Children across the UAE are heading back to school this week after the long summer break, but while the holiday might be over, the fun is only just beginning for students at Horizon English School in Al Safa, Dubai. Today parents and children were greeted with an exciting carnival welcome, with party music, jugglers, circus performers and stilt walkers.
Horizon English School won the coveted SchoolsCompared Top Schools Award for the ‘Happiest School in the UAE’ 2021-2022, and today’s joyful performance showed just how much the school is living up to the accolade. Heather Pippia, Marketing Manager at Horizon English School, told SchoolsCompared:
“As the ‘Happiest School in the UAE’, we wanted to provide a fun and exciting surprise for our students on the first day back at school!”
“A carnival theme with music, balloons and circus entertainers meant that we had huge smiles from children and parents alike as they eagerly entered the school gates this morning.”
So what makes the happiest school in the UAE? On the announcement of Horizon English School as the winners of the Top Schools Award for ‘Happiest School in the UAE’, the judges said:
“One of the most loved schools in the UAE, Horizon English tops feedback from parents year-on-year on both SchoolsCompared.com and WhichschoolAdvisor for the happiness of its children.”
“Visiting the school is an exercise in understanding how a highly structured British school education can deliver for children in an environment where recognition of the other translates into children and faculty that actively celebrate each other. This is the key we think in understanding the happy school dynamics at play here.”
“Primary school provision in the UAE is outstanding – and Horizon English school holds a much deserved place with the very best schools in the sector. It’s almost impossible to find a criticism of the delivery here – but its the happiness of children in the way that that is achieved that is stand-out.”
“This is another Award in which the decision of judges was unanimous. And the promise for the school moving forward under education group Cognita suggests that the best is still yet to come…”
The bigger picture here is, of course, that outstanding schools are increasingly recognising the many stresses for parents and children of the first day back at school each year, and particularly for those parents and children joining a school for the very first time. Imaginative investments in children and families, like those at Horizon English School, make the first day back at school one filled with happiness and joy, creating a bridge between home and school that is shared by the whole school community. An unforgettable first day – for all the right reasons.
Check out some lovely photos from the day below.
What are the Top Schools Awards?
Established in 2016, The Top Schools Awards have established themselves as the definitive awards for schools, leaders, teachers and educationalists in the region.
Do you think your school deserves the ‘Happiest School in the UAE’ awards for the 2023/24 SchoolsCompared Top Schools Awards? Let us know why! Nominations for the Awards open in October 2022 – stay tuned for more information.
Read “Memory Lane” – the story of the very first Top Schools Awards in the UAE and the first Top Schools Award won by Horizon English School
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Read our review of Horizon English School in Dubai here
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