Finding The Perfect School In Dubai
With so many primary schools in Dubai it’s not always easy to decide which will best suit your little student. We look at five of the newest primary schools in Dubai and share what makes each so unique.
Dubai British School Jumeirah Park
If an education that goes beyond those traditional subjects is something that appeals then The Dubai British School Jumeirah Park which combines academia with incredible extra-curricular activities and fabulous facilities which embrace all the innovations and philosophies of our modern world. A British Curriculum School which offers first class British education from Year 1 to Year 13 (and years 9-13 opening soon), this school has been designed to the highest specifications with the 21st Century learning needs of students in mind.
From a roof-top garden where pupils can enrol in a gardening club and grow their own plants and vegetables, to a Food Technology Lab which offers cooking classes and a project space that allows the children to learn about different foods and cultures, a Student Radio Station available for regular broadcasts and even student weather forecasts, state-of-the-art performing arts theatre and innovation centre plus 8-lane swimming pool with training pool and shaded outdoor learning spaces, this Taaleem run system has moved beyond the old-fashioned and has made education and the school experience more fun, interactive and engaging.
School Dining is provided by celebrity chef Gary Rhodes and is a quality, family-style experience with staff and kids all enjoying the same organic, nutritious meals together and an emphasis on really useful skills including table manners, dining etiquette and even conversation.
And if you’re a mama of many, they’re even introducing a sibling discount of 10% on tuition fees.
Kings’ Al Barsha
Part of the Kings’ Group, whose founding school is the only school in the UAE to achieve Outstanding since the start of the KHDA inspections, Kings’ School Al Barsha shares the high standards, values and operational excellence for which the Kings’ ‘family’ of 3 schools has become known and is fast earning a reputation as the school of choice for sports and expressive arts in addition to high quality academies and a huge amount of free extra curricular activities. And if your children are particularly gifted in a specific field, the Kings’ scholarship programme is now in its second year and offers GCSE and A’Level students who excel in academia, sports or the expressive arts a chance to access their accelerated programme as well as offering financial support.
Centrally located on Umm Suqeim Street in Barsha South 1, this school offers places for students from FS1 right through to Year 13 and follows the British Curriculum but with an International perspective, to reflect the cultural diversity and multiculturalism of Dubai. Kings’ is rooted in British heritage but also has a thriving international community and places heavy emphasis on language learning, global awareness and the importance of local context for the perfect balance. The school also enriches the National Curriculum of England with some of the best international practices including IB elements, a student-led conferences and Learning Behaviours programme, pastoral care from Finland, maths pedagogy from Shanghai, and a sports director whose background in the American system has had a hugely positive outcome on the school’s competitive sports.
And with exceptional teaching staff recruited from the UK and world class facilities including state-of-the-art technology, science laboratories, design and art suites, extensive performing art venues and truly incredible sporting facilities including full size grass rugby and football pitches, a prestigious Cricket Academy, multiple tennis and netball courts and 3 swimming pools (including a full size competition and diving pool).
Kings’ Education also has a strong commitment to the inclusion and pastoral support of all families and students, including students who are identified with Special Educational Needs, Additional Educational Needs, English as a Second Language, English Language Learners, High Achievers and Gifted and Talented Students – and the Kings’ School Al Barsha’s SEND staff are a highly respected team of experts who specialise in dyslexia and autism provision.
T +971 4 356 6900 or +971 4 356 6800
Kings’ Nad Al Sheba
Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba stands out as a vibrant, safe, supportive and happy place for students from FS1 to Year 6 (with plans to extend to Secondary) to learn and develop. With the Kings’ founding campus as the only school in Dubai to have received an Outstanding rating since the KHDA inspections began and with all of the Kings’ schools offering the same impressively high standards and values, this learning establishment operates under the Kings’ ethos of ‘one family, three campuses’, sharing the experience, talent and operational excellence for which the brand has become known.
Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba prides itself on an innovative approach to teaching and learning, with students being taught and nurtured by a talented, reflective, dedicated and caring team of professionals in inspiring environment.
Easily accessible from many central areas of Dubai and a short distance from Mirdif and Downtown, Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba follows the National Curriculum for England as a framework which is adapted to ensure a conceptual, integrated and enriched learning experience for young learners. Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba is also very proud of its approach to truly balanced, multi-cultural learning that embraces its international community of parents and students while also placing an importance on local context and handpicking the best international practices including IB elements, pastoral care from Finland, maths pedagogy from Shanghai and more as part of its curriculum. The pupil support system and pastoral care at Kings’ means that young people are treated as valued, supported individuals and that all families and pupils are supported – including those who are identified with Special Educational Needs, Additional Educational Needs, English as a Second Language, English Language Learners, High Achievers and Gifted and Talented Students. Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba’s staff are a highly respected team of experts who specialize in Speech and Language and whose integrity and skills are at the heart of the school values.
T +971 4 237 5555
Oaktree Primary School
Not yet a year old, Oaktree Primary School in Al Quoz has already won itself a superb reputation. With a truly innovative and modern approach to education, the school offers a Native Language Program for French, Spanish and Russian speakers at no extra cost (lessons are woven into the daily curriculum), small class sizes of up to 18 at Foundation Stage Level and up to 22 from Year 1 to Year 6 and, a Flexible FS program that’s ideal for parents who are concerned about sending their nursery graduates into an everyday school system (with the option of moving to a full week whenever you feel ready).
This small community school is all about providing a family away from home combined with striving for success. All staff at Oaktree Primary have years of experience leading schools in Dubai and in the UK and have a balance of youth and experience that keeps standards and results high while maintaining a special energy. And with a school fee system that offers both corporate and sibling discounts and an admissions team who are happy to arrange a tour at any time during a regular school day, to ensure a ‘real’ experience, plus the option for prospective pupils to play while parents tour, the school truly tries to accommodate all needs.
Oaktree Primary describes itself as a ‘happy school’ and ‘the village within the city’ with a focus on remaining small and unique while striving for success and supporting children in whatever they are most capable and promoting confidence and pride.
British Columbian Canadian School
BCCS Dubai is a new Canadian curriculum school opening in Dubai Investments Park in September 2017. The British Columbian (B.C.) Ministry of Education curriculum is highly regarded by education experts and parents both in Canada and around the globe, In fact, the BC curriculum is the leading English language curriculum according to the PISA 2015 results and students lead the world in the reading results, are second in science and 6th in Maths amongst 72 nations. The thing that makes this learning system so interesting? The curriculum offers freedom to teachers to make their lessons come alive for students and is highly adaptable, ensuring that skills are learned and retained. This isn’t just about preparing students for a test but rather about preparing them for life – teachers will assess each child individually to ensure that they are progressing rather than by using standard tests. It’s a fairly liberal approach but the results speak for themselves.
But it’s not all about academic results because this system recognises that there’s so much more to education and to helping raise rounded, well-balanced children. The BC Curriculum focuses on developing the whole child, providing for each child as an individual, to ensure that they reach their full potential, become good communicators and thinkers who are both personally and socially skilled to thrive in the 21st century.
British Columbian Canadian School in Dubai will be a community based school with a family feel. Parents will be welcomed to get involved in the school in as many ways as they would like, there’ll be strong communication ties between home and school and an open door policy should parents wish to speak with the staff at anytime. The school is currently offering free assessments to all children. There are also Founders’ Fees available and 10% discount for all subsequent years at the school.