New Schools in Dubai: UK Curriculum Schools

The new academic year 2018/19 is set for a bumper crop of new schools in Dubai. On the one hand this is good news for parents, bringing increased diversity and competition for the market. But with so many schools starting up in Dubai, each once has to be clear about what they are offering and how it differentiates them in the market place. So we can expect some really unique schools.

In this blog, we look at the seven UK curriculum schools opening. Read part two blog on the other curriculum options here.

New schools in Dubai: Part 1

Brighton College

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Location: Al Barsha South
Curriculum: UK
Age: Initially FS1 to Y9, then all through
Fees: AED 64,000 – 107,000
Discount 2018/19: Up to AED 6,000 off depending on year group

What makes the school special?

  • One of the UK’s top independent schools arrives in Dubai
  • Proven model operated by the group behind highly successful Brighton College in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain
  • Proven experience delivering strong academic results and some of the best exam grades and university destinations in the UK
  • Supportive provision for students with SEND and recognition that the achievements of every individual are valued equally
  • Shared facilities with the Dwight School including The Centre for Excellence in Arabic, Language, Culture and the Arts
  • Emphasis on kindness and producing young people who want to make a positive difference in the lives of others

For more information, visit the school website.

GEMS Founders Al Mizhar School

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Location: Mizhar 1
Curriculum: UK
Age: FS1 to Y8
Fees: AED 23,000 – 30,000
Discount 2018/19:  AED 1,000 off

What makes the school special?

  • Part of the GEMS family so there is little risk of opening issues and strong credibility
  • Proven record of delivering high-quality education but at a lower price point
  • Focus on scientific exploration including the ‘Innovation Hub’ offering coding and 3-D printing
  • Strong focus on wellbeing and inclusion including a kindness policy and mindfulness practice
  • Forward-thinking social responsibility programmes and aim of developing Global citizens capable of leading positive change

For more information, visit the school website.

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GEMS Vertus School

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Location: Al Waha
Curriculum: UK
Age: Initially FS1 to Y8, but to be all through
Fees: AED 40,000 – 55,000 (TBC)
Discount 2018/19: 20% year 1, 10% year 2

What makes the school special?

  • Part of the GEMS family so there is little risk of opening issues and strong credibility
  • New Vertus brand for GEMS therefore usually high degree of autonomy to the Founding Head to shape the school
  • Experienced senior leadership team sourced from across the UAE
  • Very large school with focus on affordability for parents
  • Focus on sustainable development through sciences and technology and being environmentally sensitive

For more information, visit the school website.

South View School

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Location: Remraam
Curriculum: UK
Age: Initially FS1 to Y8, but to be all through
Fees: AED 43,000 – 61,500
Discount 2018/19: Up to AED 8000 depending on year group in first year but with three year plan

What makes the school special?

  • Proven track record including the excellent Victory Heights Primary School
  • Located in the heart of Remraam with a focus on being a community school
  • Premium facilities but at affordable rates
  • High level of language learning and competitive sports built into the school day
  • Strong inclusion department with focus on every child achieving their ambitions

For more information, visit the school website.

The Aquila School

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Location: Dubailand (Centro/The Villa)
Curriculum: UK/BTEC/IBDP/A Level
Years Offered: Initially FS1 to Y6, but to be all-through
Fees: AED 45,000 – 72,000
Discount 2018/19: 15% discount for two years

What makes the school special?

  • Unique breadth in Sixth Form with both BTECs, A Levels and IBDP
  • Backed by experienced international operator with experience in the UAE
  • Promise of exceptional support for students with SEND
  • Focus on authentic, hands-on and practical learning – you won’t see any textbooks in their primary department!
  • Integrated technology across the school to enhance teaching and learning

For more information, visit the school website.

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The Arbor School

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Location: Al Furjan
Curriculum: UK/BTEC/A Level
Age: Initially FS1 to Y6, but to be all-through
Fees: AED 56,000 – 95,000
Discount 2018/19: 50% in first year, 25% in years two and three

What makes the school special?

  • Curriculum based around themes related to the environment including eco-literacy, sustainability and environmental justice
  • Children to be taught in an inclusive, supportive, compassionate and ethical framework
  • A resident scientist and artist on site
  • Eco-friendly facilities including learning gardens and climate controlled biodomes
  • An experimental approach to learning and project-based approach to teaching

For more information, visit the school website.

Ajyal British School

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Location: Khawaneej 1
Curriculum: UK
Age: Initially FS1 to Y6, but to be all through
Fees: AED 40,000 – 60,000
Discount 2018/19: TBC

What makes the school special?

  • First UK curriculum school to open in Al Khawaneej
  • Likely to be popular with local families with investment promised in Arab curriculum areas
  • Experienced owners following launch school in Abu Dhabi

Surprising lack of information for a school opening in September 2018, watch this space!

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