Best British Schools in UAE: Rated By UK Inspectors

If you're looking for a great British school, there's lots of things to check, not least the British School Overseas (BSO) inspection reports, checked and written by school inspectors all the way from the UK. As well as academics, facilities, teaching and curriculum, these inspectors also look at the 'British-ness,' teacher demographics and how closely they resemble a school in the UK. Find out which schools have chosen to be affiliated and what their most recent ratings are here...
Best British Schools in UAE: Rated By UK Inspectors
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Fujeirah Private Academy

Fujairah Private Academy

BSO Rating: Good

BSO Summary: Overall, the school provides a good quality of education. Students continue to make good progress as they move through the school.

Location: Fujeirah, UAE

Ages: 3 to 18

Fees: Unknown

Website: Go

What they say: Overall, the quality of education provided at FPA is at least good, and sometimes excellent. The curriculum is good, as is teaching and assessment. Standards achieved by students are above the standard required for accreditation, while the suitability of the proprietor and staff is of the highest order.

How Brit is it? "A number of components give the Academy a British feel, not least the teaching staff, the curriculum and the holistic approach to education. It is a policy decision of the Board to employ staff with UK qualifications - parents are keen that teaching staff are British trained. Classroom management, displays of work, three term year and age related year groups contribute to giving a British feel to the school."

Suggested Improvements: To formulate a whole school strategic development plan to ensure all stakeholders are appropriately involved and accountable, in shaping the future direction of the school.

To explore ways of overcoming the relative physical isolation of the school, to enrich further the learning experiences of all students.

To explore ways of broadening and enriching the curriculum in Years 12 and 13.

To update policies on : Performance Management Personal, Social, Health Education Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education

See the full BSO report here: Go


Scholars International Academy Sharjah

BSO Rating: First Accreditation/Satisfactory

BSO Summary: Scholars International Academy (SIA) provides a satisfactory education for its students and is an improving institution.

Location: Mweilah Educational Zone, Sharjah

Ages: 3 to 18

Fees: AED 23,500 to AED 36,000

Website: here

What they say: Due to the lack of historic comparative data the academy recognise that they have not secured effective monitoring over time.

The academy introduced the Cambridge checkpoint examinations into year 6 and over 85% of students achieved an average score or better, with 40% achieving the highest scores. Cambridge Checkpoint results at year 9 indicate that students achieve well when compared to worldwide averages. There were no students entered for iGCSE.

Students work in class with enthusiasm and interest. They are able to work positively in pairs and groups . They are willing and able to contribute to their lessons and do so in an articulate and thoughtful way. Their behaviour is impeccable. Lessons observed confirmed that students are well focused and demonstrate an outstanding attitude towards learning.

How Brit is it? The ethos, nature and appearance of the academy are recognisably British, and mirror many aspects that would be found in the independent sector in the UK. 

The language of instruction is English. The academy is organised according to the structures used in English independent academies. Classroom management, displays of work, three term year and age-related year groups contribute to a British feel to the academy. An increasing number of teachers are UK qualified or hold qualifications recognised by the DfE in the UK.

Suggested Improvements: Prepare and implement effective policies to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children/students and ensure these policies are shared with all stakeholders.

Ensure that the senior leadership team analyse the current situation of the academy accurately and clearly identify the future developments that will move it forward in an inspirational and timely fashion.

Implement effective assessment and tracking procedures to maximise the impact on students’ learning through a greater clarity of purpose. Maximise the advantage of being part of the SIG group of academies by collaborating with senior leadership teams on key areas of policy development.

Find the Full BSO Report Here: Go 


Ras Al Khaimah Academy

2015 BSO Rating: First Accreditation/Satisfactory

2015 BSO Summary: After a period of turbulence, Ras Al Khaimah Academy (RAKA) is now providing a satisfactory education, underpinned by good pupil care. Overall, the quality of learning and teaching are satisfactory or better.

Location: Ras Al Khaimah

Age: 3 to 18

Fees: AED 18,700 to AED 35,600

Website: Go

What they say: At Key Stage 5, 46% of pupils achieved A - C grades at AS level compared to 37% in 2014. Eight of the 15 subjects studied demonstrated value-added. Only 7 pupils sat A2 examinations. From the 9 pupils following the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme, 8 achieved the diploma with an average point score of 30. The highest
score was 39 points. The average grade was 4.93, compared to a UAE average of 5.05 and a world average of 4.99. Results were in line with or above expectations in all but one subject.

How Brit is it? The ethos, nature and appearance of the school are recognisably British, and mirror what would be found in the independent sector in the UK. The school is a member of British Schools in the Middle East (BSME).

Suggested Improvements: Implement and rigorously monitor a comprehensive marking, assessment and tracking process which provides all stakeholders with information that clearly indicates attainment, progress and future targets.

Develop a shared understanding of effective teaching and learning practice to ensure that all pupils are suitably challenged.

Equip middle and senior leaders with the essential skills and knowledge required to raise standards of teaching, learning and pupil attainment.

See the full BSO inspection report here: Go



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