‘School is far more than a place to work and learn. It is also where we begin to build relationships with other people, find out how we work collaboratively, develop a sense of ourselves and discover how we as individuals fit into our world and society.’
Conveniently located in Al Barsha, just between Hessa Street and Um Suqeim, Dubai Heights Academy opened its doors to the first wave of students in September 2017. A British curriculum school, it currently has 50 students enrolled in FS1 through to Year 4, and will eventually go all the way through to Year 13. Even when it reaches its full capacity of 1,800 students, the school will be a relatively small one. The facilities, however, are top of the class. From the hand-painted colourful gate at the entrance to the multi-purpose theatre space, it is clear that Dubai Heights has been designed by a team who are familiar with the specific needs of a school.
Experience is what characterizes every aspect of the school. The head, Andrew Prosser, has been in Dubai for years. He was previously head of Primary in the well-regarded Safa Community School and has been in the enviable position of hand-picking the teachers he wanted to bring with him to his new school. All the teachers at Dubai Heights have worked in Dubai before, and many of them are used to working together. So despite it being a brand-new school, parents won’t need to worry about teachers still finding their feet or being new to the vagaries of Dubai bureaucracy. Everyone is hitting the ground running.
The school has already managed to stand out from the already-crowded Dubai market in three key ways. Firstly, the school fees are very reasonable when compared to similar schools. Three sets of school uniform are thrown in for free, and most of the extra-curricular activities run by the school don’t come at an extra cost either. Secondly, there is a strong and positive emphasis on inclusion. The school has a full-time Occupational Therapist and Speech Therapist, as well as specially-designed sensory rooms, play areas and a gym: it is clearly well designed to cater to children with special education needs and a weekly session with the OT and ST are included in the fees for those who need it. Thirdly, the school day starts later than most others – pupils don’t need to be in school until 8.30. Parents are apparently loving the more leisurely start and it’s perfect for those who want to drop off their offspring before heading to work.
Parents will like this school if:
- They want a British curriculum with experienced teachers •
- They live in the Al Barsha area
- They want to drop their children off to school on the way to work •
- They want a school that caters to different educational needs
Fees: 37,570 AED per year to 49,640 AED