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GEMS Wellington International School, Dubai

GEMS Wellington International School, Dubai

Wellington International School, a mixed private school owned and run by GEMS Education, has been ranked Outstanding for the past seven years, one of a highly select few to have achieved that level of consistency.

The school takes children from 3 years (Pre-KG) to 18 years of age (Year 13). The 2400 plus students (from over 80 nationalities with the biggest groupings from the UK) are taught by 184 full-time teachers. Teachers are predominantly British and almost all have relevant teaching qualifications.  Of these teachers, 22 percent were new in the last academic year, down from a 29 per cent turnover. The teachers are supported by 66 teaching assistants.

The student to teacher ratio is currently at approximately 13:1, with classroom sizes no larger than 25. This has remained fairly constant at the school.

The school’s principal, Keith Miller, who has been in the role since September 2012. Previously Mr Miller had been the “Founding Principal Designate” of another GEMS school, The Cambridge International School in Abu Dhabi. In the UK Mr Miller had been the Principal of the Crest Boys Academy, London and prior to that a Consultant Headteacher at Parkwood High School in Sheffield.

The school follows the English National Curriculum from Foundation Stage to Year 11. At the end of the secondary phase, students are entered for IGCSE and GCSE. In the post-16 phase, students follow the increasingly sought after International Baccalaureate programme.

The school’s latest KHDA report notes the very strong commitment to developing each individual “academically and also as a person”, and the school publicly posts its academic achievements (a big tick as far as WSA is concerned) on its Web site.

In 2013, the last results data we have from the school, 93% of its students achieved 5 x A* – C and 89% achieved 5 x A* – C  including English and Maths. The results were broadly similar to 2012 when 93% of students achieved 5 or more A* to C grades including English and Maths. These results constituted a 13% increase from 2011 and were “the best ever achieved at the school”.

In 2013, 96% of its post-16 students were awarded the IB Diploma, with results 18% above the World IB Average (WIS fails however to give the average score). This was a step up from 2012 when 80% of the school’s students passed the IB Diploma, and achieved results 2% above the IB Average of 66.2%.  At the time the average IB grade at Wellington was 30.4 out of 45. While there is no rule 34 is generally considered the benchmark for acceptance into ‘Redbrick’ UK universities. Tier one universities (such as Oxford) look for 38 or above.

2014/15 information is not (yet?) available on the school’s web site. We suggest you request it if you are interested in the school.

Many schools do not like the focus parents give to academic results, because doing so fails to recognize the value addition a school provides. Clearly a selective school taking on more academic students, will ultimately post better academic results. Wellington International School is not selective, but an inclusive, mixed ability school.

Students with Special Educational Needs are supported by a SEN team of teachers and teaching assistants. More information on this may be found in our Q and A with the school. (Note: GEMS has ramped up its SEN provision across its schools in recent years. Parents should note, however, the individual attention students receive comes at an additional cost).

Strengths of WIS according to the KHDA include its “established record of students’ outstanding academic progress, attainment and learning skills in English, mathematics and science; Students’ personal and social development (“Outstanding”), especially their understanding of Islamic values and local, cultural and global awareness; the confident, high quality teaching supported by accurate assessments; the curriculum quality and design (“Outstanding”); the school’s protection and support for its students, and its Outstanding leadership and management.

The school needs to improve further student attainment, progress and learning skills in Islamic Education and Arabic.

Facilities at Wellington are as you would expect for a “premium” GEMS school – impressive. There is an indoor, air-conditioned swimming pool, soccer fields, a state-of-the-art gym, three science laboratories, a library, and four computer laboratories with over 120 computers.

Fees at Wellington are as impressive: Tuition starts at 45,936 AED for FS 2. Year 13 students pay 79,343 AED per annum. There is a non-refundable registration fee of AED 500 is due at the time of application. When an offer of a place in the school is made, an admission fee of AED 7500 is required to secure the place. This admission fee is non-refundable and adjustable against the first term’s fees.



Pre primary 41078
FS 2 51740
YEAR 1 51740
YEAR 2 51740
YEAR 3 51740
YEAR 4 51740
YEAR 5 51740
YEAR 6 51740
YEAR 7 71340
YEAR 8 71340
YEAR 9 71340
YEAR 10 80276
YEAR 11 80276
YEAR 12 89368
YEAR 13 89368

KHDA Ranking

2008-2009 Good click here
2009-2010 Outstanding click here
2010-2011 Outstanding click here
2011-2012 Outstanding click here
2012-2013 Outstanding click here
2013-2014 Outstanding click here
2014-2015 Outstanding click here
2015-2016 Outstanding click here





General Information

School Name GEMS Wellington International School
Curriculum UK/IB
Telephone 04-3484999
Fax 04-3486595
P.O.Box Al Sufouh
Email k.miller_wis@gemsedu.com
Website www.wellingtoninternationalschool.com


If you are the owner of the school and note any factual inaccuracies, or would like to update any information, please do not hesitate to contact us at editor@whichschooladvisor.com.


