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GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail Q & A

GEMS Wellington Academy – Al Khail is a UK curriculum, GEMS Education 'Premium Plus' school (which means top of the range for facilities and fees), located together with GEMS International School and GEMS New Millenium School on a large site at the edge of the Dubai Hills development and close to Mohammed bin Rashid City.
Parents' Rating
3.4 out of 5 based on 13 reviews
At a glance
School type
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
Very good
Availability 2020/21
No data
Availability 2021/22
No data
Annual fee average
AED 67,000
Annual fees
AED 43,941 - 86,760
Price band help
Opening year
School year
Sep to Jul
Teacher turnover help
Campbell Douglas
GEMS Education
Main teacher nationality
United Kingdom
Main student nationality
United Kingdom
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Welcome to the GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail 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?

Part of the successful, thriving and trusted GEMS Wellington group of schools
Academic achievement for all in a creative and happy environment
An infrastructure which allows WEK to deliver its aims

How many nationalities are represented in your school?

There are over 86 different nationalities represented at Wellington Academy.

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

The largest nationality group is British at 16%.

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

Foundation Stage: 5 : 13
Year 1 – Year 13: 1 : 11

Does your school have a waiting list?

No our school does not have a waiting list, we are currently accepting registrations for this academic year 2019-2020 from Foundation Stage 1 all the way through to Year 13.

Describe your school's approach to education and teaching?

Innovative and creative delivery of the British curriculum

How do you promote healthy eating?

WEK has a Healthy Eating and Hygiene for Eating policy, which promotes healthy food and lifestyle choices. GEMS Wellington Academy recognises that healthy eating impacts on health, learning and behaviour. All staff work together to promote healthy food choices and regular exercise, as well the importance of hygiene for eating. We have a strict NO NUT policy to ensure the safety of children with Nut Allergies.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?

Yes, we have a fully functional school canteen which children use from Year 1 onwards.

If yes, does it serve hot food?

Yes, our school canteen provides hot food to children.

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

Minimum of AED15, Maximum AED20

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

FS1 : Sunday -Thursday 7.45am -12.30pm or you can sign up to our FREE After School Care program and FS1 students can stay until 2:35pm.
FS2 : Sunday-Wednesday 7.45am - 2.40pm
FS2 : Thursday 7.45am - 1pm
Year 1-13 : Sunday - Wednesday 7.40am - 3pm
Year 1-13 : Thursday 7.40am - 1pm

Is there a school uniform?

Yes, Threads in Times Square Mall and Motor City.

What is your medium of instruction?


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

Arabic is taught as a specialist subject to students of native Arabic speakers (Arabic A) and is taught also to non native speakers (Arabic B) as is mandatory in all schools in the UAE.

Which other languages are taught?

From Year 2, children are taught French and from Year 7, children are taught Spanish.

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

We have qualified ELL Teachers (English Language Learning) who support students English where English is not their first language.

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

Yes, Muslim children who are Arabic speakers study Islamic Education in Arabic. We also teach Islamic Education in English for Muslim children who do not speak Arabic as their first language.

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

Yes, we have many Prayer rooms located around the school for our Muslim students to access.

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

We have four Parent groups that support the school:
- Parent Council
- Parent Reps
- Parent Volunteer's

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

We encourage parents to join us as Parent Volunteers and we provide the training. This allows our parents to volunteer in the classroom and also accompany our students on their school trips.

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

Yes, we have a Parent Council members who are the mediators between the parents and the principal and the school.

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

We offer induction days for students and parents who join us as new families.

This school is in a Best School by parents ranking

GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail is a Best of school, a ranking determined by parent surveys on the site. It can be found in the following Best of rankings:

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