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Top School Awards Postponed until 2021 in Response to Covid 19 & UAE’s Best Schools Listed in Full

by Jon WestleyJuly 4, 2020

Which Media, the organisers of the SchoolsCompared.com Top School Awards 2020, and publishers of WhichSchoolAdvisor.com and SchoolsCompared.com, have today confirmed that the UAE’s annual education awards has been postponed until 2021 in the wake of the Covid 19 corona-virus pandemic.

The SchoolsCompared.com Top School Awards 2020 had been planned to showcase the extraordinary achievements of schools and teachers in the year of Dubai Expo. In 2019 the SchoolsCompared.com Top School Awards were presented to an audience of more than 850 educators drawn from schools across the UAE.

Announcing the decision, David Westley, Co-founder of The Top School Awards, said:

“Bringing together the who’s who of the education sector into a single place is simply not safe during a pandemic. No one will forget the impact of the awards in 2019 and their capacity to celebrate our amazing teachers and schools. Recognising what all our schools and teachers do for families across the UAE has never been more important – but this celebration will now, quite rightly, take place in 2021. This decision has not been an easy one – and we left it as late as possible before making it.”

James Mullan, Co-founder of the Top School Awards confirmed:

“The role that schools and teachers play in the UAE – and what they achieve for parents and children, deserves recognition. This is exactly why we created the Awards.

This celebration of schools and teachers will be even more important in 2021 as we all put Covid 19, hopefully, behind us.”

James Mullan continued:

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“Our schools have transformed themselves during this pandemic into pioneers in distance learning – something that even months ago no one would have thought possible.

We will have even more to celebrate in 2021 – watch this space.”

 

Top School Awards 2019-20 Award Winners

Top School Awards 2019 20 Best Nursery Schools in the UAE Dubai, Abu Dhabi Sharjah

In 2019, Awards were presented in the following categories:

The SchoolsCompared.com Award 2019-20 Award for The Outstanding Contribution to Education in the UAE

Top School Awards Postponed

Winner: H.E. Dr Abdulla Al Karam

 

The SchoolsCompared.com Award 2019-20 Award for Best School in the UAE

Dubai English Speaking School was the winner of the SchoolsCompared.com Best School in the UAE Award 2019

Winners: Dubai English Speaking School and Dubai English Speaking College (Joint Award) – here, here and here.

Finalists:

  • American School of Dubai, here.
  • Brighton College Abu Dhabi, here.
  • British School Al Khubairat (BSAK), here.
  • Cranleigh School Abu Dhabi, here.
  • GEMS Modern Academy, here.
  • Jumeirah Primary School (JPS), here, and Jumeirah College (JC), here, [Joint nomination].
  • Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) Primary, here, and Jumeirah English Speaking School Arabian Ranches, here, [Joint nomination].
  • Raha International School, here.
  • Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Boys, here.

 

The SchoolsCompared.com Award 2019-20 Award for Best School Principal in the UAE 

Photograph of Sasha Crabb at the SchoolsCompared Top School Awards held at the Raj Mahal Theatre in Dubai accepting her Award for the 2019 and 20 Best Principal in the UAE.

Winner: Sasha Crabb, Victory Heights Primary School in Dubai

Finalists:

  • Catherine Dando, Dubai English Speaking School (DESS), here.
  • Simon O’ Connor, Jumeirah College, here.
  • Rachel Higgins, GEMS Jumeirah Primary School, here.
  • Mark Leppard MBE, British School Al Khubairat (BSAK), here.

 

The SchoolsCompared.com 2019-20 Award for Best British Curriculum School in the UAE

Photograph of students in the Sixth Form at the British School Al Khubairat - winners of our Award for the most outstanding Post 16 education available in the UAE 2019

Winner: British School Al Khubairat, here.

Finalists:

  • Dubai English Speaking College (DESC), here.
  • Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, here.
  • Dubai British School Emirate Hills, here.
  • Dubai English Speaking School (DESS), here.
  • Jumeirah College, here.

