GEMS Winchester School Fujairah opened in September 2016 and is offering the National Curriculum for England for Children from KG1 - to Grade 11 "with plans for natural growth to Grade 12 in successive years."
The story so far...
GEMS Winchester School Fujairah may itself be relatively new (having opened in September 2016) but it is headed by an experienced Principal, David Wade, who comes to the school after successful leadership roles in the UK, Malaysia and for the last six years, Singapore. Mr. Wade has led schools with both Primary and Secondary sections for the last 17 years and consider himself a ‘whole-school’ educator.
Mr. Wade leads of a Senior leadership team of predominantly British and native English speaking key staff who also ensure continued professional development for teachers.
The school's vision is "to deliver a high quality education for the diverse and wider community of Fujairah by offering an affordable GEMS school with an international programme reflecting key attributes of the National Curriculum for England. Our vision is to nurture lifelong learners in an enabling, caring and inclusive environment so that they become confident, independent and progressive world citizens."
The school states that its mission is to challenge all students to help realise their full potential within a caring and positive learning environment in an international schools’ setting. "Through our broad and balanced curriculum we will endeavour to develop responsible, globally conscious citizens. We will support all our students to develop their skills as lifelong learners with a strong sense of self-worth."
To achieve these aims the school has set the following objectives:
The school currently runs from KG1 through to Grade 11 but plans to add one final year in 2020, so that there is all through provision up to Grade 12.
What about the curriculum?
Winchester offers the UK National Curriculum, in common with other Winchester schools within the GEMS group. The school lays particular emphasis on the fact that it is one of a small number of private schools in Fujairah to offer the globally recognised UK curriculum.
The UK curriculum is taught in an international context where the UAE Ministry of Education syllabus is incorporated into the curriculum structure. In addition to the development of specific skills and competencies, the curriculum emphasises enquiry, creativity, analytical evaluation and other skills needed to meet the challenges of future employment markets.
The KG of school introduces young learners of 4 and 5 years old to school-life. Students develop their motor skills, foundation-level numeracy and literacy skills, and self-esteem through play-based learning activities in a safe and exciting environment. Students are introduced to English, Mathematics and Science through activities that include the teaching of Shapes, Colours, Letters, Numbers and Seasons.
In Key Stage One, children in Grades 1, 2 and 3 (aged 6 to 8 years), continue to discover their skills and competencies. At this stage they are introduced to subjects that will lay the foundation for learning as they go into higher year levels. Learning is still exciting and the learning atmosphere is stimulating. Core Subjects include English, Mathematics, Science, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Humanities (History and Geography), UAE Social Studies, Arabic A (for Arabic speakers) and Arabic B (for non-Arabic speakers), Islamic Studies (for Muslim students) or Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) (for non-Muslim students), Music, Physical Education (PE) and Art.
By Key Stage Two, in Grades 4, 5 an 6, students start to rationalise and think independently. The curriculum sets challenging targets and its methodical implementation encourages each student to pursue individual targets and goals. Older students are ready for creative and accelerated learning; they become aware of the need to set daily goals and have long-term objectives. In addition to the core subjects of Key Stage One, students also study French as an additional language.
During Key Stages 3 and 4 (Grades 7 – 10), Winchester Fujairah covers the National Curriculum for England and delivering Arabic and Islamic education as required by the Ministry of Education. Subjects include Arabic, Islamic, English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Music, Art, Information Technology, and Physical Education. The school aims to recognise cultural diversity and utilise the UAE’s distinctive geography and rich history as a resource for learning through the UAE Social Studies programme. Students sit the Cambridge International Examination Board and Edexcel Examination Board IGCSE examinations followed by AS and A Level in Grades 11 and 12.
The school also offers a range of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities providing students with the opportunity to develop their skills in new and interesting fields, in addition to giving them the chance to learn through real-life experience.
The school aims to support all-round student development, and focusing on both individual and team-based sports activities, develops students's abilities to work to reach common goals, dedication, how to lead and camaraderie.
What about facilities?
The campus is located in centre of Fujairah and offers all the facilities you would expect for a new school at this price point. These include: classrooms equipped with modern equipment and connected with high-speed internet, a multi-purpose auditorium, a medical centre, a canteen, and a school store which sells textbooks, workbooks and stationery. Starting with Grade 3, students have access to fully-equipped science laboratories and technology rooms.
Other facilities include a Multi-purpose, air conditioned hall, a Sports field, Covered outdoor recreation areas and an Air-conditioned play-area (for Kindergarten pupils)
What's the buzz?
Since this is a new school, there are currently no MOE reports on GEMS Winchester School Fujairah but so far, parent feedback about the school is positive with parents commenting on "very cooperative staff."
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What about the fees?
Fees for GEMS Winchester School Fujairah are at an affordable price, starting at AED 23,100 for KG1 rising to AED 34,650 for Grade 10 and AED 33,000 for Grade 11. Fees can be paid in ten monthly installments.These are not inclusive of MOE approved Book Fees which start at AED 700 for KG1 and rises to AED 1,600 for Grade 11.
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