Posted on February 02, 2023 by Driven Properties Latam
In the United Arab Emirates, a British education for their children remains their goal.
For some parents it's simply because GCSEs and A' levels is still the gold standard for education, generally, around the world.
For others, and not just those in the UK, it will be because UK schools are a gateway to UK universities and in turn UK universities are seen as a gateway to work around the world.
In the United Arab Emirates, its popularity is reflected in the fact that there are more schools following the curriculum based in England and Wales than in any other country.
British education in the Emirates
That being said, many schools in the United Arab Emirates do not offer IGCSE, but have maintained British GCSE and A Levels.
KINGS’ SCHOOL AL BARSHA
“Coupled with outstanding school leadership, the steadfast, genuine and passionate support of the school's founders, an RSA-endorsed framework centered on the extremely rich, unique (and radical) whole child, and absolutely stellar facilities, Kings School Al Barsha is prepared to deliver academic results for children."
"A particular level subject choice is outstanding as it offers a wide variety of options to students that compete with and in some cases outperform many premium level 1 premiums, and The English College includes the provision of BTEC for maximize the school's ability to match its offer to the needs of each individual child. GCSE provision is almost as expansive."
HORIZON ENGLISH SCHOOL
“Horizon School continues to push its credentials as a top-tier (co-educational) primary school in Dubai. This outstanding KHDA school (2019, 2020) provides a stream for many of the best British schools in Dubai with a reputation (in our justified opinion) for stellar learning and the development of the whole child.
“Despite scoring academically above UK benchmarks and within the highest level of UAE exam achievement, Jumeirah College is definitely not a fashion school and refuses to be. It is also not academically selective. A class of well-adjusted graduates, happy men and women, armed with a network of peers and friendships that will stand the test of time, with test scores to attend the college (or performing arts school) of your choice, is the broader focus of the university."
GEMS JUMEIRAH PRIMARY SCHOOL
"Highly recommended, not only for being an academic heavyweight, but also for creating such a genuinely happy, nurturing and inspiring school for your children... One thing that JPS is decidedly not is an SAT factory. Simply put, this school absolutely shines."
REPTON SCHOOL DUBAI
“Repton School Dubai polarizes opinion, but its uniquely British atmosphere, genuinely unrivaled elsewhere in the industry, creates a very special school with an appeal that, for parents who can afford the fees, can be irresistible. In its combination of a British boarding school-style experience, with the flair and 'feel' that comes from its Arabic-infused location, strong academics, world-class facilities, architectural setting and admission of mixed cultural students, Repton ignite the imagination. Unsurprisingly, the school deservedly secured an elite group earning good school status in 2013-14, 2015-16, and 2016-17. Highly recommended."
GEMS WELLINGTON INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
“GEMS Wellington International is a (very) deserving Editors' Choice. The school offers a powerful and inspiring education, one of the best offered anywhere in the region, in Mathematics, English and Science, and its results demonstrate significant and impressive added value to its mixed-ability intake."
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL EMIRATES HILLS
“There are a number of schools in Dubai which, despite inspection data, offer a very high level of education to children at all stages and present very little difficulty to secure our recommendation. Dubai British School at Emirates Hills (DBS) falls into this category."
JUMEIRAH ENGLISH SPEAKING SCHOOL
"Genuinely outstanding, hugely impressive, not-for-profit, coeducational primary school, and arguably the best in its class not only in Dubai, but also in the UAE."
DUBAI ENGLISH SPEAKING SCHOOL
"One of Dubai's best-loved Early Years and Primary schools, Dubai English Speaking School [DESS] is also the oldest British school in the Emirate, established in 1963. We rate the school this side of Outstanding."
GEMS ROYAL DUBAI SCHOOL
“The achievement of the entire GEMS Royal team, school students and parents cannot be overstated. Each deserve significant praise for a trip that has achieved the pinnacle of KHDA recommendation in Dubai."
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