Updated 17 October 2021

Best British Schools in Dubai, 2021

Which schools head the ranking of the Best British Schools in Dubai?

The Best British Schools in Dubai ranks all schools in our database that meet these criteria:

Location: Dubai
Price point: All
Phase: All
Curricula Group: British

The ranking lists schools in order of their Parent Score, that is how well the score meets the expectations of this key stakeholder group represented numerically. We discuss why below. Schools not on this list, that you think should be and are missing, are likely to be as yet unrated. To be rated, a school simply needs a sufficient number of parent surveys to be undertaken. If you are a parent at one of these schools, please take the survey!

WhichSchoolAdvisor.com currently has 624 schools in its database. These are all independent, private, international schools offering a total of 52 curricula. All schools, we believe, aspire to offer the highest levels of care and performance for their students. Not all, however, are equally successful at doing so.

In this ranking, the Best British Schools in Dubai, we, currently, have 67 schools competing for top spot. The total number of possible schools that could be on this list if all schools had a sufficient number of parent surveys, and all these schools had a rating of above 3.0, is 93.

Again, if your child currently attends a school in UAE, then please do review it, by taking the survey here. Your input will help 1000s of parents that follow you!

How we compile this list

When a parent completes a survey, his or her feedback is incorporated into the database and the ranking updated each Sunday. Tune in on Sunday 24th of October just after midnight to see the changes to the Best British Schools in Dubai next week!

The WSA Parent Rating is based on the following questions in the survey:

  • Would you recommend your school to another parent?
  • How much of a sense of belonging does your child feel at his or her school?
  • To what extent do you think that children enjoy going to your child’s school?
  • How much do you agree to the statement: I think the fees I pay represent good value for money given the quality of the school offering.
  • Have you thought about moving your child from his current school?
  • Rate your satisfaction with the level of academic performance at your child’s school
  • How confident are you in your ability to make sure your child’s school meets your child’s learning needs?
  • Rate your satisfaction with the level of feedback you receive from your child’s school
  • How concerned are you about bullying at this school?
  • How much has this school improved your child’s confidence?

The WSA algorithm

We do not disclose the weighting we use, but in order to give schools, and parents, the power to impact their score, we skew results to those most recently received. A school looking to turnaround a score can therefore make improvements, and then ask its parents to retake the survey.

If parents appreciate the changes made, it will make a difference to a school’s position on the Best British Schools in Dubai list quite quickly.

Moreover, if a school has yet to send out a survey to its parents, then we would urge it to do so as soon as possible. The probability is it will make a significant difference to its score. Schools that asks their parents to take the survey, do better. Parents that are motivated to take a survey independently are often driven by high passions, which may not always be positive!

Why we do a Best School rating?

In choosing schools, parents have always used word of mouth, and the Parent survey captures this quantitatively.

Looking at the ‘Best British Schools in Dubai’ should only be one way you short list schools, however. It is a fun and informative way to order schools, and by being based on Parent Rating, is a way to get a good overview quickly.

Why use the Parent Rating for Best British Schools in Dubai?

In addition to capturing word of mouth recommendations numerically, we use the Parent Rating for the Best British Schools in Dubai, because unlike other measures it is not country, or even area specific as government regulations can be. The parent rating cuts across both curricula, and territory, to be a measure that we can apply equally anywhere and everywhere. Parents all want the best for their child, and will be equally critical, in whatever state they are in, for whatever curricula school their child attends.

Using a rank in this way also means that each school is measured quite independently through the lens of its own parent body. In order to do well, a school ‘simply’ has to understand and then meet the expectations of its parents.

Issues with ranking this way

This way of ranking is both a weakness and a strength. It is a strength because not only can it be universally applied, but it is a true way to measure a school based on the stakeholders that matter the most, its parents.

It is a weakness in the sense that the top school on the list, will not necessarily be the best school for you and your child. It is also NOT a comment on specifics: price point, curricula, location, but an holistic view of schools that fall within a set of criteria.

Expectations will also clearly be different between the parents of different schools. For example, a parent paying premium fees would have very different expectations when it comes to the scope of facilities offered than a parent paying fees associated with the value segment. A high score for a school is not about meeting a universal set of criteria, but about it delivering on its unique promise to its unique parent body.

One size in this context does not fit all and for this reason amongst others WhichSchoolAdvisor.com always encourages parents to look beyond simple rankings and ratings, and determine the best school for your child.

WhichSchoolAdvisor.com has undertaken multiple Best ofs, allowing us to be quite specific and therefore do some of the homework for you in your shortlisting. We do have Best ofs for curricula and for some price points for example.

To go further in your analysis of the Best School for you, then you need to look at additional resources.

