20 Affordable British Schools In Dubai

Who says there's no such thing as affordable British schools in Dubai? Spurred on by so much recent discussion on rising school fees and stagnant salaries, WhichSchoolAdvisor.com has not only updated our hugely popular Affordable Schools story but added 7 more schools to the list. Find out which Dubai schools have surprisingly good ratings, feedback and results, and none of which will 'break the bank!'
20 Affordable British Schools In Dubai
By C Hoppe
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Star International School Al Twar

Star International Al Twar

Curriculum: UK
Years: Foundation to Year 9
Fees: AED 20,365 to AED 40,297
KHDA Ranking: Good
Location: Al Twar
Website: here
The Buzz:  While it might be less well-known than its sister-school not far away in Mirdif, Star Al Twar actually boasts a four year run at ‘Good’ and is almost half the price!

What the KHDA Says: Although Star's Arabic and Islamic don’t fare so well (with largely Acceptable ratings) the core Science, English, Maths subjects, and the remainder of the report, is considered solidly Good, with the Foundation awarded more than a smattering of Very Good ratings from the KHDA this year.

What the School Says:

"Our commitment is to provide a community of learners, young and old, where parents, teachers and children work as a team to enable all to develop their skills to the best of their abilities and reach their full potential."

Read the WhichSchoolAdvisor.com full school review: here 


The Winchester School

Winchester Jebel Ali

Curriculum: UK
Years: 1 to 13
Fees: AED 13,543 to AED 30,210
KHDA Ranking: Very Good
Location: Jebel Ali
Website: here
The Buzz:  As the only 'value' school so far to be rated 'Very Good' by the KHDA, the GEMS group must be more than a little proud of this impressive school!

What the KHDA Says: The Winchester School's Foundation is Outstanding in every single indicator, while provision at Post-16 is almost all Outstanding, and the Primary and Secondary remain not far behind with predominantly Very Good ratings.

The WSA Parent Survey: Most parents at the school feel Winchester has boosted their child's confidence, has moderately high expectations and confident the school meets the learning needs of their child. Read the full survey here.

What the School Says: 

"We aim to provide knowledge for life long skills so that the children are confident, independent learners who can illuminate the outside world. To achieve our aim, the school provides an invigorating and lively learning environment in which teachers and students develop and practice GEMS core values. We aim to develop within each child the desire to know, the ability to find, understand and articulate to be successful in this ever changing and diverse society."

Read the WhichSchoolAdvisor.com full school review: here


The Sheffield School

Sheffield Private School

Curriculum: UK
Years: FS1 to Year 13
Fees: AED 21,405 to AED 40,365
KHDA Rating: Good
Location: Al Nahda 
Website: here

The Buzz: Another school which has pulled itself from Acceptable to Good this year, with an impressive improvement in 18 indicators.

What the KHDA says: Sheffield still has a way to go with its Arabic and Islamic provision, however the rest of the indicators are Good throughout with health and safety considered Outstanding.

What our parent survey says: Parents at Sheffield remain moderately satisfied with almost everything at the school, from improvement in their child's confidence, to the discipline policy and the school's expectations of their child.

What the School says:

"The children of our school are not only wonderful but also special; they are the life and soul of our school. Students are enthusiastic, charismatic and charming young people with an appetite for learning and thirst for knowledge. Whilst delivering the British Curriculum to 3 to 18-year-olds, our school focuses on having exceptionally high expectations, encouraging a positive attitude towards learning and supporting the development of metacognition. We are continuously improving the infrastructure and facilities on school site.

We are proud to say that our school is equipped with qualified and experienced faculty members. We encourage an ethos of creative planning and strive to provide our children with rich opportunities for exploration, investigation and cross curricular learning. Critical thinking and student led learning has made our students exceptionally confident. Continually, we aim to provide an inclusive and enabling environment, which empowers all children to excel."

Read the WhichSchoolAdvisor.com full review: here


Deira Private School

Deira Private School

Curriculum: UK
Years: FS2 to Year 6
Fees: AED 20,713 to AED 32,372
KHDA Rating: Acceptable
Location: Al Twar
Website: here

The Buzz: Although this school is rated Acceptable, its Foundation provision is considered Good to Very Good by the KHDA.

What the KHDA says: "Students' attainment in the primary phase is acceptable in all subjects. The picture is more positive in the FS where attainment and progress are good in English, mathematics and science. Progress is acceptable in Arabic as a first language, and good in all other subjects in primary. Students’ learning skills are good in both phases.

The quality of teaching is good. Interactions between teachers and students are respectful and warm. The majority of teachers plan purposeful lessons that recognise the individual needs of most students Teachers know their students’ strengths and areas for improvement well and the feedback given to students, both written and orally, is mostly of a constructive nature.

The curriculum has a clear rationale. Its content and activities are interesting and age-appropriate. Students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) have educational learning plans that provide guidance for effective curriculum modifications."

What our parent survey says: Not Applicable

What the School says: 

"It is our vision to be an outstanding international school committed to the culture of excellence, imparting the tenets of the British National Curriculum to our Foundation stage and Primary School students to prepare them for life.
It is our vision to develop each child’s intelligence quotient and emotional quotient, take care of their moral values and their physical development, and create a social and environmental awareness so that they become positive, contributing members of society. They will be able to meet with confidence the challenges they will face."

Read the WhichSchoolAdvisor.com full review: here

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