GEMS Opens its first UAE tailored English National Curriculum School *

Wednesday 27 April 2016

Dubai - MENA Herald: GEMS Education has announced the opening of GEMS Al Barsha National School for Boys and for Girls for the 2016 academic year. Located in Al Barsha, the school will have segregated campuses for boys and girls, and will offer the English National Curriculum with a strong emphasis on Arabic and Islamic studies to students.

GEMS Al Barsha National Schools aim to be the leading National Schools in the UAE, developing students that are confident, resilient, tolerant and adaptable in an ever changing world – students that will be the Emirati and Arab leaders of the future. While students will gain all the benefits connected to an international school, they will also maintain the Islamic cultural understanding.

“GEMS Education has been built by passionate educators, and for over 55 years we have been trusted by families in the UAE. With our track record of providing excellence in education we now launch this school for the UAE community,” said Dino Varkey, Group Executive Director and Board Member of GEMS Education.

He continued, “The UAE is placing an increased focus on quality education as a key pillar to build a knowledge-based economy, and by opening these new schools we are reaffirming our commitment to education in the country and helping to take forward the vision of the nation's leadership.”

The curriculum will be delivered by experienced teachers in both English and Arabic, ensuring students are fluent in both languages. The academic leadership will be hired from top selected British and Arab educators to ensure the high levels of international teaching and learning.

In the Boys School teaching and learning will be designed around how “boys learn best”, and in the Girls School, our students will develop their individuality whilst striking a balance between the personal, family and professional needs for a continuously evolving world.

GEMS British Curriculum schools achieved exam results that are up to 20 percentage points higher than the average student in England. Over the past six years, students from GEMS British Curriculum schools have won over 138 University of Cambridge International Examinations’ Outstanding Cambridge Learner awards. Nine of these have been Top of the World Awards and 84 have been Top of their Country awards.

Over the last four years alone GEMS students have been accepted into over 980 Universities in 48 Countries. They have been accepted to 12 out of the top 15 universities in the world including the top 50 Universities in the UK.

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