In the UAE, some (but not all) parents are blessed with additional resources they can use when evaluating schools. Dubai parents have access to KHDA reports, Abu Dhabi parents have access to ADEK reports, while Sharjah parents will, eventually, have access to SPEA reports. That still leaves three other emirates without government ratings. What’s more, these reports have their own criteria and their own rating grades and scales, and are not compatible enough to compare across the country in the Best of Rankings we use here. We should also note, that all government ratings, are used to drive an agenda and the UAE is no different in this regard. We note the weighting for Arabic and Islamic and Social studies in this regard, which may be of interest to some parents, but will not be to all.

Best British Schools in Dubai

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SCHOOL
PARENT
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RATING
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Dubai English Speaking College
4.7
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Dubai English Speaking College is the sister institution to Dubai English Speaking School (DESS), the oldest UK-curriculum school in Dubai, established in 1963. The College opened in 2005 to provide a through-school arrangement for secondary education for families at DESS. In between times, DESC has grown to admit students from a range of other schools around Dubai. Both DESS and DESC are among the few ‘not for profit’ schools in Dubai.
Address: Academic City Rd, Dubai UAE
Curricula: A Level, GCSE, BTEC, AS Level
Founded: 2005
Principal: Mr Andrew Gibbs
Average fees: AED 71,500
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Kent College Dubai
4.7
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One of the most read reviews on our sister site, SchoolsCompared.com, and now something of an evergreen read here at WhichSchoolAdvisor.com, Kent College Dubai is steadily establishing itself as a school to watch.
Address: Al Abjar Street, Exit 15, Nad Al Sheba 2, Meydan South Dubai
Curricula: A Level, EYFS, GCSE, UK National Curriculum, BTEC, IB DP
Founded: 2016
Principal: Anthony Cashin
Average fees: AED 77,500
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The Arbor School
4.7
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The Arbor School opened in Al Furjan in September 2018. Now in its second year of operation, the British Curriculum School has a particular focus on ecological awareness, responsibility and sustainability.
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, BTEC, AS Level, EYFS, A Level, GCSE, IPC
Founded: 2018
Principal: Brett Girven
Average fees: AED 57,000
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Hartland International School
4.6
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Located in close to Nad Al Sheba at the still under development Sheikh Mohammed bin Maktoum City, Hartland International School was developed by Sobha Developments to provide a premium UK curriculum school for residents but now attracts families from around the city.
Address: Hartland International School Sobha Hartland, Nad Al Sheba, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, IGCSE, International A Level
Founded: 2015
Principal: Fiona Cottam
Average fees: AED 61,500
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Dubai English Speaking School
4.5
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Dubai English Speaking School (DESS), a Primary School, is one of the few UK curriculum schools located in the traditional heart of the city in Oud Metha, near St Mary's Church. It is one of the oldest - if not the oldest - schools in the city, having celebrated 55 years in 2018. Its sister Secondary school, Dubai English Speaking College, is located further inland on a separate campus that opened in 2005.
Address: PO Box 2002, Dubai, UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum
Founded: 1963
Principal: Mrs Catherine Dando
Average fees: AED 43,000
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Brighton College Dubai
4.5
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Brighton College made its Dubai debut in September 2018, as part of a super campus with the Dwight School of New York. The school offers a UK curriculum based syllabus, while Dwight provides its IB counterpart. The two premium schools share a host of equally premium facilities.
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, GCSE, A Level, AS Level, EYFS, IGCSE, IPC
Founded: 2018
Principal: Simon Crane
Average fees: AED 69,500
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Smart Vision School
4.5
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Smart Vision School is a Primary-only school in Al Barsha 2 that follows the UK National curriculum framework and the UAE Ministry of Education requirements for teaching Arabic and Islamic Studies.
Address: PO Box 112243, Dubai UAE
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS
Founded: 2015
Principal: Rachael Wilding
Average fees: AED 43,000
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GEMS FirstPoint School
4.5
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GEMS FirstPoint School is a UK curriculum school located on the outskirts of Dubai, just off the Al Ain and Emirates Roads, close to several large newer communities. It has a particular focus on providing more technical options to students, with a practical approach to learning.
Curricula: A Level, EYFS, GCSE, UK National Curriculum, BTEC, AS Level
Founded: 2014
Principal: Matthew Tompkins
Average fees: AED 54,500
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South View School
4.4
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Owned by Interstar Education, the organisation behind well regarded Victory Heights Primary School and Delhi Private Schools, South View School certainly has the backers to make its mark in Dubai.