Update on May 16, 2016 | Reviewed by WhichSchoolAdvisor.com on October 11, 2012


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  1. Imran says
    December 14, 2015, 2:40 pm


    I found the comments very useful for the parents and the children. I have three kids, 5,9 and 10 years. I am bringing my family in June 2016. Can anyone advise me how and when to apply for the vacancies in the school. My interest is to bring them in GWI. Is it possible for the three kids?


    • December 17, 2015, 12:35 pm

      Hi Imran,

      Wellington International is a very popular school and you would need to apply as soon as possible for places via their school website. They will only be able to offer if they have families leaving, so we would strongly advise that you also apply to other schools offering the UK curriculum. GEMS has numerous schools in Dubai – http://www.gemseducation.com and if you check the Whichschooladvisor Dubai Primary Schools from the Home Page, you will also find out about the many other school options. Newer schools tend to be in a better position to cater to families with siblings as they are expanding and can usually have greater flexibility on places.

  2. wasim shora says
    October 21, 2015, 9:57 pm

    Hi, my son is 4yrs 6 month old and is moving from India to Dubai. he has finished his KG1 & we are looking to admit him in KG1 mid semister. Is there a vacancy in your prestigous school or any sister school of GEMS in the proximity of Media City. I am looking for IB or UK.

  3. anas says
    July 2, 2015, 10:54 pm

    i want enroll my 2 kids. kg1-gead1.this year.is it posible???
    they was at universal american shool.

  4. Ehsan Rahman says
    April 17, 2015, 3:23 pm

    I want to enroll my 2 kids (6 and 10) in yr 2 and 6 next year. GEMS Wellington, Sufouh is my preference. However, as places are booked up, GEMS refer to their Al Khada site instead. What is the relationship, is it as good?

    • April 19, 2015, 10:33 pm

      GEMS Wellington Academy – Al Khail is a sister school to Wellington International that opened in September 2013. As such it is relatively new, but has strong ambitions academically. We understand that the current Head of Wellington International will take over at Wellington Academy-Al Khail in September, so there is clear evidence that GEMS wants it to be as successful as its older sister. You can read our review via the following link:

  5. alan says
    March 19, 2015, 4:39 pm

    “The 2376 students (from over 80 nationalities with the biggest groupings from India, Pakistan and the U.S.)”

    Interesting that the largest group isn’t students from the UK, but also the third largest group are from the US? Wow.

  6. John Cena says
    October 31, 2014, 5:44 pm

    The only problem i have this school is the tution fees. Is there any discount?

    • Professor says
      November 9, 2014, 10:59 am

      Hi John, this is a very established and popular school, so highly unlikely. Early bird discounts are increasingly being used to entice students to new schools – often by the same education providers, often with first class facilities – but without the bedding in time for policies and procedures…

  7. Milan says
    October 20, 2014, 8:24 am

    Appreciate feedback on following..

    Does this school enroll international student whose parents are not resident of UAE? How is the facility.. any feedback?

    Does it have boarding facility for 11 & 12 grade students?

    • Professor says
      November 9, 2014, 10:57 am

      Hi Milan. No boarding facilities (a relatively new concept in the UAE).

  8. Ashish Vyawahare says
    August 7, 2014, 4:07 pm

    I want to enroll/take admission for my two kids in Gems Welington International school for yr 8 & yr12. They are currently following the IGCSE EDXCEL pattern in Colombo.
    How should i go about it and is it possible to get admission from 2nd Term i.e. from 1st Jan’15?

    • Professor says
      August 9, 2014, 10:58 am

      Hi Ashish, kindly contact the school to discuss this with them. Contact details may be found at the top of the review.

  9. belbel says
    August 3, 2014, 10:55 pm

    I would like my 4 years old son and 3 years old start in September 2014 the school in Gems Wellington International School. What do I need to do to it?


    • Professor says
      August 4, 2014, 9:14 am

      Hi, you need to contact the school in the first instance and submit the correct forms. You will find a link and the telephone number to the school at the top of the review.

  10. Anupama says
    April 29, 2014, 5:57 pm

    Please let me know…Is it possible to get admission in grade 12 , for a student pursuing full IB diploma from another school, in the start of or middle of the session for graduation yr 2015 ?

  11. December 24, 2013, 7:15 pm

    which language in your school is the medium of instruction followed?

    • Bill says
      December 29, 2013, 4:46 pm

      Hi Priya – English…

      • norah says
        April 17, 2016, 1:08 am

        Hi, I have a son who will be in year 10 next year. Are there after school activities and trips at GEMS Wellington School, or is it only academically focused?

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