Qusais Good AED8,250 AED15,960
St. Mary’s Catholic High School Oud Metha Good AED8,322 AED16,117
Rosary School, Sharjah Muweilah n/a AED9,980 AED11,650
Al Ameen Private School Al Nahda Good AED10,400 AED14,220
Al Diyafah High School Al Qusais Good AED10,800 AED22,930
Pristine Private School Al Nahda Good AED13,700 AED22,900
Al Najah Private School* MBZ Good AED13,800 AED30,600
Dubai Scholars Private School Al Qusais Good AED14,341 AED29,500
Queen International School Hor Al Anz Good AED14,380 AED28,970
GEMS Winchester School, Abu Dhabi Baniyas Good AED14,700 AED27,300
Fujairah Academy ** Fujairah BSME/BSO AED15,000 AED34,000
Al Salam Private School Al Nahda Good AED17,080 AED31,100
Dubai Gem Private School Oud Metha Good AED17,815 AED31,225
Cambridge International School Dubai Garhoud Good AED18,175 AED25,152
Victoria English School Sharjah Al Azra n/a AED19,600 AED36,500
International School of Creative Science Sharjah Muweilah n/a AED21,700 AED40,100
Star International School Al Twar Good AED20,365 AED52,630
GEMS Founders School*** Al Barsha South n/a AED20,900 AED27,550
Sheffield Private School Al Nahda Good AED21,400 AED40,365
GEMS Wesgreen International School, Sharjah Muweilah n/a AED22,410 AED49,665
GEMS Winchester School, Fujeirah Fujeirah n/a AED22,700 AED32,400
Good Will Children’s School, Abu Dhabi **** Mussafah Good AED24,800 AED29,900
Scholars International Academy, Sharjah Muweilah BMSE/BSO AED25,420 AED39,900
Diyafah International School, Abu Dhabi***** Mussafah Good AED25,900 AED37,600



* Al Najah School offers UK curriculum to year 11/grade 10 and the IB Diploma programme for years 12/13.

** Fujeirah Academy does not publish its fees; however we understand that they are within this range.

*** GEMS Founders fees include discounts on the KHDA approved fees for the first two years of operation. Approved fees are within the affordable range.


**** Good Will Children’s School is currently open to year 9 and expanding grades annually.

***** Diyafah International School is currently open to year 10 and is expanding grades annually.

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