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Finalists revealed – The Top Schools Awards 2021. Celebrating the Outstanding Schools, Teachers and Educationalists that Make Education in the UAE the Best in the World.
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Finalists revealed – The Top Schools Awards 2021. Celebrating the Outstanding Schools, Teachers and Educationalists that Make Education in the UAE the Best in the World.

by Jon WestleyNovember 22, 2021

“Centrifugal Impact on the Lives of Children.”

Which Media has today released the full list of finalists for The Top Schools Awards 2021. With 29 categories of awards, the Top Schools Awards 2021 represents the most comprehensive snapshot of the Education sector in the region ever undertaken.

In total, 90 different schools, and 225 finalists are recognised across the 29 Awards, with awards ranging from Best Primary School and Best School for Music; Teaching awards for Best Primary and Secondary School Teacher; and Special Awards for Child Happiness, the School Most Loved by Parents and the Most Outstanding Contribution to Education in the UAE.

The 2019-20 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education in the UAE was awarded to DrAbdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).

The Award for Best School in the UAE 2021 will be decided by judges based on the winning schools in each of the curriculum awards, these including Best Indian School, Best Blended IB Curriculum School, Best Blended Arabic Curriculum School, Best British School, Best American School and Best International Baccalaureate School.

The final recipients of the Awards are decided by an independent judging panel based on a more than two-hundred page document produced by the Editorial Board of The Top Schools Awards, this comprising journalists, educationalists and experts drawn from across SchoolsCompared.com, WhichSchoolAdvisor.com and its advisory panels, which includes experts, parents and students. Data is compiled from information presented directly by schools as well as from the UAE’s most comprehensive, subscription-only statistical and analytic educational database, EdstaticaTM.

The winners of the Top Schools Awards 2021 will be announced on the UAE’s leading education web sites for parents seeking impartial and independent expert advice and guidance on choosing the best schools to educate their child(ren), SchoolsCompared.com and WhichSchoolAdvisor.com, throughout December, beginning on the 6th.

James Mullan, Co-founder of The SchoolsCompared Top Schools Awards 2021, commented:

“The Top Schools Awards are a labour of love, passion and expertise.

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Taking over a year to produce, and subject to extended consideration, analysis, discussion and exchange of views, these Awards provide the most serious, comprehensive, educationally informative, and informed, view of achievements in education by those that deliver for families, day-in and day-out, across the educational landscape of the emirates. The Awards are about recognising the talents and achievements of schools and educators in the UAE – and their vital, centrifugal impact on the lives of children.

In the simplest terms, they are about celebrating those who are often not seen or celebrated nearly enough – and us all, wherever we may be, and whoever we are, saying a very sincere and heartfelt thank you to every single school and educator, finalist or otherwise, in the region.”

David Westley, Co-founder, The SchoolsCompared Top Schools Awards 2021, continued:

“Where to begin? I believe that we should all of us in the UAE, regardless of the industry or sector we work in, be beyond proud of our schools, their teachers, school leadership, and supporting staff, for what they achieve each year for our children.

I believe passionately, and for good reason, that we have, taken as a whole, and given the size of the UAE, the most vibrant, diverse, effective, inspirational, highly performing and outstanding, in short the best, educational sector anywhere in the world.

These Awards state this with clarity, alacrity, and precision – and aim to bring recognition and our gratitude to the whole sector. The finalists we announced today should each and every one of them be extraordinarily proud. We are in no less than absolute awe of what you achieve.”

 

The Finalists Revealed – in Full.

The list of finalists, announced today, follows:

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Top Schools Awards Early Childhood Teacher of the Year 2021

The SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Award for Early Childhood Teacher of the Year 2021-22 in Proud Association with WhichSchoolAdvisor.com

Finalists

Katrina McLeod, IDEA ELC

Clare Nagle, Home Grown Nursery

Suzie Podesta, Dubai British Foundation

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SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Award for Best Early Childhood Centre and Nursery School in the UAE 2021

The SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Award for Best Early Childhood Centre in the UAE 2021-22 in Proud Association with WhichSchoolAdvisor.com

Finalists

British Rose Nursery

Chubby Cheeks Nursery

Creative Nest Nursery

Future International Nursery

Jumeirah International Nurseries

Little Land Nursery and Montessori Centre

The Little Dreamers Nursery

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Best Primary School Teacher in the UAE 2021

The SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Award for Primary School Teacher of the Year 2021-22

Finalists

Afreen Banu. GEMS Millennium School Sharjah.

Troy Ellison. Head of ICT and Computing. Regent International School Dubai.

