Welcome from the Principal
Welcome to Kent College Dubai, a school with many characteristics that will ensure your child enjoys a very special education, and the very best start in life.
While many new schools in Dubai grow from the younger years upwards over several years, our impressive new school opened its doors on 28 August 2016 to pupils in all year groups from FS1 to Year 10, as well as a Year 12 entry into the Sixth form. So from the outset our pupils are playing their part in a complete school, and benefiting from the interactions and learning experiences that flow from being a member of a whole community.
While some schools in the UAE carry the names of famous UK schools, the links between the two may not go much further. But we are not just a franchise of Kent College Canterbury – we are effectively a second campus, with close collaborative management between Dubai and the UK. I have had many years’ association with Kent College Canterbury, and fully share its values and ethos, and so this new school is re-visioning the excellent quality and range of educational opportunities of our well-established sister school.
The strong ties between the two schools are already in evidence, with some shared lessons between Dubai and the UK, numerous staff visits between the two schools, and our first pupil trip to Kent College Canterbury, which took place in May 2017.
Our pupils are following the British curriculum from the Early Years Foundation Stage in the kindergarten through to GCSE in Years 10 and 11. We are initially offering A-levels in the Sixth form, but as soon as possible we intend to offer the alternative of the International Baccalaureate Diploma as well. Music, Art, Drama and Technology all have a central place in the academic and wider curriculum and we expect our pupils to get fully involved in performing, creating and innovating.
Almost without exception our staff have trained and taught in the UK and Ireland, so they are fully familiar with
the British curriculum and the best teaching practices associated with it. They arrived in Dubai in the summer of 2016 when we held
a detailed induction programme focusing on the Kent College ethos, systems and school policies. The way the team has come together since then is evidenced by a fantastic A+ for Academic Delivery in January 2017 on Schoolscompared.com followed by an outstanding review in April 2017 on the same website, achievements of which we are very proud.
A special feature of Kent College Dubai is the individual attention given to each pupil. Small classes of no more than 20 pupils, a carefully-developed tutoring system and individualized learning pathways allow each pupil to be him or herself within the school community.
British independent schools are renowned for their success in developing young people’s confidence and life skills, and we are doing the same through an exciting variety of clubs, activities and sports, as well as the traditional house system to encourage a strong sense of loyalty and teamwork. The school is equipped with fine outdoor and indoor facilities including a double-sized sports hall, separate artificial hockey and rugby pitches and a six-lane swimming pool, so that we can nurture pupils’ enthusiasm and skills across the whole spectrum of sporting ability as well as other intellectual and creative areas.
We have quickly become a busy, thriving educational community, and I hope to welcome you to our school to join the Kent College family and be part of our vision for a very exciting future.
Principal, Kent College Dubai