Address: Al Thammam, Dubai
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, A Level, AS Level, IGCSE
Founded: 2018
Principal: Mr David Flint
Average fees: AED 47,500
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Horizon English School Dubai
4.4
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Horizon English School (HES) is a long-established UK curriculum Primary-only school located in the heart of Jumeirah/Al Safa. After having been rated Very Good for three years, HES finally reclaimed the KHDA Outstanding rating in 2018-19 which it had held previously.
Address: PO Box 6749, Dubai UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum
Founded: 1989
Principal: Mr Ian Wallace
Average fees: AED 52,500
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Dove Green Private School
4.4
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Dove Green Private School, located at Dubai Investments Park, provides a UK curriculum education to a small community of approximately 400 students.
Address: Green Community Dubai Investments Park Dubai, UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum
Founded: 2014
Principal: Patrick Affley
Average fees: AED 47,500
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Victory Heights Primary School
4.4
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Victory Heights Primary School, having opened in 2013, is making very rapid progress embedding FS and Key Stage 1-2 provision to a very high standard. After a slow start in terms of its inspection rating, the hard work and commitment to education is clearly paying off with the school having been rated Good in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 KHDA rounds, and achieving Very Good in 2017-18 - a rating it retained for 2018-19..
Address: PO Box 454959 Dubai, UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum, Blended Early Years
Founded: 2013
Principal: Sasha Crabb
Average fees: AED 44,500
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Kings' School Dubai
4.3
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Kings’ School Dubai, known as Kings’ Dubai, was the first of the Kings Education group of schools to open in Dubai, opening as a Primary only school. The launch of its all-through sister school, Kings Al Barsha, was an almost inevitable follow on to the success of the original school, and the demand for a Secondary school to which access would be automatic. A third school, Kings Nad Al Sheba, located close to Dubai Silicon Oasis, will open its Secondary section in August 2021.
Address: PO Box 38199, Dubai UAE
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS
Founded: 2004
Principal: Mr Bede Higgins
Average fees: AED 55,000
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GEMS Royal Dubai School
4.3
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A mixed gender GEMS owned Foundation Stage to Year 6 school following the English National Curriculum, GEMS Royal Dubai School takes children from 3 to 11 years of age and, as of May 2016, is Mirdiff's first and currently only KHDA Outstanding-rated school.
Address: PO Box: 121310, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum
Founded: 2005
Principal: Mr John Bagust
Average fees: AED 47,000
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Jumeirah English Speaking School Arabian Ranches
4.3
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JESS Arabian Ranches (Jumeirah English Speaking School Arabian Ranches) is a not for profit co-educational all-through school located in Arabian Ranches, Dubai.
Address: PO Box 24942, Dubai UAE
Curricula: GCSE, IB, IB DP, UK National Curriculum, BTEC
Founded: 2005
Principal: Mr Shane O'Brien
Average fees: AED 65,500
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Safa Community School
4.3
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Safa Community School opened on its site near Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road (opposite Motor City) in September 2014 and has grown rapidly to offer from FS to Year 13 in the current academic year. In its third KHDA inspection, SCS achieved a Very Good rating for the second year in a row.
Address: PO Box 71091, Dubai UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum, IGCSE, A Level, BTEC, AS Level
Founded: 2014
Principal: Stephen Duckitt
Average fees: AED 63,000
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Safa British School
4.3
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Safa British School is a well-established school which opened in 2004. It is a sister school to the KHDA "Very Good"-rated Safa Community School which opened in 2014. In a new development, SBS relocated to a brand new campus in Jumeirah and expanded to Secondary for the 2020-21 academic year. Safa British School has just been awarded a Very Good rating by the KHDA, great timing for all the exciting new developments!
Address: Al Safa 1, Dubai
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum, GCSE, IGCSE, International A Level
Founded: 2004
Principal: Ms Zara Harrington
Average fees: AED 43,500
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Regent International School
4.3
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Regent International School is a long established private school, which having originally offered both Primary and Secondary secondary phases, became Primary only and is now in the process of returning to its original "all through" school roots.
Address: PO Box 24857, Dubai UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum, GCSE, IGCSE, A Level, BTEC
Founded: 1993
Principal: Jason King
Average fees: AED 52,000
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Dubai British School Jumeirah Park
4.3
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Dubai British School Jumeirah Park is located at the heart of this newer community, close to Jumeirah Lake Towers and the Jumeirah Park/Jumeirah Islands areas. Currently, there are approximately 1,270 children at DBS JP with a total capacity of the school of over 1,600.
