The group currently operates Arcadia School , which recently announced that it will move from being a standalone primary school to an all-through school. The secondary phase of Arcadia School is due to open in September 2020.
The group has yet to say what curriculum the school will follow, but the press release describes Arcadia as a "British school operator...", intimating it will follow the UK curricula of the Early Years Foundation Stage, and GCSEs up to 16 years of age. If so the school will cater for an unusually large number of students. On what has been described as a "substantial plot", Arcadia's new offering will serve some 4,200 students, a capacity more characteristic of Indian curriculum schools.
The Arcadia owned and managed school clearly intends to use the economies of scale that Indian schools do so well. It will offer "unparalleled" facilities, including a semi-Olympic sized swimming pool, badminton and basketball courts, and indoor cricket nets, at an "affordable" fee level.
As well as affordable fees, Arcadia Education has highlighted the ease of accessibility to the new the school as a key selling point. Chairman Mohan Valrani commented that;
"Arcadia has always been about meeting the aspirations of our students and this school will provide access to thousands of students in Dubai to experience the Arcadia way.
We have a metro stop right outside the plot, so our doors will be opened to every student that is able to access the Dubai metro".
Arcadia will be competing with the sustainably focused The Arbor School in Al Furjan. However, the two are likely to appeal to two different demographics. While both follow, we believe, a UK curriculum, the Arbor School operates at a very different price point with fees at a premium level, currently averaging at 56,000 AED annually (across year groups up to Year 8).