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April 18, 2017

The Alpha School, Al Qusais 3

Updated May 2017

“The Alpha School is not just another new school – Alpha seeks something different, and special, for all its children.

Our mission, vision and values are embedded within our three pillars of Identity, Family and Innovation.

Our Alpha identity is shaped by our multicultural environment and our appreciation of UAE culture and heritage within our core British curriculum. International-mindedness and respect are key.  Our students celebrate a strong sense of identity in faith, language and heritage.  An Alpha education draws the best elements of all these frameworks to provide an exceptionally personal learning experience for every [...]

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January 25, 2017

Lycée Francais International Georges Pompidou Nursery School, Oud Metha

The story of the Lycée Français International Georges Pompidou Ecole Maternelle [LFIGP-EM] is almost completely aligned with the appointment of the school’s current Principal (La Directrice) Saadia Hachid. Appointed in September 2013, in just one year she oversaw the transformation from KHDA “Good” to “Outstanding” school status, the creation of a dedicated Maternelle school focused exclusively on educating young children between 3 and 6 years of age (Petite Section de maternelle (PS), Moyenne Section (MS) de maternelle, Grande Section (GS) de maternelle) and the redevelopment and renewal of the old school to create a genuinely, child-focused, [...]

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October 31, 2016

The City School International, Nad Al Hamar

“We aim to develop each one of our students into true learners, individuals who always seek to broaden their perspective and to face life’s challenges with courage and conviction.

Education is a pursuit that goes far beyond a qualification. While we aim to help our students excel in the course they are studying, we also hope to instil in them a thirst for learning throughout their lives.  At The City School, our teachers, students, and parents work together to realise this goal.”

Dr. Farzana Firoz, Chief Executive Officer, City Schools (Pvt.) Ltd.

Updated November 2016

City School International presents an extraordinarily mixed picture for [...]

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September 22, 2016

Foremarke School, Dubai Science Park, Al Barsha South

“I am extremely proud of our achievements here at Foremarke. Our pastoral care not only aims to prepare our pupils for any challenge they may face in their future but also shapes them into true Foremarkians; children with common sense, who are aspirational and respectful and most importantly, children who will enjoy their education. Our unique small class sizes set us above all other academic institutions in Dubai, allowing for a truly tailored approach for each child. Additionally, children benefit from specialist teaching from Nursery up to Year 6 and this approach is reflected in our latest academic achievements, which has put us well above international standards in all areas of [...]

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September 21, 2016

Oaktree Primary School, Al Quoz

Updated November 2016

““Oaktree Primary is determined to provide an excellent education which is based on positivity and happiness. We are looking to combine the familiarity and family-focussed nature of an English primary school with the internationalism of the community here in Dubai. We believe that the happy child is the child that will learn best, and so we are focussed on being positive and welcoming at all times, both to our children and to their parents.” Christopher McDermott, Founding Head, Oaktree Primary School.

Al Quoz based Oaktree Primary School, a new British FS to Year 6 Primary, opened in September 2016 and aims to swiftly establish itself as [...]

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September 6, 2016

Victory Heights Primary School, Dubai Sports City

Updated January 2017

“We absolutely adore this school. Have been happily part of it for 4 years. No other school can compare, Miss Sasha knows EVERY child’s name and passionate about their performance. We are very blessed to be a part of such a great and caring school.” User Comment, – see below.

Founded in 2013, Victory Heights Primary School is a new school bedding in Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2 provision with remarkable pace. After only its second formal inspection by the KHDA in 2016 it has secured Good School status, its ratings jumping up by between 20% and 40% in key categories of inspection in a single year. [...]

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June 26, 2016

Manor Primary School, Al Safa 1

Updated April 2017

Manor Park Primary is a new, FS to Year 6 British English National Curriculum Primary school for girls and boys between the ages of 4 and 11. This has, however, absolutely not been your standard new school launch – and there is a bigger picture.

Up front – what will make this school the first choice for many parents is scale and size. This is a genuinely small school – and it will, even after growing again to full capcity, never exceed its maximum role of 440 children. FS streams are capped at 40 children in each year, and in Years 1 – 6 the total year streams are capped at 60 children. Many schools claim to offer small [...]