Address: Al Warood St 1, Jumeirah Park, Dubai UAE
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, GCSE, IGCSE, A Level, BTEC
Founded: 2015
Principal: Mr Brendon Fulton
Average fees: AED 68,000
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The English College Dubai
4.3
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The English College Dubai is a private FS to Year 13 school located in Umm Suqeim, Dubai. The original Secondary school was established in 1992 and has been consistently rated Good since inspections began. Its neighbouring Manor Primary school - now renamed and under the same ownership - was integrated into the College in January 2019.
Address: PO Box 11812, Dubai UAE
Curricula: A Level, GCSE, UK National Curriculum, BTEC, AS Level, EYFS
Founded: 1992
Principal: Mark Ford
Average fees: AED 49,000
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The Aquila School
4.2
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The Aquila School opened in September 2018.  Located in the new neighbourhood of Wadi Al Safa, an  area of Dubailand that runs between the Al Ain road and The Centro/Villa communities, the school is surrounded by numerous high rise, apartment complexes. Once construction is complete Aquila will be a school right in the heart of a densely populated community. 
Address: Wadi Al Safa 5, Dubailand, Dubai
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, IB, BTEC, EYFS, ASDAN, GCSE
Founded: 2018
Principal: Mr Wayne Howsen
Average fees: AED 39,500
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Sunmarke School
4.2
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Sunmarke School is the most recent school to join Fortes Education, the owners of Regent International School (RIS) in the Greens. Five years after its opening, initially in large part as a Secondary school due to the transfer of RIS Secondary students, it is now a fully-fledged all-through school offering the English National Curriculum, including A Levels, and the IB Diploma and Career-related programmes,
Address: PO Box 24857, Dubai UAE
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, GCSE, A Level, BTEC, AS Level, EYFS, IB DP, IGCSE, IB CP
Founded: 2016
Principal: Dr Neil Hopkin
Average fees: AED 62,000
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Horizon International School
4.2
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Horizon International School (HIS) is located in Umm Al Sheif off Al Wasl Road, within close proximity of the iconic Burj Al Arab. HIS is an 'all-through' school offering the British curriculum for children aged 3 to 18.
Address: Street 9A, Off Al Wasl Road, Dubai. PO BOX 126108
Curricula: A Level, EYFS, GCSE, UK National Curriculum, AS Level, IGCSE
Founded: 2008
Principal: Darren Gale
Average fees: AED 51,000
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Repton School Dubai
4.2
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Set up to create a school that mirrored the more traditional UK public (meaning private) school (including a boarding option), there is no mistaking Repton Dubai. Located just off the main Dubai-Sharjah highway, the school with its turrets and cloisters resembles a popular fictional school. Having now secured an Outstanding rating from the KHDA for the fifth year, Repton has confirmed that excellence is truly embedded in a school that always set its targets high.
Address: PO Box 300331, Dubai, UAE
Curricula: IB, IB DP, UK National Curriculum, IGCSE, A Level
Founded: 2007
Principal: David Cook
Average fees: AED 73,000
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Kings' School Nad Al Sheba
4.2
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Kings' School Nad Al Sheba has come some way since its opening in September 2014.  The original building now houses only the Foundation section and has been joined by a second building, in identical style, which houses the Primary section. The secondary section will open in the 2021-22 academic year. 
Address: PO Box 38199, Dubai UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum, GCSE, IGCSE, A Level, AS Level, Cambridge Secondary
Founded: 2014
Principal: Kerry Dalton
Average fees: AED 56,000
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Springdales School
4.2
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Springdales School Dubai is a sister school (though independently managed) to its home campus in Delhi. Springdales School India is ranked among the top 10 outstanding schools in its home country. It was established in 1955 by the veteran British Educationalist, Dr. Rajni Kumar. After achieving a Good rating in its first DSIB inspection in 2015-16, there was some inevitable dismay at a down grade to Acceptable the following year. In the past three years, the school was again rated Good.
Address: PO Box 115930
Curricula: CBSE, EYFS, IGCSE
Founded: 2013
Principal: Dr Brian Gray
Average fees: AED 25,000
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Cambridge International School Dubai
4.2
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With just over 2,720 students, Cambridge International School Dubai, located in Garhoud, is a well established GEMS school teaching children from FS1 to Year 13.
Address: CIS Dubai, Damascus Street, PO Box 60835, Dubai, UAE
Curricula: A Level, UK National Curriculum, EYFS, IGCSE, BTEC, AS Level, ASDAN
Founded: 1983
Principal: Lachlan MacKinnon
Average fees: AED 23,000
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Repton School Al Barsha (formerly Foremarke School)
4.1
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Repton School Al Barsha (formerly Foremarke School Dubai) is the partner school of Repton’s Preparatory School in the United Kingdom. Repton is a very well-respected British public school that succeeds both academically and in terms of developing the ‘whole child’. Clearly Repton School Al Barsha has the same aims.
