Updated November 2016
““At Merryland, we celebrate the wedding of traditional forms of education with white hot technology. But we do this bearing in mind the universal truth that the ultimate aim of education is to form men and women of character who shun evil and fear God. We stand by Victor Hugo in this regard: “When we open a school, we close a prison.” Susheela George. Founder. Merryland International School.
It is difficult not to be inspired by the founder of Merryland. It’s not a strange place to start a story, because if a school is founded, as is the case here, by an owner driven entirely by a care for children and their future, there is simply no better [...]
Updated November 2016
There are a number of schools in Dubai that, notwithstanding inspection data, offer a very high level of education for children across all phases and which present very little difficulty in securing our recommendation. Dubai British School in Emirates Hills (DBS) falls into this category.
That DBS is now classified by the Dubai inspectorate as “Very Good” school category (and is a British Schools Overseas “Outstanding School”) merely confirms what parents have known for a long time: Despite the many excellent schools in the UAE, this is a school that any parent interested in a UK based education should shortlist.
The latest BSO report can be [...]
Al Ain International School is quite extraordinary: It is an exceptionally good school by any standards, but it achieves this in ways that you have to experience to really appreciate just what has been achieved for children – and what they achieve for each other, their community and the school.
This is one of those schools that is resolutely not about numbers.
Our sister site, WhichSchoolAdvisor.com, has long campaigned for schools to calculate “value-added”, in simple terms, what a school achieves with its children from where they start on entering a school. Many schools will advertise themselves on the basis of stellar examination results – but this is less of an [...]
What a wonderful, extraordinary school. It is a rare thing to be able to be so positive about a school that many parents will simply not have heard of, this partly because it (confusingly) shares a name with another very different GEMS school, GEMS Winchester- Dubai (the poorest performing of all GEMS schools). The two schools could not be further apart.
Where to begin? First, this is a big school. With 3,583 students, The Winchester School- Jebel Ali (WSJA) may strike alarm bells with some parents. The logistics of managing this number of children – with a role that dwarfs the size of many companies, would be testing of the skills of any leadership team. But Winchester [...]
Updated December 2016
Prospective parents should note that The School of Research Science [SRS] moved to landmark new premises in 2014, increasing the student body by 678 from 2047 to 2725 children between February 2014 and September 2015 when the school moved from Al Qusais to Al Warqa.
The new school has a capacity of 3,000 children and outstanding new facilities compared with an already very good standard of facility provision at the previous school.
Very popular with local families, almost 7 out of 10 students studying at the school are Emiratis. The remainder come largely from Arabic families.
The school is academic, providing the full-phase English [...]
Updated January 2017
Dubai British School Jumeirah Park, established in 2015, is a new school with all the opportunities, and some, but not all, of the risks for new parents that an opening school presents.
The school draws on a considerable history from Taaleem, its experienced owners, and in particular, on the ground, its namesake Dubai British School which opened in 2005. The Dubai British School in Emirates Hills achieves a “Very Good with outstanding Features” rating from the Dubai schools inspectorate, and, in part, the new Jumeirah Park school was established to respond to its sister being at capacity with a long waiting list [...]
Abu Dhabi based Al Yasmina School offers the English National Curriculum for students from 3 to 18 years and is ranked A2 by the Abu Dhabi education authority, the highest grade it is currently awarding. No other school in Abu Dhabi has yet to achieve an A1 (Outstanding) grade. Al Yasmina achieved whichschooladvisor.com good school status 2013-14 and 2014-15.
Opened in 2008, Al Yasmina was the second school established by Aldar Academies, after the Pearl primary school, which started with 247 students in 2007. Today Aldar Academies educates 3700 children across 5 schools, including 1672 children at Al Yasmina, in Abu Dhabi and one school in Al Ain.
The school options [...]