Gulf Model School is a private K-12 school located in Al Muhaisnah, Dubai. The school has been rated Weak in KHDA inspections for seven years.
Gulf Model School has been rated Weak for the eighth year in the 2019-20 KHDA inspection process - the only Indian curriculum school in Dubai still to carry the lowest rating. The inspection report can be found under the Inspection report tab. An update to this review will be completed in due course.
The story so far...
Gulf Model School was established in 1979 and as of 2017 catered to more than 2,700 students grouped into 82 classes with 12 at Kindergarten, 33 in the primary phase, 14 in Middle and 24 in the secondary phase. Only five different nationalities were represented among the student population at the time of its last KHDA inspection - all subcontinent based.
Gulf Model School employs 86 full and part-time teachers.
What about the curriculum?
The school follows an Indian Kerala Board and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) curriculum which subsequently lead to their own individual examinations. Core Subjects include English, Arabic, mathematics, science and Islamic studies (for Muslim students) as set by the Ministry of Education, UAE.
What the inspectors say
As of 2016/2017, the school received the KHDA inspection rating of Weak - for the fifth year in a row. The school's last full report was published in January 2013, and it has since had three follow up inspections - and thus far failed to put in place improvements requested by the KHDA, Dubai's education regulator.
Those recommendations were to improve teaching and learning so that unsatisfactory lessons could be eliminated; to raise the awareness of all staff members on health and safety issues so that a more proactive approach can be used to eliminate potential hazards; to improve the progress of students with special educational needs by better identification of their needs and improved support; to improve the quality of senior and middle leadership, with a focus on accurate evaluation of the school’s current learning outcomes; to improve governance so that the school meets all statutory requirements, and to eliminate over-crowding in the classrooms and have adequate resources to meet the needs of a larger student body.
Since the last report, attainment and progress has gone down in science in the primary and middle school.
In seven years the school has not made sufficient headway tackling these issues, to move out of its Weak rating.
Fees at Gulf Model are very affordable, starting at AED 3,409 and rising to AED 6,198 at Grade 12. Any fee increases will be constrained by its Weak rating and failure to improve.
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