Address: PO Box 391984, Dubai UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum, IGCSE, A Level, AS Level, GCSE
Founded: 2013
Principal: Ms Zoe Woolley
Average fees: AED 73,500
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GEMS Wellington Academy, Dubai Silicon Oasis
4.1
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GEMS Wellington Academy, Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) received its seventh KHDA report in 2019, and was rated Very Good for the fourth year in a row. Whilst the initial step up to Very Good came early in the school's career - on its fourth inspection - moving up to the highest KHDA rating of Outstanding is proving a little more difficult. None-the-less, many aspects of Wellington Academy DSO are highly rated by both the regulator and parents alike.
Address: PO Box 49746, Dubai UAE
Curricula: GCSE, IB, IB DP, BTEC, UK National Curriculum, EYFS, A Level, IB CP, IGCSE, AS Level
Founded: 2011
Principal: Sarah O'Regan
Average fees: AED 60,000
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GEMS Wellington International School, Dubai
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GEMS Wellington International School (WIS), is a mixed-gender UK curriculum school offering the IB Diploma programme in Sixth Form. It is operated by GEMS Education and has been ranked Outstanding for eleven of the past twelve years since inspections began, one of a select few to have achieved that level of consistency.
Curricula: GCSE, IGCSE, BTEC, UK National Curriculum, IB DP, EYFS, IB CP
Founded: 2005
Principal: Ms Maryssa O'Connor
Average fees: AED 68,000
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Al Sadiq Islamic English School
4.0
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Al Sadiq Islamic English School is a K-12 private school for girls and boys located in Al Qusais in Dubai.
Address: PO Box 16196, Dubai UAE
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, IGCSE
Founded: 1989
Principal: Ms Sadia Wajid
Average fees: AED 5,600
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Raffles International School
4.0
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Innoventures-managed Raffles International School is located in Umm Suqeim and currently has 1,100 boys and girls on its roll, aged between four and eighteen years.
Address: PO Box 122900, Dubai UAE
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, IGCSE, A Level, AS Level, BTEC, DELF
Founded: 2007
Principal: Tim Richardson
Average fees: AED 55,500
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Ambassador International Academy
4.0
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Ambassdor International Academy is a relatively new, first of its kind, UK/IB combined curriculum school, opened in the Al Khail Gate development (close to the Al Khail Road and at the rear of Al Qouz Industrial area) in September 2019.
Address: PO Box 126924, plot 3653942, Al Khail, Dubai UAE
Curricula: IB, UK National Curriculum, EYFS, IB DP, IB PYP, IGCSE, A Level, IB MYP, IB CP
Founded: 2019
Principal: James Lynch
Average fees: AED 35,000
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Dubai College
4.0
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Established in 1978, Dubai College is one of the oldest UK curriculum schools in the city and one of the few Secondary only schools. It is also one of a limited number of not for profit schools - although this does not mean that the fees are lower than the for-profit schools. DC's reputation is built on its renown as the most academic of schools.
Address: PO Box 837, Dubai UAE
Curricula: A Level, GCSE, UK National Curriculum, IGCSE
Founded: 1978
Principal: Michael Lambert
Average fees: AED 86,000
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Jebel Ali School
4.0
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Jebel Ali School is one of a select number of WSA's Good Schools. The school relocated from its original site, where it had been located for over 35 years, to a new purpose-built school at the Akoya development on the Emirates Road in September 2016.
Address: PO Box 17111, Dubai UAE
Curricula: EYFS, GCSE, A Level, AS Level, UK National Curriculum
Founded: 1977
Principal: Mrs Lizzie Robinson
Average fees: AED 59,000
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Arcadia School
4.0
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Arcadia School started life as a primary school opening in August 2016. Located in the Jumeirah Village Triangle area of Dubai, the school offers an enriched National Curriculum for England. From September 2020 the school launched a secondary section, located just across the square from the original primary section.
Address: Orchid Street
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, A Level, BTEC, GCSE
Founded: 2016
Principal: Giles Pruett
Average fees: AED 59,500
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Dubai British School Emirates Hills
3.9
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Dubai British School (DBS) is a member of the Taaleem Group of schools and was one of the first UK curriculum schools to open in the Emirates Hills area, providing an English National Curriculum education to families living in the Meadows, Springs, Lakes and wider new Dubai area.
Address: PO Box 37828, Dubai UAE
Curricula: A Level, GCSE, UK National Curriculum, BTEC
Founded: 2005
Principal: Simon Jodrell
Average fees: AED 60,000
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Deira Private School
3.9
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Deira Private School is a Primary school only, located in Al Twar 3, Dubai. The school follows a British curriculum for children, following the Cambridge International Primary Programme.
Address: PO Box 231959, Dubai UAE
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, UAE MoE
