Al Salam’s New 'Community' School in Al Twar

The hugely popular Al Salam Private School has announced the opening of a sister school, Al Salam Community School. The second school is due to open in September 2019.
Al Salam’s New 'Community' School in Al Twar
By Jenny Mollon
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Al Salam Private School and Nursery, one of only a handful of family run schools in Dubai, has announced that it is set to open a sister school, Al Salam Community School, in September 2019.

The new Al Salam Community School will open in the Al Twar community, just 6 km from the original Al Salam Private School.  The school will see all of the current 400 secondary students (Year 7 - Year 13) moving to the new site as well as offering provision for the Foundation and Primary stages (FS1 - Year 6).

Al Salam Community School

The new, state-of-the art facility will offer students access to:

  • A dedicated UAE Heritage Centre
  • Enterprise and innovation laboratories
  • Seven science laboratories
  • A five-lane, 25-metre swimming pool  
  • An outdoor football pitch and multi-purpose hall
  • Multiple external recreational spaces

Al Salam School began as a nursery in 1985 and three years later, Al Salam Private School was established. The location of the school changed as it grew, and larger sites were used to accommodate the growing numbers.  Al Salam operated in the historic communities of Dubai, Al Rigga, to Al Muteena and later Hor Al Anz through to its current site in Al Nahda 2.

A typical classroom at Al Salam Community School

Since inception, and through the many iterations and locations of the school, steady leadership has come in the form of Sue Johnston, now CEO of Al Salam and one of's 2017 Education Influencers.  

Al Salam offers the EYFS in Foundation Stage, then moves to the Cambridge Curriculum (UK).  The original school's academic reputation means that the new school is permitted to open right through from FS1 to Year 13 from the outset by the KHDA.

State of the art sports facilities

Al Salam exam results have been consistently excellent, with GCSE results of A*-C averaging 99.6% from 2009 to 2016 inclusive, compared to a UK average of 68.5%. A*-A grades have averaged 69.2% over the same time period, compared to a UK average of 21.5%.  Individual students have had exceptional success including highest attainment in a subject locally and internationally as recognised by the Cambridge University International Examination Board.

Among the many high fee schools in Dubai, Al Salam provides a highly affordable option, with annual fees ranging from AED 22,000 for Foundation Stage to AED 38,000 for Year 13.

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