 

The SchoolsCompared.com 2019-20 Award for Best International Baccalaureate School in the UAE

Young women at Raha School International in uniform looking serenely happy

Winner: Raha International School, here.

Finalists:

  • Dubai International Academy – Emirates Hills, here.
  • GEMS World Academy Dubai, here.
  • Greenfield International School, here.
  • Jumeira Baccalaureate School, here.
  • Uptown School, here.

 

The SchoolsCompared.com 2019-20 Award for Best American Curriculum School in the UAE

Football at the American School of Dubai picturing a young boy taking a corner with team members waiting for the ball to cross the goal

Winner: American School of Dubai, here.

Finalists:

  • Clarion School Dubai, here.
  • West Yas Academy Abu Dhabi, here.

 

The SchoolsCompared.com 2019-20 Award for Best Indian Curriculum School in the UAE

Extensive ECA provision at GEMS Modern Academy in Dubai is highlighted here by a photograph of children playing musical instruments in band practice

Winner: GEMS Modern Academy, here.

Finalists:

  • Ambassador School, here, and Kindergarten, here.
  • Delhi Private School, The Gardens, Jebel Ali, here.
  • The Indian High School (Senior Campus), here.
  • The Millennium School, here.

 

The SchoolsCompared.com 2019-20 Award for Best Arabic Blended Curriculum School in the UAE

Photograph showing an example of the beautifully designed and open areas for children at The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Boys

Winner: Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Boys, here.

Finalists:

  • American School of Creative Science, Dubai, here.
  • Next Generation School, Dubai, here.
  • School of Research Science, here.
  • Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Girls, here.

 

The SchoolsCompared.com Award 2019-20 Award for Best IB Blended Curriculum School in the UAE

Photograph of children at JESS Arabian Ranches in the Dubai sunshine

Winner: Jumeirah English Speaking School Arabian Ranches, here.

Finalists:

  • American Community School of Abu Dhabi, here.
  • Deira International School Dubai Festival City, here.
  • GEMS Dubai American Academy, here.
  • Nord Anglia International School, here.
  • Repton School Dubai, here.

 

The SchoolsCompared.com Award 2019-20 Award for Best Primary School in the UAE

A photograph of happy children at Dubai English Speaking School DESS in Dubai

Winner: Dubai English Speaking School, here.

Finalists:

  • GEMS Jumeirah Primary School, here.
  • Horizon English School, here.
  • Jumeirah English Speaking School, Al Safa, Jumeirah, here.
  • Kings’ School Dubai, here.
  • Victory Heights Primary School, here.

 

The SchoolsCompared.com Award 2019-20 Award for Best Nursery in the UAE

Photograph of Children at the Aga Khan pre-school nursery in Dubai

Winner: Aga Khan Early Learning Centre, here.

Finalists:

  • Children’s Oasis, here.
  • IDEA Early Learning Centre, here, and here.
  • Little Land Nursery, here.
  • Yellow Brick Road Nursery, here.

 

The SchoolsCompared.com Award 2019-20 Award for Best Post-16 Education in the UAE

Photograph of students from Primary to Sixth Form at the outstanding and award-winning British School Al Khubaiarat in Abu Dhabi

Winner: British School Al Khubairat, here.

Finalists:

  • Dubai College, here.
  • Dubai English Speaking College (DESC), here.
  • Jumeirah College, here.
  • Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) Arabian Ranches, here.
  • Repton School Dubai, here.
  • Sunmarke School, here.

 

The SchoolsCompared.com Award 2019-20 Award for Best School for Technical Education in the UAE

Academic results at Dubai English Speaking College DESC are outstanding - particularly given its inclusive intake. This photopgraph shows children learning about music technology.

Winner: Dubai English Speaking College, here.

Finalists:

  • British School of Al Khabairat (BSAK), here.
  • GEMS Wellington Academy – Dubai Silicon Oasis, here.
  • Greenfield International School, here.
  • Sunmarke School, here.

