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Grammar School Dubai

Grammar School Dubai has the rather dubious honour of being one of the most inspected schools by the KHDA. Unfortunately, that is not because it is doing things so well, but because it is subject to re-inspection reports following Unsatisfactory ratings. The last three reports however, have seen the school move into an Acceptable rating.
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Grammar School Dubai

At a glance

School Type
All Through
Year Opened
Annual Fees
AED 4,576 - 6,293
Annual Fee Average
AED 5,000
Inspection Rating
William Deacon
Curricula Taught
Main Teacher Nationality
Main Student Nationality

The Grammar School is a private K-12 school located in Al Garhoud, Dubai. The school was established in 1970, making it one of Dubai's oldest schools, and currently caters to more than 995 students with54 full time teachers. The school is comprised of a wide range of nationalities with the majority coming from Pakistani and Indian families. 

The teachers in the school are said to have "a range of academic and teaching qualifications". Approximately a third of the teachers had specific teaching qualifications suitable to their deployment. Almost half of the teachers were newly appointed for the 2013-14 academic year; and "teacher turnover remained a significant challenge at the school. " The latest report shows that teacher turnover is stabalizing with the current percent at 18. 

The school has improved. According to the KHDA, with the exception of Arabic as an additional language, attainment and progress in other key subjects is now acceptable; the quality of teaching, learning skills and assessment has improved in most year groups; the quality of the curriculum has been improved and leadership has been re-structured, was more distributive and is beginning to have a more direct impact on the standards of learning.


However, the latest report shows a decreased in attainment and progress in Maths and English, something the school will need to keep an eye to maintain their Acceptable rating. 

Among its recommendations, the KHDA notes the need for the school to further develop the consistency and accuracy in the monitoring of classroom practice to link it more closely to the quality of students’ learning outcomes; to raise progress levels in all key subjects; to develop assessment processes in lessons and the use of assessment data to inform lesson planning, teaching and modification of the curriculum to meet the needs of all students; to strengthen planning across all subject and curriculum areas; to improve the consistency and quality of non-specialist support for students with SEN in lessons throughout the school and to improve the levels of support for those students at an early stage of learning English, especially in Foundation Stage and Primary, including the development of literacy skills across the curriculum.

Students at the Grammar school follow a UK styled curriculum and are entered for International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and/or GCSE at the end of the secondary phase and GCE Advanced Studies Level (AS) examinations at the end of the post-16 phase.

Most parents and students feel that they make good progress in English, mathematics and science, according to feedback to the KHDA. In general, parents feel their children enjoyed life at school.

Fees at the Grammar School are relatively very affordable, ranging from 4,576 AED at KG and rising to 6,293 AED by Year 12.

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