Founded: 2009
Principal: Mr Neil Morris
Average fees: AED 26,000
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Capital School
3.9
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Capital School, located in the Al Qusais School District, is an independent UK curriculum school which has been operating for just over seven years. Currently open to year 9, the school has applied for approval to offer Years 10 and 11 from September 2021.
Address: 44 Baghdad Road, Al Qusais, Dubai
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, IGCSE, A Level
Founded: 2014
Principal: Mr Daniel Sutton
Average fees: AED 48,500
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Jumeirah English Speaking School
3.9
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Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) is a not for profit co-educational primary school located in Al Safa, Dubai. The school is very well established, having opened its doors for the first time in 1975. Currently the school caters to just over 700 students from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities (although the single largest group is British).
Address: PO Box 24942. Dubai, UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum
Founded: 1975
Principal: Mr Shane O'Brien
Average fees: AED 48,000
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GEMS Jumeirah Primary School
3.8
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GEMS Jumeirah Primary School is a co-educational primary school (ages 3 to 11, FS1 to Year 6) which is located in Al Safa, Dubai.  The School was first established in 1996 and is part of the GEMS Education group. It has been rated Outstanding by the KHDA for nine years in a row.
Address: Al Safa 1, Dubai UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum
Founded: 1996
Principal: Mrs Rachel Higgins
Average fees: AED 50,000
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English Language Private School
3.7
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English Language Private School, previously known as English Medium School Dubai, is a private K-12 school located in Oud Metha, Dubai.
Address: PO Box 6680, Dubai UAE
Curricula: A Level, GCSE
Founded: 1978
Principal: Mazhar Qayyum
Average fees: AED 7,500
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GEMS Founders Mizhar School
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Having opened in September 2018, following the lead of the original GEMS Founders School in Al Barsha, GEMS Founders Mizhar School intends to offer parents a highly affordable and quality UK education.
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, IGCSE, EYFS, AS Level, International A Level
Founded: 2018
Principal: Mr Akram Tarik
Average fees: AED 28,500
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Pristine Private School
3.7
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Pristine Private School is widely regarded as one of the best value UK curriculum-based schools in Dubai. Historically, a lack of transparency when it comes to published results from external examinations had made measuring its performance against its peers somewhat difficult. Recent updates to this information have addressed this issue to some degree.
Address: PO Box 60830, Dubai UAE
Curricula: A Level, GCSE, IGCSE, AS Level, International A Level, UK National Curriculum, EYFS, BTEC, Blended Early Years, Cambridge Secondary
Founded: 1992
Principal: Shagufa Kidwai
Average fees: AED 13,500
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Ranches Primary School
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Ranches Primary School is a Primary-only school with a separate nursery located on the same site that opened in 2015 to serve then new Arabian Ranches 2 Community.
Address: Ranches Primary School, Arabian Ranches 2, Dubai UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum
Founded: 2015
Principal: Julian Pederick
Average fees: AED 52,500
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Star International School Al Twar
3.6
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Al Twar located Star International School is one of now three schools bearing the Star name - one other is located in Mirdif - whilst the latest in Al Qusais is the Secondary campus for the Al Twar school.
Address: PO Box 51008, Dubai UAE
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, Cambridge Primary
Founded: 2005
Principal: Durriya Goriawala
Average fees: AED 33,500
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GEMS Founders School Al Barsha
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Originally to be part of the GEMS Winchester brand, the decision to create a completely new brand has certainly worked for the GEMS Founders school - if a measure of a new school's success is the number of students joining it. On this measure alone, Founders has been without doubt one of the most successful schools to have opened in Dubai, reaching 5,500 students from over 100 countries in its fifth year of operation.
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, IGCSE, A Level, AS Level, EYFS, GCSE, UAE MoE, Specialist SEN, BTEC, International A Level, Bespoke Curriculum, ASDAN
Founded: 2016
Principal: Matthew Burfield
Average fees: AED 29,000
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Deira International School
3.6
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Deira International School is located in the new part of old Dubai - Festival City, and is currently home to 1,600 students from a mixed range of nationalities (over 80 in total), although the predominant ethnicity is Arab. The school is owned and managed by the not-for-profit Al Futtaim Foundation, part of the Al Futtaim Group, developers of Dubai Festival City.
Address: On Al Badia Blvd, near the Orient Insurance Building
Curricula: GCSE, IB, UK National Curriculum, IB DP, IGCSE, IB CP, EYFS, BTEC, IBDP Courses
