GEMS Vertus School was meant to be a Curriculum of England school opening in Dubailand. It did not open.
The original start date was actually set for September 2018, but was pushed back by one year. GEMS School of Digital Futures, which was announced late April 2018, also failed to materialised. Both schools were to open in the Al Waha community, situated between Emirates Road (611) and Arabian Ranches. It is possible they were competing plans for the same plot, and that events overtook both.
GEMS Vertus was described as a coeducational UK curriculum, for children between 3 years old and 18, although initially the school was likely only to open up to Year 6.
Vertus planned "state-of-the-art facilities" including; Foundation Stage with specialised indoor and outdoor learning areas, outdoor multi-sports games area, full size outdoor football pitch, two multi-purpose sports halls, technology rich classrooms, ICT rooms, science rooms and specialist rooms.
The school was to use the curriculum of England and Wales throughout, with GCSEs and A Levels post-16.
In July 2017, GEMS appointed John Hughes (previously vice-principal at GEMS Metropole School) as founding principal at Vertus. The new Vertus was believed to be modelled on GEMS Metropole.
As such, WhichSchoolAdvisor.com assumed the school would be staffed with primarily UK teachers and have a strong SEND department.
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