Last week Sophie Lorford (Marketing) and Sophie Sheard (Customer Services) went to Dubai and Abu Dhabi for the week, and were lucky enough to visit many of the leading schools in this dynamic region. Here’s the news from the visit:


Cranleigh Abu Dhabi

Beautiful World - East Meets West in this innovative Opera and Arts Project
Summary by Karen Gillingham, artistic director of the Royal Opera House, London

With Sheikh Zayed’s poem and Narjes Noureddine’s calligraphy as a starting point, we worked with Cranleigh Abu Dhabi’s students over five days in November to interpret what Sheikh Zayed’s moving poem – Beautiful World – means to them.

The result was a piece created by the students themselves in response to Beautiful World.  What made this so relevant is that the students represent perfectly the international community envisaged in Beautiful World. Read more hereYou can check out the video trailer for the project here.

Collegiate American School

CAS wins prestigious NEASC accreditation

One of Dubai’s leading educational institutions - Collegiate American School (CAS), which offers an American education programme based on the American Common Core Standard - has been awarded the prestigious New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accreditation, which emphasises best practice in curriculum, assessment and instruction.

CAS, based in Umm Suqeim 2, is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, which is also accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS). It has programmes from pre-kindergarten through to Grade 11, and offers a technology-enabled learning environment that focuses on digital learning. NEASC is a forceful advocate of educational quality and its improvement. It serves as a public policy resource, on issues relating to the condition of education in New England and in the international school community it serves. Find out more about CAS here.

Winter’s member school openings

Jebel Ali Secondary School
After 40 years of delivering high quality primary education, Jebel Ali School has opened its secondary facility, offering Years 7 & 8 for September 2017. For nearly 40 years, Jebel Ali Primary has been a top-tier, not-for-profit school, with a reputation for excellence in delivering the UK curriculum. Take a look at their new campus by following the link above.

Clarion School
Clarion School in Dubai is the first affiliate school of the renowned Bank Street College of Education in New York City. Opened in September 2016, and teaching through an American curriculum, Clarion School seeks to be the leading U.S. school in the region.

Swiss International Scientific School Dubai
If you are looking for a bilingual school in Dubai, SISD is the right place. Dynamic, flexible and linguistically ambitious, SISD offers immersive bilingual programmes in either French or German, as well as a strong English programme with Arabic and French or German. SISD follows the IB from pre-k to Grade 12, to develop and sustain a community of lifelong learners.

Kent College Dubai
Kent College Dubai (KCD), sister school of Kent College Canterbury - an outstanding British school that is regarded as one of the best in the UK. Kent College Dubai offers a distinctive British education that reflects the values and culture of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates.

A welcome to our newest group, GEMS!

We are delighted to announce our partnership with some of the leading schools in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. GEMS (Global Education Management System) have joined us with six schools in the Middle East.

GEMS American Academy
GEMS Cambridge International School
GEMS Nations Academy
GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail
GEMS Wellington Primary School
GEMS World Academy Dubai

The GEMS schools pride themselves on being able to share resources, information and teacher training across their broad network. GEMS schools aim to instill students with universal values, and are geared to form graduates who are global citizens. They aim to equip children to live in a multicultural environment, and they regularly stress the importance of giving back to others, both locally and globally. A big Winter’s welcome to you all!


Photo Credit: Cranleigh Abu Dhabi
Summary by Sophie Lorford - International Marketing Executive