Updated 18 October 2020

Best Primary Schools in Dubai, 2020

The Best Primary Schools in Dubai as chosen by parents in the UAE

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

Location: Dubai
Price point: All
Phase: Primary

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 636 schools in its database. These are all independent, private, international schools offering a total of 46 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 Primary Schools in Dubai, we, currently, have 15 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 25.

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 25th of October just after midnight to see the changes to the Best Primary 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 Primary 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 Primary 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 Primary Schools in Dubai?

In addition to capturing word of mouth recommendations numerically, we use the Parent Rating for the Best Primary 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 Primary Schools in Dubai

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SCHOOL
PARENT
RATING
RATING
RISE/FALL
1
Foremarke School
4.5
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Foremarke School Dubai is the partner school of Foremarke Hall, Repton’s Preparatory School in the United Kingdom. Foremarke Hall is a very well-respected British prep school that succeeds both academically and in terms of developing the ‘whole child’. Clearly Foremarke Dubai has the same aims.
Address: PO Box 391984, Dubai UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum
Founded: 2013
Principal: Ms. Zoe Woolley
Average fees: AED 72,500
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Kings' School Nad Al Sheba
4.5
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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. A secondary section is planned for the future. There is also a large central garden where students start each day together, bringing home the family feel of the school.
Address: PO Box 38199, Dubai UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum
Founded: 2014
Principal: Kerry Dalton
Average fees: AED 56,000
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Dubai English Speaking School
4.3
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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 45,000
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GEMS Wellington Primary School, Dubai
4.2
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Just past its first decade, GEMS Wellington Primary School (WPS) is a well liked and established primary school based in the Satwa area, taking pupils from 3 to 11 years of age (FS1 to Year 6). The school is rated Very Good by the Dubai regulator, the KHDA, and Outstanding across all measures in its British Schools Overseas report.
Address: 308th Road, Dubai UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum
Founded: 2008
Principal: Sarah O'Regan
Average fees: AED 53,500
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Victory Heights Primary School
4.1
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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, Specialist SEN, Blended Early Years
Founded: 2013
Principal: Sasha Crabb
Average fees: AED 44,500
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6
Jumeirah English Speaking School
4.1
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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: Asa Firth
Average fees: AED 48,000
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Kings' School Dubai
3.8
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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, currently offers Foundation and Primary stages.
Address: PO Box 38199, Dubai UAE
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS
Founded: 2004
Principal: Bede Higgins
Average fees: AED 55,000
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GEMS Royal Dubai School
3.8
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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: Mrs. Vicky Martin
Average fees: AED 47,000
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9
GEMS Jumeirah Primary School
3.7
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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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10
Regent International School
3.7
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Regent International School is a private primary school taking students, both girls and boys, from FS1 to Year 6. From September 2020, the school will open a secondary phase, returning Regent International School to it's original "all through" school roots.
Address: PO Box 24857, Dubai UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum
Founded: 1993
Principal: Mr David Williams, Acting Principal,
Average fees: AED 51,000
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Horizon English School Dubai
3.7
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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 the past three years, HES has finally reclaimed the 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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12
Safa British School
3.6
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Safa British School is a well-established Primary-only 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 will relocate to a brand new school in Jumeirah and expand to Secondary in the 2020-21 academic year. Safa British School has just been awarded a Very Good rating by the KHDA, in time for the opening of its new campus and Secondary school - the timing could not be better!
Address: Safa British School, P.O. Box 71091 Dubai, UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum
Founded: 2004
Principal: Ms. Zara Harrington
Average fees: AED 39,500
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13
Al Salam Primary School
3.4
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Al Salam Primary 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 18,000
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Primus Private School
3.3
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Primus Private School, located on the Dubai- Sharjah border area in Al Waaq'a, was previously known as Rajagiri International School. The school has undergone a brand transformation, whilst maintaining its Good rating by the KHDA for the 9th year in a row.
Address: PO Box 62012, Dubai UAE
Curricula: CBSE
Founded: 2008
Principal: Arundhati Rawat
Average fees: AED 16,000
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Ranches Primary School
3.1
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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 Pedrick
Average fees: AED 52,500
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CUT
2.9
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2.9
Methodology: How we choose the Best Primary Schools in Dubai

Why this cut off point?

To make it onto the Parent Recommended Best Schools List, a school needs to score 3.0 or above on the WhichSchoolAdvisor.com Parent Rating.

The WSA Parent Rating score is drawn from multiple questions from our parent survey. More details can be found if you click Read More in the Best Schools explainer at the top of the page.

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.

Note: If the school you are interested in is not here, it is either because its score is below 3.0, or has yet to receive sufficient surveys. We have a school reviews directory that lists all UAE schools.

Note, it is possible to score 5 if a school has perfect scores from its most recent respondents. It is difficult if not impossible to please all people, all of the time however… Parents doing their due diligence when choosing a school should pay attention also to the number of parent reviews a school has received. The more it has, the less likely the score will be to change as new reviews come in.

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