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GEMS Cambridge International School Abu Dhabi Q & A

GEMS Cambridge International School, Abu Dhabi, is a co-educational school located in East Baniyas, with a student population of approximately 3,500 students.
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At a glance
School type
International
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
Good
Availability 2020/21
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Annual fee average
AED 30,500
Annual fees
AED 21,300 - 36,220
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Mid-range
Status
Open
Opening year
2013
School year
Sep to Jun
Principal
Kelvin Hornsby
Owner
GEMS Education
Community
Main teacher nationality
A mix of nationalities
Main student nationality
A mix of nationalities
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Welcome to the GEMS Cambridge International School Abu Dhabi official Q and A page. Here we ask the questions, and the school answers directly. It is its chance to have its say on specific areas you have told us you want to know about. If you think there are additional questions we should be asking you may contact us here.

What qualities and characteristics would you say define your school?

GEMS Cambridge International School has a proven track record of success in both academic and extra- curricular activities. Teaching the National Curriculum for England,GCSEs and A-levels students perform to the highest level academically, artistically and on the sports field.
We are welcoming students in FS 2 – Year 13 and offer students a rich academic programme in a supportive learning environment. GEMS Cambridge International School consistently produces results that are significantly above the UK national averages year on year
Over the past 3 years alone, GEMS Cambridge students have been accepted to 97 universities in 26 countries.

GCIS – Abu Dhabi will prepare students for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) course and the A Level Examinations of the University of Cambridge (UK). Additionally the school will offer Edexcel BTEC Level 2 and 3 qualifications in a range of vocational subjects once the student body has progressed to this stage of their learning

Facilities – Learners and 25m swimming pool, cricket nets, indoor sports areas, multipurpose hall, separate Foundation Stage play area, ICT suites and wireless connectivity throughout the campus, state-of-the-art science laboratories, 2 libraries, art studios, music choral and ensemble rooms, design and technology and media suites.

How many nationalities are represented in your school?

More than 80.

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

No

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

1:16

Does your school have a waiting list?

Yes it does, contact registrar_cia@gemseduc.com for more information on specific age groups

Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does your school ensure children engage in physical activity?

They have a scheduled sports activities during their PE class weekly , they also do sports during their ECA an hour after school every Tuesday and Wednesday . Our school sports teams competes with other schools in Abu Dhabi and other emirates .

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

Through weekly chatter, website, teachers communication with parents and the canteen food we make sure is healthy .

How do you promote healthy eating?

Teachers discuss this with children , we encourage parents to provide Healthy food in their children's Lunch boxes
and unhealthy food is not allowed .

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?

Yes we have 2 cafeterias

If yes, does it serve hot food?

Yes

What would be the amount spent by a student for their lunchtime meal?

It serves healthy hot food, at less than 15 AED on average.

What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?

The school starts at 7:45 and they finish 2:15. All the after school activities are done after 2:15 till 3:15 on Tuesday and Wednesday .
Early dismissal at 12:45 pm on Thursday

Is there a school uniform?

Yes there is, available at threads shop in Capital Mall

How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?

Termly reports , Parents teacher meetings and different communication channels between teachers and parents

How often is the more formal feedback such as reports and parent/teacher meetings?

We have publish the report cards by the end of each term and we have parents evening with teachers twice in the year
Also parents can arrange a meeting with the teacher anytime during the year

Is Arabic taught as both a first language and second language in your school?

Yes

Which other languages are taught?

French starting Year 7

Do you offer EAL or TEFL support for those students where English is not their first language?

Yes we do

Is Islamic Education/Studies for the Arab Muslim students delivered in Arabic for them?

Yes it is

Do you have a dedicated prayer room/s for the Muslim students?

Yes we do

If external examinations and assessments are part of your curriculum, which ones do you offer?

GCSE and EDEXCEL

Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?

yes , homework is sent weekly every Thursday

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

On a case by case basis, we encourage them to present their artwork throughout the school , we help them to participate in competition thought the 7 Emirates , and they can also apply for a scholarship

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

Yes we do

Not all schools are staffed or resourced to offer learning support to those children with either moderate or significant learning needs. To what level can you offer support for those with learning differences?

We try our best to provide support needed for each student depending on their assessment report , after admission we also work with them with the help of a shadow teacher if needed to make sure that they are inducted properly into their classes

Please provide comprehensive details of how well your school did in external exams for students at 16 and at 18 years of age? Please provide sufficient detail to allow parents to have a view on how academic your school is?

Students at the GEMS Cambridge International School achieved beyond expected potential with 26% of all entries being graded at A* or A, and 50% of all entries being graded at A*, A or B. In biology and chemistry students averaged a grade A, whilst in physics and English Literature students averaged a grade B. 8 students achieved A*/A grades in all curriculum subjects.

Does your school have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome and so forth?

Yes it does

Does your school have an educational psychologist or access to one to assess and support those youngsters with more challenging learning and emotional needs?

Yes it does

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

Yes we have , LAB parents who meets twice in each term to discuss issues and suggestions

Are there opportunities for parents to support the learning, activities and events within the school or on trips other than through the parent group?

Yes we do, kindly contact the Parent Relation Executive , Noha Hussein , n.hussain_cia@gemsedu.com

Is there an opportunity for parental representation on your school Board of Governors?

Yes there is

Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?

Yes we do, our newsletters provide information on these – for example, see the latest…
Also our school parents handbook is uploaded to our website and updated each year

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