Fatmaelzahraa Nabil Hassan Mahmoud. Grade 2 Homeroom Teacher. Ambassador International Academy.

Stefania D’Olimpio. FS1 Sunbird Class Teacher. Hartland International School.

Brendon Paul Owens. Teacher of Year 2 Children. Taaleem’s Dubai British School – Jumeirah Park.

Kelly Pickett. Foundation Stage 1 Class Teacher. GEMS Wellington International School.

Simone Shaikh. Year 1 Teacher. GEMS Founders School Dubai.

Lorraine Williams. Year 6 Teacher and Science Coordinator. GEMS FirstPoint School – The Villa.

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SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Awards 2021 Best Primary School in the UAE Entry Form

The SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Award for Best Primary School in the UAE 2021-22

Finalists

GEMS Jumeirah Primary School

GEMS Royal Dubai School

Horizon English School

Dubai English Speaking School

Kings’ School Dubai

The Pearl Academy – An Aldar Academies School.

Victory Heights Primary School

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Best Secondary School Teacher in the UAE 2021 SchoolsCompared Top School Awards

The SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Award for Secondary School Teacher of the Year 2021-22

Finalists

Charlotte Abbott. English Teacher. Director of English. Dubai English Speaking College [ DESC].

Stacey Coy. Teacher of History. Head of Humanities. South View School.

Simon Gill. Head of Discovery. Teacher of History. Al Mamoura Academy. An Aldar Academies School.

Jonathan Hughes. Teacher of Music. Head of Innovation and Digital Learning. Dwight School Dubai.

Elfyn Jones. Teacher. Secondary Art and Design. Innovation Lead. Nord Anglia International School Dubai.

Asiya Kariem. Teacher. Literacy Specialist. Safa British School – Jumeirah.

Tracey MacLean. Leader of Food Studies, Food Preparation and Nutrition. Taaleem’s Dubai British School – Jumeirah Park.

Ademola Okeowo. Taaleem’s Dubai British School – Emirates Hills.

James Peacock. Hartland International School.

Helen Pringle. Teacher of Music. Head of Arts. Fairgreen International School.

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Best School for Post-16 Education in the UAE Top Schools Awards Finalist

The SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Award for Best School for Post-16 Education in the UAE 2021-22

Finalists

Dubai College [DC]

Dubai English Speaking College [DESC]

GEMS FirstPoint School – The Villa

GEMS Modern Academy

GEMS Wellington Academy – Dubai Silicon Oasis

Nord Anglia International School Dubai

Repton School Dubai

Swiss International Scientific School Dubai

The American School of Dubai

The British School Al Khubairat

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Best School in the UAE for BTEC, the IB Career-related Programme or other vocational education options.

The SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Award for Best School for Technical and Vocational Stream Education in the UAE 2021-22

Finalists:

GEMS FirstPoint School – The Villa

GEMS Wellington Academy – Dubai Silicon Oasis

Sunmarke School

Taaleem’s Greenfield International School

The British School Al Khubairat

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Best mainstream school for Children of determination 2021. Application Form.

The SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Award for Best Mainstream School for Children of Determination 2021-22

Finalists:

Dubai Heights Academy

GEMS FirstPoint School – The Villa

GEMS Wellington International School

Raffles World Academy. An Innoventures Education School.

Smart Vision School

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The SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Award for Value Add and Leaving No Child Behind 2021 Entry Form

The SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Award for Value Add and Leaving No Child Behind 2021-22

Finalists:

Brighton College Abu Dhabi

Dubai English Speaking College [DESC]

GEMS Wellington International School

Jumeirah English Speaking School [JESS] – Arabian Ranches

Nord Anglia International School Dubai

Raffles International School. An Innoventures Education School.

Repton School Dubai

Safa Community School

Sheikh Zayed Private School for Boys

Taaleem’s Dubai British School – Jumeirah Park

The British School Al Khubairat

The English College Dubai

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SchoolsCompared Top Schools Award for Happiest School in the UAE 2021 Application Form

The SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Award for Happiest School in the UAE 2021-22

Finalists

The Arbor School

Arcadia School

Brighton College Dubai

Dove Green Private School

Dubai English Speaking School [DESS]

Fairgreen International School

GEMS FirstPoint School – The Villa

GEMS Modern Academy

Horizon English School

Kent College Dubai

Safa British School

Safa Community School

Southview School

Taaleem’s Dubai British Foundation – Jumeirah Islands

Taaleem’s Uptown International School

The English College Dubai

Victory Heights Primary School

West Yas Academy – An Aldar Academies School

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Top Schools Awards 2021 Best Indian Curriculum School in the UAE Application and Entry Form

The SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Award for Best Indian Curriculum School in the UAE 2021-22

Finalists

Ambassador School Dubai

Delhi Private School Jebel Ali

GEMS The Millennium School

The Indian High School (Senior Campus)

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Top Schools Awards 2021 Award for The Best American School in he UAE Application and entry form

The SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Award for Best American Curriculum School in the UAE 2021-22

Finalists

Clarion School Dubai

Dunecrest American School

GEMS Dubai American Academy

The American School of Dubai

West Yas Academy Abu Dhabi – An Aldar Academies School

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Best International Baccalaureate School in the UAE Top Schools Award Best IB School Entry Form

The SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Award for Best International Baccalaureate Curriculum School in the UAE 2021-22

Finalists

GEMS International School

GEMS World Academy Dubai

Dubai International Academy – Emirates Hills. An Innoventures Education School.

Swiss International Scientific School Dubai

Taaleem’s Greenfield International School

Taaleem’s Jumeira Baccalaureate School

Taaleem’s Raha International School

Taaleem’s Uptown International School

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Top Schools Awards 2021 Best Arabic School Blended Curriculum Application Form

The SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Award for Best Blended Arabic Curriculum School in the UAE 2021-22

Finalists

American School of Creative Science

Next Generation School

School of Research Science

Sheikh Zayed Private School for Boys

Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Girls

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Best Blended International Baccalaureate Curriculum School in the UAE 2021 Top Schools Awards Entry Form

The SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Award for Best Blended International Baccalaureate Curriculum School in the UAE 2021-22

Finalists

Al Mamoura Academy Abu Dhabi – An Aldar Academies School

American Community School of Abu Dhabi

Deira International School – Dubai Festival City

GEMS Dubai American Academy

GEMS Modern Academy

Jumeirah English Speaking School [JESS] – Arabian Ranches

Nord Anglia International School Dubai

Repton School Dubai

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Top Schools Awards 2021 Best British Curriculum School in the UAE 2021 Entry Form

The SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Award for Best British Curriculum School in the UAE 2021

Finalists

Al Yasmina Academy – An Aldar Academies School

Brighton College Al Ain

Brighton College Abu Dhabi

Cranleigh Abu Dhabi

Dubai College [DC]

Dubai English Speaking College [DESC]

Dubai English Speaking School [DESS]

GEMS FirstPoint School – The Villa

GEMS Jumeirah College

GEMS Jumeirah Primary School

Sharjah English School

Taaleem’s Dubai British School – Jumeirah Park

Taaleem’s Dubai British School – Emirates Hills

The British School Al Khubairat

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Best School in the UAE for Dance, Performing Arts and Theatre 2021

The SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Award for Best School in the UAE for Theatre, Dance and the Performing Arts 2021-22

Finalists

American Community School of Abu Dhabi

Brighton College Abu Dhabi

Cranleigh Abu Dhabi

GEMS Wellington Academy – Dubai Silicon Oasis

Kent College Dubai

Nord Anglia International School Dubai

Taaleem’s Dubai British School – Jumeirah Park

The American School of Dubai

The British School Al Khubairat

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Top Schools Award for Best School in the UAE for Music in 2021

The SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Award for Best School in the UAE for Music 2021-22

Finalists

Brighton College Abu Dhabi

Cranleigh Abu Dhabi

Dubai College [DC]

Dwight School Dubai

Nord Anglia International School Dubai

The American School of Dubai

The British School Al Khubairat

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Entry for for the SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Awards 2021 Award for Best School in the UAE for Fine Art and Creative Studio Work

The SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Award for Best School in the UAE for Fine Art and Creative Studio Work 2021-22

Finalists

GEMS Wellington International School

GEMS Modern Academy

Nord Anglia International School Dubai

Taaleem’s Dubai British School – Jumeirah Park

Taaleem’s Jumeira Baccalaureate School

The British School Al Khubairat

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Finalists for the Best School for Sport in the UAE at The Top Schools Awards 2021

The SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Award for Best School for Sport in the UAE 2021-22

Finalists

Dubai English Speaking School [DESS] and Dubai English Speaking College [DESC]

Dubai College [DC]

GEMS World Academy Dubai

GEMS Jumeirah College

Jumeirah English Speaking School [JESS] – Arabian Ranches

GEMS Jumeirah Primary School

Kent College Dubai

The American School of Dubai

The British School Al Khubairat

Victory Heights Primary School

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The SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Award Award for Most Innovative School in the UAE 2021

The SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Award for Most Innovative School in the UAE 2021-22

Finalists

Brighton College Al Ain

Dwight School Dubai

Fairgreen International School

GEMS FirstPoint School – The Villa

GEMS Millennium School Sharjah

GEMS Modern Academy

GEMS Wellington Academy – Al Khail

Jumeirah English Speaking School [JESS]- Arabian Ranches

The Arbor School Dubai

The British School Al Khubairat

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Best New School in Dubai, Abu Dhabi Finalists

The SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Award for Best New School in the UAE 2015-21

Finalists

Arcadia School (Opened 2016)

Brighton College Dubai (Opened 2018)

Dubai Heights Academy (Opened 2017)

Dwight School Dubai (Opened 2018)

Fairgreen International School (Opened 2018)

GEMS Founders School Dubai (Opened 2016)

Hartland International School (Opened 2015)

Kent College Dubai (Opened 2016)

Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Boys (Opened 2015)

South View School (Opened 2018)

The Arbor School (Opened 2018)

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Best University in the UAE 2021 Top Schools Awards 2021 Entry Form

The SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Award for Best University in the UAE 2021-22

Finalists

Birla Institute of Technology and Science – Dubai Campus

Herriot-Watt University

Manipal Academy of Higher Education

Middlesex University

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Top Schools Awards for Architecture 2021. Sustainability, Design, Environment. .

The SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Award for Best Architecture Environment, Design and Sustainability in a UAE School 2021-22

Finalists

Cranleigh School Abu Dhabi

Creative Nest Nursery

Dubai College [DC] – The SPACE (Sports & Performing Arts Centre of Excellence)

Dubai English Speaking College [DESC] – Sixth Form

Dubai Heights Academy

GEMS Dubai American Academy

Kent College Dubai

Nord Anglia International School Dubai

Safa British School

The English College Dubai

The Royal Grammar School Guildford Dubai

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Top Schools Awards 2021 Most Outstanding Response to Covid-19 in a UAE School Entry Form

The SchoolsCompared.com Special Award for the Most Outstanding Response to COVID-19 by a School in the UAE 2021-22

Finalists

The Arbor School

Deira International School – Dubai Festival City

Dubai Heights Academy

GEMS Jumeirah Primary School

GEMS Modern Academy

Hartland International School

Raffles World Academy. An Innoventures Education School.

Repton School Dubai

Taaleem’s Dubai British School – Jumeirah Park

The British School Al Khubairat

The English College Dubai

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The SchoolsCompared.com Special Award for the “School Most Loved by Parents” in proud association with EdstaticaTM 2021-

Finalists

Hartland International School

Horizon English School

Jumeirah English Speaking School [JESS] – Jumeirah

Safa British School

Safa Community School

The English College Dubai

Victory Heights Primary School

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The SchoolsCompared.com Special Award for Best Principal in the UAE 2021-22

Finalists

Asha Alexander. Principal and Chief Executive Officer. GEMS Legacy School.

Iain Colledge. Executive Principal. Taaleem’s Raha International School.

John Conway. Executive Superintendent. The Sheikh Zayed Private Academies.

Simon Crane. Head Master. Brighton College Dubai.

Brett Girven. Principal. The Arbor School.

Zara Harrington. Principal. Safa British School.

Rachel Higgins. Principal and Chief Executive Officer. GEMS Jumeirah Primary School.

Nargish Khambatta. Principal and Chief Executive Officer. GEMS Modern Dubai.

Michael Lambert. Headmaster and Teacher of Classics. Dubai College.

Mark Leppard MBE. Headmaster. The British School Al Khubairat.

Simon O’Connor. Director. Deira International School – Dubai Festival City.

Matthew Tompkins. Principal and Chief Executive Officer. GEMS FirstPoint School – The Villa.

Chris Vizzard. Headteacher. Dubai English Speaking College [DESC].

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The SchoolsCompared.com Special Award for Overall Best School in the UAE 2021-22.

Finalists:

This is decided from the winners of the individual Best School Curriculum Awards.

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Top Schools Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Education in the UAE. Nomination Form.

 The SchoolsCompared.com Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education in the UAE

To be announced on 6th December 2021.

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Further Information.

Top School Awards Best Nursery Preschool

Read about the Top Schools Awards 2017-18 here.

Newspaper excerpt from the Gulf News highlighting the winner of the Best Principal in the UAE at the Top School Awards in Dubai by SchoolsCompared.com 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.

Read about the Top Schools Awards 2019-20 here.

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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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