 

The SchoolsCompared.com Award 2019-20 Award for Best New School in the UAE

Child at Safa Community School at play in with a ball and water tube peering impishly towards the camera

Winner: Safa Community School, here.

Finalists:

  • Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, here.
  • Dubai Heights Academy, here.
  • Kent College, here.
  • Nord Anglia International School Dubai, here.
  • Ranches Primary School, here.

 

The SchoolsCompared.com Award 2019-20 Award for Best School for Music in the UAE

Child playing the trombone at Nord Anglia International School in Dubai. Nord Anglia won the Award for Best School for Music at the annual Top School Awards in Dubai for 2020

Winner: Nord Anglia International School Dubai, here.

Finalists:

  • American School of Dubai, here.
  • Brighton College Abu Dhabi, here.
  • Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, here.
  • GEMS Music Hub, here, at GEMS Wellington Academy DSO, here.

 

The SchoolsCompared.com Award 2019-20 Award for Best School for Theatre and the Performing Arts in the UAE

Winner: Cranleigh School Abu Dhabi, here.

Finalists:

  • American School of Dubai, here.
  • American Community School, Abu Dhabi, here.
  • Dubai English Speaking College (DESC), here.
  • Nord Anglia International School Dubai, here.
  • Raha International School Abu Dhabi, here.

 

The SchoolsCompared.com Award 2019-20 Award for Best School for Art in the UAE

Young men and women at Brighton College Abu Dhabi with a backdrop highlighting the focus on the broadest range of subjects including Art and Music

Winner: Brighton College Abu Dhabi, here.

Finalists:

  • British School of Al Khabairat, here.
  • Nord Anglia International School, here.
  • Jumeira Baccalaureate School, here.
  • Jumeirah College, here.
  • Raha International School, here.
  • Springdales Dubai, here.

 

The SchoolsCompared.com Award 2019-20 Award for Best School for Sport in the UAE

Photograph of the winning Rugby teams at Dubai English Speaking College DESC at the major Rugby event in Dubai in February2020 at which DESC achived a clean sweep of all titles

Winner: Dubai English Speaking College, here.

Finalists:

  • Dubai College, here.
  • British School Al Khubairat, here.
  • Jumeirah College (JC), here.
  • Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) – Arabian Ranches, here.

 

The SchoolsCompared.com Award 2019-20 Award for Best school for Child Progress and Value-Add in the UAE

Winner: Jumeirah College, here.

Finalists:

  • British School of Al Khubairat (BSAK), here.
  • Dubai English Speaking College (DESC), here.
  • Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) – Arabian Ranches, here.
  • Repton School Dubai, here.
  • The English College, here.

 

The SchoolsCompared.com Award 2019-20 Award for Outstanding Use of Technology in the UAE

JESS Dubai and Fairgreen International are joint winners of the Best Schools for Technology in the UAE at the 2020 Top School Awards

Winners: Fairgreen International School, here, and Jumeirah English Speaking School – Arabian Ranches, here, (Joint Award)

Finalists:

  • GEMS Dubai American Academy, here.
  • Hartland International School, here.
  • Repton School – Abu Dhabi, here.

 

The SchoolsCompared.com Award 2019-20 Award for Best International Initiative in the UAE

Winner: Riverston School Dubai, here.

Finalists:

  • Dubai English Speaking School (DESC), here, and Dubai English Speaking School (DESS), here.
  • Dubai International Academy – Emirates Hills, here.
  • Fairgreen International School, here.
  • Nibras School, here.

 

More information

Official announcements about the upcoming  2021 SchoolsCompared.com Top School Awards will be released on www.TopSchoolAwards.com, here.

For more information on the Top School Awards 2019-20, see here, and here.

Gallery 1, see here.

Gallery 2, see here.

For more information on the Top School Awards 2017-18, see here

©SchoolsCompared.com 2020. All right reserved.

 

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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