Founded: 2005
Principal: Mr Simon O'Connor
Average fees: AED 58,000
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St. Mary's Catholic High School
3.5
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Anyone who has been in the UAE for some time will know of someone who has been educated at St. Mary's. Practically an institution, St Mary's, based in Oud Metha in Dubai, is home to just over 1,900 students, girls and boys, aged from 5 to 19. Unusually, the school does not offer a KG/Foundation stage, with children joining the school from a range of nurseries within the local area directly into Year 1 (the year in which they turn 6 years of age).
Address: PO Box 52232, Dubai UAE
Curricula: A Level, GCSE, UK National Curriculum, IGCSE, AS Level, International A Level
Founded: 1968
Principal: Mr Paul Asir Joseph
Average fees: AED 11,000
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St. Mary Catholic High School Dubai-Al Muhaisnah
3.5
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St. Mary's Catholic High School Muhaisnah opened in September 2015 and is the second branch of St. Mary's Catholic School in Dubai and part of St. Mary’s Group of Schools which operates schools in Abu Dhabi, Fujairah, and Sharjah.
Address: 22nd Street. Community 245
Curricula: EYFS, GCSE, A Level
Founded: 2015
Principal: Mr Jaime Roth
Average fees: AED 14,000
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Nord Anglia International School Dubai
3.5
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The second Nord Anglia Education school in the UAE opened in Dubai in September 2014, following the British International School of Abu Dhabi (BISAD), which has been established for a number of years in the capital.
Address: PO Box 502325, Dubai UAE
Curricula: EYFS, GCSE, IB DP, UK National Curriculum, IGCSE, A Level
Founded: 2014
Principal: Matthew Farthing
Average fees: AED 81,500
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Dubai Scholars Private School
3.5
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Dubai Scholars Private School is a private UK curriculum FS1- year 13 school located in Al Ghusais, Dubai, educating children from 3 to 18 years of age. It has consistently been rated Good by the KHDA over the past ten years.
Address: PO Box 2819. Dubai, UAE
Curricula: A Level, GCSE, UK National Curriculum, IGCSE, International A Level
Founded: 1973
Principal: Frank Scarcelli
Average fees: AED 19,000
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GEMS Metropole
3.5
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GEMS Metropole School has without question been one of the most successful school launches over the last few years, in terms, at least, of student numbers. With just over 2,500 students, it is evidently pleasing parents and students. After a slow start, when it seemed that the school had not quite hit the mark in terms of school performance, improvements are clearly in focus. Support of students of determination is a particular strength of the school.
Address: Honsho Road, Uptown Motor City, Dubai UAE
Curricula: A Level, EYFS, GCSE, UK National Curriculum, AS Level, IGCSE
Founded: 2014
Principal: Mr Naveed Iqbal
Average fees: AED 41,500
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GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail
3.4
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GEMS Wellington Academy – Al Khail is a UK curriculum, GEMS Education 'Premium Plus' school (which means top of the range for facilities and fees), located together with GEMS International School and GEMS New Millenium School on a large site at the edge of the Dubai Hills development and close to Mohammed bin Rashid City.
Address: PO Box 391922, Dubai UAE
Curricula: EYFS, GCSE, IGCSE, A Level, AS Level, UK National Curriculum, International A Level, BTEC
Founded: 2013
Principal: Campbell Douglas
Average fees: AED 67,000
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Grammar School Dubai
3.4
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Grammar School Dubai is part way through and improvement plan which, through sweeping changes, aims to make the school one where students and parents can access a high quality UK Curriculum at an affordable price.
Address: PO Box 11230, Dubai UAE
Curricula: A Level, UK National Curriculum, IGCSE, AS Level
Founded: 2006
Principal: Ms Nikke Alley
Average fees: AED 5,400
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Newlands School
3.4
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Newlands School is a British Curriculum school operated by well-known Beaconhouse Education which opened in Al Warqa in Autumn 2017.
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, IGCSE
Founded: 2017
Principal: Mr Matthew Edwards
Average fees: AED 25,500
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Dubai Heights Academy
3.4
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Dubai Heights Academy opened in September 2017, located in Al Barsha South, following the English National Curriculum.
Address: Al Barsha South
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS
Founded: 2017
Principal: Miss Alison Lamb
Average fees: AED 48,000
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Star International School Mirdif
3.3
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Mirdif-located Star International Private School is one of two schools owned and operated by ETA Star Education. Like its Al Twar sister, this is a relatively small school, with just under 700 girls and boys, aged three to 13 years on its register.
Address: 24B Street,Mirdif,Dubai,90848
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, IGCSE, A Level
Founded: 2008
Principal: Mr Neal Oates
Average fees: AED 35,000
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Al Salam Private School
3.2
