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Top British Curriculum (UK) English Schools in Dubai

04 March 2016

With a sizeable expatriate populace residing in UAE hailing from different countries and also in line with the changing educational norms and standards, one can get a number of curriculum options when it comes to choosing a school for your child. Taking in account of the English people living in Dubai, there are a number of British curriculum schools in Dubai. The fee structures of the schools also vary with some being reachable to the pockets while some being quite high with regard to the fee structure.

The schools generally function from Sunday to Thursday with the weekly holidays falling on Fridays and Saturdays. Most of the teachers hired in the British curriculum schools are mostly from the English speaking countries like UK, Australia, South Africa and Canada. Let's have a look at some of the British schools in Dubai.

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Cambridge International School, Dubai

Run by the Gems education group, the school adopts the British curriculum inviting students of around 70 nationalities. The Cambridge International School offers education for both boys and girls with around 2300 students enrolled with the school.

Housed in a spacious arena, the school campus is divided into two sections: Primary section for Kindergarten to Year 6 and Secondary section for Year 7-Year 13. The school adopts a holistic approach for education with an equal emphasis on the overall development of the child implementing academic as well as non academic activities.

The school is equipped with a number of facilities like a grass play area for kindergarten to Year 2, a swimming pool, an indoor sports area and also a huge hall for various in house activities. ICT facilities are available keeping in line to the hi tech world along with an art and a music studio for unleashing the artistic side of the students. The school also has a medical center with a full time nurse and a doctor to attend to the students.

Location: Cambridge International School, Garhoud, Dubai
Contact: +971 4 282 4646

GEMS Wellington School, Dubai

Placed in the vicinity of the high locales of Dubai like Palm Jumeirah, Downtown Dubai, Jumeirah Village, Marina and the Emirates Hills, the GEMS Wellington school is situated in the Al Sufouh area. With over 2200 students enrolled in the campus, the school follows the British curriculum with the students taking up GCSE and IGSCE examinations at the end of their secondary schooling.

Spanning on a huge arena of around 8 acres, the school is equipped with some of the best facilities of its kind like an indoor and an outdoor pool, dance and music studios and also a fitness studio making it one of the best equipped schools in Dubai. The school also has an observatory giving glimpse of the universe with a spacious theatre with a seating capacity of around 472 people.

Location: GEMS Wellington School, Dubai
Contact: +971 4 348 4999

Dubai English Speaking School, Dubai

Offering education to the kids between the age group of 4-11, the Dubai English Speaking School is one of the best schools providing National Curriculum of England. The school has been enrolled with around 800 students with most of them hailing from the British community.

With its opening dating back to as old as 1963, the school has emerged as one of the finest British schools in Dubai. Expanding itself in the education world, the school has opened the Dubai English Speaking College located in the Dubai Academic City. Students enrolled at the English Speaking School enjoy the privilege of getting a direct admission to the Dubai English Speaking College.

The school is situated in the heart of the city in Umm Hurair near Oud Metha.

Location: Umm Hurair, Dubai
Contact: +971 4 337 1457

Regent International School, Dubai

Being a proud academic provider in Dubai for the past 20 years, the school educates pupils with the British National Curriculum. Located in the plush Greens community of the Emirates Hills, the school is associated with Fortes Education Group and is one of the top British schools in Dubai. Enrolling around 1000 students in its campus, the students come from around 70 nationalities bringing various cultures and diversities under one roof.

The school offers education program from Kindergarten to Year 13. Committed with a holistic education approach, the school is equipped with world class facilities like two temperature control swimming pools, indoor and outdoor sports area, art and dance and music studios with a number of activity rooms. The school also has a resourced library with a spacious assembly hall.

Location: The Greens, Emirates Living Community, Dubai
Contact: +971 4 360 8830

Kings’ School, Dubai

Enrolled with over 400 students under its premise, Kings’ School is another institution following the British curriculum. With a passionate commitment of the overall development of the child, the school is one of the premier academic institutions focusing on both the academics with no less emphasis on the extra curricular activities as well. Beside the activities during the school hours, a number of after school activities and clubs are planned for the kids.

The school offers education to the children aged between 3-11 years old. Located in the plush locality of JBR, the school lies in the close vicinity of Wild Wadi with the Burj al Arab in the backdrop. The sports facilities are prominent in the school with the emphasis of making sports a part of the learning program. The school proudly projects being ranked outstanding consecutively since 2008. The school has also opened two new branches in Al Barsha and Nad Al Sheba.

Location: Umm Suqeim, Dubai
Contact: +971 4 348 3939

Raffles International School, Dubai

With over 1500 students enrolled in the school, the Raffles International School is another one of the prominent British schools in Dubai. The school follows the National Curriculum of England. The institution adopts the IB Primary Years Programme for the pupils from KG to Grade 5. The students appear for the IGCSE examinations for their secondary years.

Focusing on the overall personality development of the kids, the school lays no less emphasis on the sports activities. The various facilities include swimming pools, multipurpose halls for various games like basketball, volleyball and badminton.

Location: Umm Suqeim, Dubai
Contact: + 971 4 427 1200

Repton School, Dubai

Located in the Nad Al Sheba area close to Silicon Oasis, Repton School is one of the uptown British schools in Dubai. The school is an associate partner of the famous Repton School in England with over 2000 students enrolled under its premises with the kids hailing from across 60 nationalities.

The curriculum followed is the National Curriculum for England. The IGCSE examination is followed for the students appearing for the secondary examinations followed by the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme to be taken up in sixth form. The school also provides boarding facilities and the school tour is also organized for parents who wish to enroll their kids in the school. The students need to appear for an assessment test for getting admission in the school.

Location: Repton School, Nad Al Sheba 3, Dubai
Contact: +971 4 426 9393

The Winchester School, Dubai

Located in the Gardens locality near Jebel Ali area, the Winchester School aims at providing quality education at an affordable rate to the students. The pupils hail from almost all the nationalities residing in Dubai with a number of around 3300 students rolled on in the campus. Starting its functioning in 2003, the school follows the National Curriculum for England.

Managed by the GEMS Education group, the school is equipped with a number of facilities like music and art rooms, a large auditorium and an indoor play area with a number of indoor games facilities. Encouraging public speaking skills in the students, a number of speaking and personality development activities are planned for the students for an overall development.

Location: The Winchester School, The Gardens, Dubai
Contact: + 971 4 8820444

The Sheffield School, Dubai

Following the National Curriculum For England, The Sheffield School is located in the heart of Dubai in Al Nahda. Opened in September 2004, the school offers education to around 1400 students of various nationalities. The school makes the Year 10 and Year 11 students appear for the IGCSE examinations with the Year 12 and Year 13 students appearing for the AS and A2 examinations from Cambridge or Edexel.

The facilities in the school include a large sized swimming pool, an indoor stadium for various games like basketball, volleyball and badminton along with a number of various outdoor sports facilities.

Location: The Sheffield School, Al Nahda, Dubai
Contact: + 971 4 267 8444

Deira International School, Dubai

Located at the Dubai Festival City, the Deira International School educates around 1200 students from across 80 nationalities coming from diverse cultures. The teaching staff in the school comes predominantly from UK and Australia. The school provides with a number of facilities like the swimming pools, sports arena, ICT labs and music and art rooms.

Managed by the ESOL Group, the school follows the National Curriculum For England.

Location: Deira International School, Dubai Festival City, Dubai.
Contact: + 971 4 235 5552

Sakina Habib

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