September 2015 will see another school opening in Dubai that aims to target the premium end of the market, Hartland International School, which will be situated in the Sobha Hartland area of Dubai, 3km from the Burj Khalifa and within the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City.
The school is the first from the Sobha Group.
Sobha has recruited Dr Paul Silverwood from Queen Margaret’s School in York, described by Tatler as a "small school with big ideas" and "Excellent" by the Independent School's Inspectorate, to help in the planning of the school. According to a release sent to WhichSchoolAdvisor.com Silverwood's "significant experience within the UK independent school sector... has influenced [Hartland's] unique offering, with a strong emphasis on individual attention, academic clinics, personal tutorials and pastoral care."
Speaking about the launch of Hartland Dr Silverwood said: "I am looking forward to welcoming families to Hartland to find out about the unique education we are offering. Through academic clinics with subject specialists, an inclusive electives programme of creative, sporting and cultural activities and a personalised tutorial system, our students will be challenged and supported as they aim high and seek to exceed their own expectations. We wish to make each lesson and activity fun, interactive and highly enjoyable for all children as they grow in confidence and develop a love of learning."
Prof. Ralph Tabberer, who previously held the post of Director General of Schools in the UK Government, has also closely collaborated and been instrumental in the planning process of the school.
Sobha says Hartland International will follow "and enhance" the National Curriculum of England through an innovative, day-boarding model and students will be prepared for International GCSEs, and then the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The school will initially cater for children aged from 3 to 11 but will expand over the following years to include around 2,200 children up to the age of 18.
Hartland International will also provide a "comprehensive and inclusive enrichment programme for all students within the school day, in addition to specialist teaching from Year 4. Language acquisition and cultural understanding will also be central to the curriculum".
The School aims to enable all students to be "proficient in three languages by the time they leave the school".
Note: For further information the school has opened a Discovery Centre, on Floor 5 of the Sobha Sapphire Building on Al Khail Road. Parents can also check the web site: www.hartlandinternational.com