Update: New Schools, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, 2014-2015

Update: New Schools, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, 2014-2015
By David Westley
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As the UAE's population continues to grow, and expatriates around the world come to the region, so education has come increasingly under the microscope as one service that needs to be in place to support growth. In this roundup we detail schools that have either just opened or are on their way. Note: We will continue to add new school profiles to this page as details become available.
 

Kings’ School Al Barsha

Curriculum: National Curriculum of England
Opening: September 2014
Location: Al Barsha South, Dubai
Fee level: 52,000 to 82,600 AED.
Initial age groups: FS1 to Year 9 (growing to Year 13 by 2016)
Capacity: 1760 students (starting with 868 in September 2014)

Background
Kings’ School Al Barsha will open in September 2014. Secondary students who have been temporarily housed at Kings’ School in Umm Suqeim 3 will move to their new premises at Al Barsha and will be joined by Early Years and Primary children, meaning all years from Foundation Stage 1 up to and including Year 9 will be catered for.

Fees range from 52,000 AED for FS1 rising to 82,600 AED for Year 9. The school will offer Year 13 places as soon as 2016. At this point fees will have broken the 100,000 AED mark to weigh in at 100,300 AED for Year 12, and 103,200 AED for Year 13.

The school is currently accepting places for FS 1 (5 classes), FS 2 (4 classes), Year 1 (4 classes), Year 2 (4 classes), Year 3 (2 classes), Year 4 (2 classes), Year 5 (2 classes), Year 6 (2 classes), Year 7 (4 classes), Year 8 (4 classes), Year 9 (4 classes).

Each class will have 24 children apart from FS1 which will have 20 per class.

Kings’ school is the only school in Dubai to have been rated Outstanding since inspections began and the school will no doubt be hoping it can transfer some of its undoubted operational excellence to its new location. Kings' claims to offer "the very best of British education", but adds its curriculum is also "relevant to young people living and growing in Dubai".

Readiness
According to Kings', building work and approvals processes are on track.

 

Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba

Curriculum: National Curriculum of England
Opening: September 2014
Location: Nad Al Sheba, Dubai
Fee level: 52,000 to 82,600 AED.
Initial age groups: FS1 to Year 6 (expanding to include Secondary by 2016)
Capacity: 1760 students (starting with 580 in September 2014)

Background
Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba will open in September 2014. Phase 1 will see the opening of the Early Years and Primary school, offering Foundation Stage One up to and including Year 6. The Secondary school is to planned open on site in 2016.

Like the new Al Barsh brance, Kings' will undoubtedly be hoping to take some of the culture that has resulted in six Outstanding ratings in a row for its Umm Suqeim location and transfer it to the new location. Fees range from 50,200 AED at FS1 and rise to 63,700 AED for Year 6.

The school is presently recruiting pupils for FS 1 (5 classes), FS 2 (4 classes), Year 1 (4 classes), Year 2 (4 classes), Year 3 (2 classes), Year 4 (2 classes), Year 5 (2 classes), Year 6 (2 classes).

Each class will have 24 children apart from FS1 which will have 20 per class.

Readiness
According to Kings' building work and approvals processes are on track.

 

Capital School 

Fees: 30,000 AED to 49,600 (FS1 to Year 7), Initial discounted rate 26,000 - 37,000 AED (FS1 to Yr 6)
Other fees: 500 AED non-refundable registration fee. The cost of bus transport to and from the school will be charged separately at the cost of AED 7,000 per annum for transport one way and AED 11,000 per annum if transport is required to and from the school. Price will depend on number of journeys and distance from the school.
Location: Baghdad Street, Al Qusais, Dubai
Tel: +971-4-2988-776
Email: info@capitalschooluae.com

Background
You can't keep a good school principal down. William Johnston, the former head of the primary school of the English College (rated Good by the KHDA, and very liked by parents), which unexpectedly announced its closure earlier this year, is taking up the reins of the Capital school, to be located in Al Qusais in Dubai, when it opens its doors in September 2014.

The school will open as a full Primary School and Foundation Stage in September 2014 and than in successive years the school will into expand into Secondary School operations.

The Capital School is to be based on the English National Curriculum, "but with a strong programme of Arabic and English language to ensure that all students have good communication skills".

The school is expecting a very international student demographic and will have in place a programme of English language support "that will give all our students both the confidence and skill to be able to access the English National Curriculum successfully".

The school will also offer "excellent facilities" in sport, technology and learning support. Primary and Foundation Stage schooling will be housed in its own purpose-built facility with large classrooms, access to an outdoor play area and sports facilities as well as multi-purpose gymnasium, sports hall as well as two outdoor swimming pools.

The secondary school will offer specialist facilities for technology, art, and science.

The school is in an established location and almost certainly ready for opening. However, it is still recruiting for teachers.

The school will be inclusive, i.e. non-selective, and co-educational.

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