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Al Salam Private School is a long-established and popular school, located in Al Nahda, Dubai. Until 2019, It provided a UK curriculum education for both girls and boys, from ages 3 to 18. Upon the opening of its sister school, Al Salam Community School in September 2019, the original school has reverted to Primary only.
Address: PO Box 5251, Dubai UAE
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS
Founded: 1986
Principal: Craig Dyche-Nichols
Average fees: AED 18,500
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GEMS New Millennium School
3.2
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GEMS New Millennium School is located near two other GEMS schools at the edge of the Dubai Hills development immediately off the Al Khail Road and Al Marabea Street. The school was established with the intention of providing an Indian curriculum education to families moving into the Dubai Hills and Mohammed Bin Rashid City developments. However, in reality, it serves children travelling from a wide area across Dubai.
Address: Al Khail Road Dubai UAE
Curricula: CBSE, IGCSE, EYFS
Founded: 2013
Principal: Ms Fatima Martin
Average fees: AED 26,000
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GEMS Winchester School, Dubai
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GEMS Winchester School, is an affordable UK curriculum school located in Oud Metha, Dubai which took over the premises previously occupied by a GEMS Indian curriculum school. GEMS Winchester School should not be confused with The Winchester School in Jebel Ali which is highly rated as a Very Good school.
Address: PO Box 113272, Dubai UAE
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, IGCSE, AS Level
Founded: 2011
Principal: Matt Lecuyer
Average fees: AED 17,000
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Arab Unity School
3.1
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Located in Al Mizhar, Dubai, Arab Unity School aims to offer a British based education at an affordable price. The latter it most certainly does, with fees ranging from 5717 AED per year for KG rising to 9560 AED for Year 13. That would be less than a tenth of the cost of some, more recently established private schools.
Address: PO Box 10563 Dubai UAE
Curricula: A Level, UK National Curriculum, IGCSE, EYFS, AS Level
Founded: 1975
Principal: Leonard Murphy
Average fees: AED 7,300
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Queen International School
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Hor Al Anz located Queen International School is a KG - Grade 12 school, which despite its grading structure, follows the UK curriculum, providing education in English for approximately 1,200 students, boys and girls aged four to 18 years. The majority of pupils are Arab nationals.
Address: PO Box 26169, Dubai UAE
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, IGCSE, AS Level
Founded: 1998
Principal: Ms Lesley Patricia Davies
Average fees: AED 18,000
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Oxford School
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The long-established Oxford School, located in Muhaisnah, provides a UK IGCSE and A' Level based education.
Address: PO Box 50091, Dubai UAE
Curricula: A Level, UK National Curriculum, IGCSE, AS Level, EYFS, International A Level, BTEC
Founded: 1988
Principal: Ms Deepa Vinod
Average fees: AED 13,500
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Kings' School Al Barsha
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Having opened with approx. 650 students in September 2014, Kings Al Barsha has grown to 1,950 students in its 5th year, of which approximately 700 students are in Secondary. The school expanded to the first year of Sixth Form (Year 12) in 2017-18 and now offers all year groups.
Address: PO Box 38199, Dubai UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum, GCSE, A Level, AS Level, IGCSE
Founded: 2014
Principal: Ms Rebecca Gray
Average fees: AED 74,000
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Alpha School
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Alpha School is a British Curriculum school with a focus on IT integration that opened in September 2017. The school is located in Al Qusais 3, just off Tunis Road and not far from the Etisalat Metro station. The relaxed old-style villa neighbourhood means the school is unlikely to experience any parking-woes. It has a capacity for 550 students and has attracted some 300 children in its third year of operation.
Address: Al Qusais 3, Plot no 3606, Dubai
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS
Founded: 2017
Principal: Ms Janice Butterworth
Average fees: AED 24,000
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Ghaf Private School
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Ghaf Private School is a small UK curriculum school that has taken over the KS1 site previously occupied by Jebel Ali School in the village of the same name.
Address: Al Montazah Complex, Jebel Ali Village
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, IPC, IGCSE, International A Level, Cambridge Secondary
Founded: 2020
Principal: Julian Williams
Average fees: AED 36,500
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A score below 3.0 means a school could be admired for facets of its delivery, but there will be areas with question marks. A score above 3.0 means that its parents rate a school highly across the board. Any score above 3.5 is the sign of a school truly loved and admired by its parents, who have clearly bought into its vision and leadership.

A school can move up (and onto the list if it is not here), or down (and off the list) as more feedback comes in. The algorithm is weighted to more recent responses to allow schools to make improvements and for that to reflect in the rating. It also means that if a school takes unpopular decisions, or lowers the quality of its offering, it can move off the list altogether.

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