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May 18, 2016

Dovecote Green Primary School, Dubai Investments Park

Dovecote Green Primary is a primary, FS to Year 6 British, selective preparatory slipstream school for Repton Dubai offering an English National Curriculum based education for children aged between 3 and 11 years.

Before discussing the school in detail it is worth noting at the outset that Dovecote provides the single most affordable in-house direct route to Repton Dubai from Year 7. The alternative preparatory, Foremarke School, has KHDA approved fees of 90,000, although current “founders fees” are less (65000-85000 AED per annum). Studying with Repton itself in Dubai between FS and Year 6 requires fees between 50,379 AED at FS1 through to 64,011 AED in Year [...]

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May 16, 2016

Ranches Primary School, Arabian Ranches 2

Updated November 2016

We wish it happened more often that a new school launching in the UAE opens to see everything coming together so well, and so quickly, for its children.

Getting FS, Primary education right, choosing the right school for our young children, is such an important responsibility for parents. Too often the temptation is to think it is all about what happens later with SATS and IGCSE, then A Level or IB – but everything is set up at this younger age when hearts and minds are so open to learning.

Meeting  inquisitiveness head-on, and individually, gives each child the chance to develop all the parts of their intellect, as well as the softer, but [...]

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May 12, 2016

GEMS Royal Dubai School, Al Mizhar 1, Mirdif

GEMS Royal Dubai School (GRDS) is a KHDA rated “Outstanding” school, established in 2005, providing an FS to Year 6 British, English National Curriculum based education to children between the ages of 3 and 11.

Parents have a choice of slipstream to either IGCSE/International A Level based GEMS FirstPoint School – The Villa or IGCSE/International Baccalaureate based alternatives at GEMS Wellington Academy Silicon Oasis, GEMS International School Al Khail and GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail.

We believe that parents should not underestimate the strength of the school, which in 2016-17 scored an exceptionally impressive “Outstanding” rating in 28 of a total possible [...]

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March 31, 2016

Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba, Nad Al Sheba 3

Updated May 2017 – schoolscompared 2017 visit and KHDA Inspection

“Our school is more than an outstanding one – it stands for something – and stands out. We have created a home for learning that achieves for children beyond outstanding academics, as vital as they are. Kings’ Nad Al Sheba is a place in which children learn in the fullest sense – and find their own purpose. It is a very special school that crafts an education through imagination and discovery – and one that makes its own powerful and distinct contribution within the Kings’ group of Tier 1 British schools.”

Darren Gale. Principal. Kings School. Nad Al Sheba.

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March 26, 2016

The Apple International School, Al Qusais

Updated December 2016

The Apple International School is an Indian/Filipino school with teaching based on a limited English National Curriculum to Year 8/KS3 only.

In her introduction to prospective parents by The Apple International School’s Principal, Pranjala Dutta Das, sets the scene for the school asking prospective parents to join with the school to “brace ourselves for the era to which the milestone of ‘Concept Revolution’ directs.”

It is “essential” she says, for “schools to help students build the skills of applying the given information/knowledge on various platforms so that their cognitive skills are chiseled.” She confirms that the issue is that [...]

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March 5, 2016

GEMS World Academy, Abu Dhabi

Updated December 2016

It is rare to find a dedicated International Baccalaureate KG, let alone a GEMS school – or one situated in the heart of Abu Dhabi. Little wonder GEMS World Academy Abu Dhabi[GWAAD] is over-subscribed. The school as you would expect from a dedicated 4 to 10 years elementary is inherently one with considerable warmth, and the leadership of its historic Principal, Jay Roy, was graded “absolutely exceptional” according to independent feedback to our sister site, in founding the school. The new Principal (September 2016), Linda LaPine, is by all accounts equally driven, bringing with her a new focus on building a “home away [...]

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February 25, 2016

Regent International School, The Greens, Emirates Hills

Updated April 2017

Regent International School [RIS] is at a stage in its history where it faces opportunities. Established in 1993, in 2016-17 its owners, Fortes Education, took the courageous decision to build a new school for its secondary children that would see them move from Regent to the flagship Tier 1 Sunmarke School in September 2016.

