GEMS Royal Dubai School has announced that it will join several other leading British Schools in a new professional cluster for the 2023-24 school year. The group will work together on several initiatives designed to improve teaching and learning and bring incredible opportunities to pupils within the cluster of schools.
GEMS Royal Dubai School is set to join GEMS Jumeirah Primary School and GEMS Jumeirah College in aligning with the GEMS Wellington group of schools, a pre-existing cluster of international schools in the Middle East with a proven track record of providing outstanding education. By working together, the schools expect to emulate the Wellington group’s achievements in every aspect of school life.
Each of the three schools in the new cluster will bring unique expertise, and by collaborating, each will strengthen the quality of education provided to all pupils. Children at GEMS Royal Dubai School can expect to benefit in multiple ways, including priority entry to Jumeirah College and the Wellington schools.
Key benefits of the new cluster
According to GEMS Royal Dubai School, there are clear benefits of the new cluster of schools. GEMS Royal Dubai School teachers will have the opportunity to work with staff and pupils in some of the other leading schools in Dubai.
GEMS schools include some of the highest-performing international schools in the region. For example, GEMS Jumeirah Primary School has been rated ‘Outstanding’ in every KHDA inspection since 2010. GEMS Royal Dubai School itself is also ranked as ‘Outstanding’ by British Schools Overseas (BSO).
Secondary school GEMS Jumeirah College has been consistently ranked as ‘Outstanding’ by KHDA for the last ten years. GEMS Royal Dubai School was one of the first four UAE schools, alongside GEMS Jumeirah Primary School, to receive the High Performance Learning School World Class accreditation and is ranked as ‘Very Good’ by KHDA.
Sharing professional insights
All schools within the cluster demonstrate exceptional academic prowess.
GEMS Royal Dubai School has a track record of attainment well above the UK benchmark in GL Assessments in English, Maths and Science. It also recently reported above UK average levels in Early Years Foundation Stage assessments. Jumeirah College is in the top 1% of schools offering GCSE and A-level around the world.
By forming the new link between these schools, staff can share their best practices and professional expertise in how to teach across the curriculum to the very highest level.
As part of their commitment to ensuring continuous improvement, teachers from all schools in the group will regularly meet to share ideas, what has worked well within their own schools, and the best way to move forward.
The GEMS promise
All schools within the cluster are overseen by GEMS Education.
GEMS Education was founded in Dubai more than six decades ago with one mission in mind. Quality education for every learner is the promise of every school within the GEMS Education family. This sense of purpose is reflected in the high proportion of ‘Outstanding’ rated schools within the GEMS group of primary, secondary, and all-through schools teaching a variety of curriculums.
A strong sense of community is fostered by GEMS education and the latest clustering of GEMS Royal Dubai School with others is another example of this. GEMS Education’s founder, Mr Sunny Varkey, said, ‘We have always taken great pride in the close partnership between our teachers, parents and students. It is thanks to the strength of this collaboration that we are able to deliver the best possible learning experience, the best possible learning environment, and the best possible academic outcomes’.
GEMS Education schools are described as value-led institutions.
Mr Varkey continues, ‘We place the greatest of importance on the simple, yet powerful human values of kindness, respect, empathy and compassion. We consider these crucial attributes that will equip our young people for the exciting yet challenging future that awaits them, enabling them to truly transform the world for the better as the change-makers they are’.
Priority enrolment in outstanding secondary schools
Thanks to its new professional alignment, GEMS Royal Dubai School pupils who are reaching the end of their primary education can now benefit from priority enrolment in some of Dubai’s leading secondary schools. Year 6 pupils at the school are eligible for priority entry at GEMS Jumeirah College, GEMS Wellington International School, GEMS Wellington Academy – Al Khail, and GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis.
All these schools teach the British curriculum. The International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma is also offered alongside GCSE and A-level qualifications at GEMS Wellington International School and GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis.
Students from all these GEMS schools go on to multiple elite universities in the UK such as University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Durham University and Imperial College, London. Many pupils also find places in leading colleges around the world, such as the Ivy League schools in the USA.
About GEMS Royal Dubai School
GEMS Royal Dubai School is a leading Dubai school in Mirdif with a vibrant, welcoming campus. The school’s pupils benefit from two libraries, outdoor courts, two swimming pools, an innovation lab and a state-of-the-art ICT suite. GEMS Royal Dubai School accepts children aged 3 into their Foundation Stage 1 class and pupils can stay until the end of Year 6 at 11 years of age.
The school’s headteacher, Jan Steel, welcomes prospective parents, saying, ‘We pride ourselves on being an extraordinary community where people matter, where a passion for excellence drives everything we do. We are committed to offering a real breadth of education, feeding our students’ minds, while caring passionately about their character development, wellbeing and happiness.’
She continues, ‘Our outstanding staff are dedicated to delivering a rich curriculum and programme of activities that challenge our students to explore ideas for themselves, whether engaged in learning in the classroom or through musical, artistic, sporting, enterprising or charitable activities.’
More information, including a virtual tour of the school, is available on the school website. Parents interested in securing a place at GEMS Royal Dubai School are encouraged to complete an online application as soon as possible for the next academic year.