One of Dubai’s most academically successful schools, Al Salam Private School, is set to expand for September, 2019 with the Al Salam Community School set to open in Al Twar in September, 2019. Like the original Al Salam Private School, students will follow the UK National curriculum leading to A Levels. 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.
One of Dubai’s longest established private schools is set to open its second campus in September, 2019 and grow its brand of high quality, accessible education. Al Salam Private School has a long and established history of serving families in Dubai and has operated for almost three decades. The family-run school offers a quality education at an affordable price at its existing campus and has formed a unique partnership with Bin Haidar Education, a subsidiary of the Mohamed Omar Bin Haidar Group (MOBH) to build a second campus at Al Twar.
Al Salam Private School and Nursery began in 1985 as a small Nursery in Deira. It was opened by Mr Magdy Gharib and Mrs Sue Johnston and grew progressively to meet the needs, challenges and demands of local children, including their own as they attended the school. The school has always been noted for its family nature and Mrs Johnston has led the school as owner and Headmistress from its inception until 2017. She and her sons continue to be fully committed and involved with the operation and leadership of the school where inclusivity, academic and personal excellence as well as family and spiritual values are deeply embedded.
Al Salam operated in the historic communities of Dubai: Al Rigga, moving to Al Muteena and later Hor Al Anz, before relocating to its current site in Al Nahda 2. The school has consistently been at the top of Dubai’s academic results and the high academic performance of its students has always been a distinguishing feature of the existing school which the owners intend to embed in the new campus.
Historically, the results at Al Salam School have been consistently high 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%. The school has also been at the forefront of international test results such as Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and in the Grade 8 results in 2015, came second in the UAE with an impressive 600 for Maths and 620 for Science. This achievement underlines the school's focus on academic achievement at an affordable price, with the average fee of AED 23,000 being significantly lower than the other schools in the top 5.
The Founder, Mrs Johnston, named as one of WhichSchoolAdvisor's UAE Education Influencers in 2015, commented on the expansion plans that "People have been asking us to open a second school for over ten years, as we’ve always lived by our motto “The best for every child” and we’re delighted that we’re now able to do this through our partnership with Bin Haider Education." Bin Haidar Education are investing in the school building and have formed a long term agreement to be Al Salam’s property partner. The Group has a long-term vision to invest in education and see Al Salam Community School as the ideal partner with whom to align its values.
The new school will feature a UAE Heritage Centre, a 25-metre, 6 lane swimming pool, sports pitches, specialist science and technology rooms, an innovation hub, and multiple, flexible learning spaces. The Al Salam team is determined to build on their world class achievements, and supplement their curriculum innovations, with modern and accessible facilities.
The expansion of Al Salam’s brand of education is a significant achievement for the sector in Dubai, as no other stand-alone school, with an average of fee of AED 23,000 has expanded to open a second campus in the past five years.
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