- Al Satwa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
GEMS Wellington Primary School in Al Satwa Dubai
Message from the Principal
Learning. Relationships. Integrity. Children.
I am immensely proud of GEMS Wellington Primary School; it is an exceptional school. Every child has the right to a world class education. Every child is an individual and must have their needs met. The children pass through this school only once – we have to get it right first time.
The children of our school are wonderful and special; they are the lifeblood of our school. They embody the aspirations of GEMS Wellington Primary School as enthusiastic, charismatic, charming young people with an appetite for learning and thirst for knowledge. We know that children who are happy and secure in their learning environment are children who are more likely to achieve their potential.
GEMS Wellington Primary School places GEMS values at the core of our school’s philosophy whilst preparing our children for a rapidly changing world. Delivering the British Curriculum to 3-11 year olds, our school focuses upon exceptionally high expectations, key skills, knowledge and understanding of the British Curriculum as well as encouraging excellent attitudes to learning and metacognition.
We place great value in our working partnership with parents. Integral to your child’s successful learning is the partnership between home and school in the pursuit of excellence. All our staff strive to create a climate of learning with strong, open and positive partnerships between adults, children and the wider community that ensures the well-being of all.
At GEMS Wellington Primary School we recognise the uniqueness of each child through a programme of learning that promotes challenge and personalised education at all levels. Our excellent standards in both learning and teaching create a learning curriculum that is relevant, rich and rewarding. Through this, we encourage creative and critical thinking alongside stimulating and meaningful experiences, leading to: fun and excitement; awe and wonder. Our curriculum celebrates the diversity within our school and equips our children with the skills and attributes required to become active citizens in a global community.
We continually aim to provide an inclusive, enabling environment which empowers all children to achieve. The school’s personalised approach to learning embraces and responds to diversity in individual learning styles and provides children with the skills, competence and attitudes for their future. The well-being of our children is paramount and we place great emphasis on building high quality personal and social skills, which have such a positive impact upon standards of achievement and attitudes to learning.
Our extra-curricular provision is outstanding. We provide a comprehensive sport, cultural and performing arts programme beyond the school day as well as access to holiday camps, residential trips and participate in local events.
The school’s generous facilities provide a vibrant, supportive and creative learning environment that encourages challenge, curiosity and choice for all.
The GEMS Wellington Primary School is a special place to learn focused on one principle aim: to provide the best possible learning experience for all. I look forward to sharing that experience with you and your family.
Stephen J. Chynoweth
GEMS Wellington Primary School
GEMS Wellington Primary School (WPS) – Now in its 8th year, is a well – liked primary school based in Satwa, taking pupils from 3 to 11 years of age (KG to Grade 6). The school presently has around 1080 children, coming from over 70 nationalities. No one country of origin dominates, but children tend to come from British as well as from other European countries.
The school follows the National Curriculum of England and Wales.
The student body is currently looked after by 90 teachers – two thirds of whom are British. All teachers are said to have appropriate teaching qualifications, giving the school a teacher to student ratio of approximately 1:13. That is not uncommon a ratio for GEMS Education schools, but very much at the top end of the spectrum for the UAE as a whole. The school also employs 49 teaching assistants, and 14 specialists for learning support.
GEMS Wellington Primary is rated Good by the KHDA, Dubai’s education regulator, the second highest rating awarded by the regulator, and one the school has held consistently for the last five years since inspections began. The school itself notes that it has continued to increase its outstanding components year on year, and believes it is on the cusp of gaining an outstanding rating.
In the most recent KHDA report attainment and progress in the Foundation Stage was rated Good, with Curriculum Quality rated Outstanding in both the Foundation and the Primary stages. Attainment and progress in Math and English was rated Good throughout the primary section of the school, with Progress in Science Outstanding. A number of aspects of school life, such as Personal Responsibility and Health and Safety were also rated Outstanding. Arabic teaching and Islamic Education was only acceptable.
For improvement the KHDA highlighted Islamic education and Arabic, a common theme running throughout the vast majority of private schools in the UAE. The KHDA notes considerable improvement in this area in its latest report.
As well as teaching Arabic, WPS also offers French, but very much more unusually, Chinese as well.
Facilities at the school are good – of the standard that GEMS has for its premium range of schools. They include two Swimming Pools (heated), Astro Turf playing areas, a gym, parent areas and meeting rooms, an Art Room, ICT facilities and a well – stocked library that includes CDs and DVDs. The KHDA inspection found both the facilities and the school environment to be in excellent condition, well-maintained, safe and clean.
The school offers an abundance of extra – curricular activities. Children from Grades 1 – 6 (6 – 11 years old), can take part in up to two school activities per week, with activities run after 2:30 pm. Options include Music, Choir, Literacy Story Time, Cricket, Board Games, Arabic Writing, Swimming, Football, Basketball, ICT Aerobics, Dancing, Tennis Arts & Craft, Drama, Project Work, Tajweed “and many more”.
The KHDA inspection was impressed with the meticulous monitoring of student arrival and absence, and the efficiency of the school’s transport system. They also commended the warm, supportive and respectful interaction between students and staff at all times.
Children in Foundation Stage (3 – 5 year olds) cannot participate in after school activities.
The school has a waiting list, but encourages parents to meet its registrations and admissions team. Fees at GEMS Wellington are very much at the higher end of the spectrum, beginning at 37004 AED for FS1, rising immediately to 46644 AED from FS2 to Year 6.
Fees are paid termly.
Level taught: K-6, KG1-6, Primary
Curriculum: National Curriculum for England
Fees: 37004 – 46644
Number of Children: 1081
Principal and Owner: GEMS Education, Mr. Leo Spaans (Principal)
School Inspection Rating: Good
Year Founded: 2007
GEMS Wellington Primary School Office hours are: 7.30am – 3.30pm Sunday to Thursday.
GEMS Wellington Primary School in Al Satwa Dubai
Address: PO Box 114652, Al Satwa Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Jennefer Balboa (Registrar)
Stephen Chynoweth (Principal/CEO)
GEMS Wellington Primary School is situated behind the Shangri La Hotel. When approaching the 1st Interchange (Defence R/A), take the exit that leads to Al Wasl / Jumeirah. Go past petrol station and turn right into street 22d. Take third right into street 73b, just over the speed bump. Travel to the bottom of the road, turn right and take the first slip road. You will see the school on your right next to the Al Badaa Health centre.
If you are coming from Trade Centre Interchange, then you may take the street that leads to the back of the Shangri La Hotel and take a U-Turn when you reach the traffic signal. Please refer to the route with green line.