The aim is that children in FS1 – Year 6 would have sufficient room to benefit from an outstanding, focused education. After many years of growth, and with demand outstripping supply, the existing full phase FS1 – Year 13 British school had simply outgrown its campus.

From September 2016, Regent International has had the [...]

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January 31, 2016

The Arcadia Preparatory School, Jumeirah Village Triangle

Updated December 2016

Today, at 75, Valrani says he wants to focus on his passion. And that passion is education.

More: Interview with Mohan Valrani,, January 2016

The Arcadia Preparatory School could be one of the finest preparatory schools in Dubai, should it deliver on its very ambitious goals, each personally underwritten by the school’s widely respected founder, Mohan Valrani. It aims to be:

The best in class provider of primary and secondary school education in Dubai; To meet the needs of teaching staff employed by the group to ensure it can recruit and retain the best teaching staff in the sector; To [...]
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January 26, 2016

Dubai English Speaking School [DESS], Umm Hurair, Oud Metha

Updated December 2016

Note to existing and prospective parents: please read this review in association with the review of DESS’s sister, Dubai English Speaking College.

One of Dubai’s most loved Early Years and Primary schools, Dubai English Speaking School [DESS] is also the Emirate’s oldest British school, established in 1963. A consistently KHDA rated “Good “school over the last seven years, in 2016 DESS secured a rating of Outstanding in its British Schools Overseas Inspection and “Very Good” under the Dubai Inspectorate’s new 6 gradings of inspection. We rate the school as this side of Outstanding.

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January 20, 2016

Al Muna Primary School, Al Markaziyah

“Wherever they move on to, these children will have been fortunate to have attended a school that has such a warm, friendly and clearly inclusive environment. This is a really happy place.” independent school inspection 2016-17

Finalist in the “Happiest School Competition in the UAE 2015,” in 2016 Al Muna Primary School also became the very first published school in Abu Dhabi to receive the ADEC inspectorate’s Outstanding A1 award in its “Highest Performing Schools” category, a benchmark achievement that places it today in an elite group of schools to follow.

These now also include Al Bateen (Secondary) and Al Mushrif [...]

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January 19, 2016

GEMS Jumeirah Primary School, Al Safa 1

Updated December 2016

Opened in 1996 GEMS Jumeirah School, known within the school as “JPS”, provides an exceptionally high standard of primary education, based on the English National Curriculum, for 1442 students from FS1 to Grade 6. One of the most sought after primary schools in the Emirate, the school is over-subscribed and operates a waiting list. Across all school types, GEMS Jumeirah Primary School, operates within Tier 1 of school provision within the Emirate.

Over 70 nationalities are represented within the school although British children predominate. Notwithstanding the size of the school, large by any British “competitor” standards, in operation the school [...]

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January 18, 2016

The Pearl Primary School, Al Dhafrah

Highly regarded, The Pearl Primary School is a recognized option for parents seeking a smaller-scale, stand-alone Primary school specializing in the education of children between KG1 and Grade 6 (Ages 5 – 11) whilst also offering a natural feeder stream into secondary education, in this case to either of the outstanding Al Bateen and Al Yasmina secondary’s, both Aldar Academy sister schools.

A specialist primary, Pearl differentiates itself in its unique (and effective) teaching methodology which, whilst following the English National Curriculum in subject content, adopts an enquiry-based format much more analogous to the IB programme; all topics are subject-integrated and [...]

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December 15, 2015

Safa British School, Al Meydan Street

Updated to reflect SchoolsCompared independent inspection December 2016

“Safa British School is a genuinely inspiring, and lovely, school. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the ultra-premiums. But what we learned, above all else, on our inspection is that beauty can be skin deep, and a school with heart and soul does not need them to flourish for its children. There is a palpable sense of purpose afoot at Safa under its new Head, Daniel Sutton, and, on the basis of our inspection, and from the outstanding feedback we have received subsequent to his appointment, this is a school very much to watch. Recommended.” SchoolsCompared independent Inspection. Safa British [...]

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