GEMS Wellington Academy - Al Khail

United Arab Emirates

Location: United Arab Emirates
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 3 - 18 years

About GEMS Wellington Academy - Al Khail

GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail is a premium National Curriculum for England School, located in the rapidly expanding Dubai Hills development. The Primary section opened in September 2013 and Secondary opened in September 2014 with current enrolment at 2500. This is an international world class school dedicated to fostering a passion for excellence in learning and in life.

Recently rated ‘Outstanding’ by BSO, children learn in a vibrant, inclusive and creative learning environment that encourages teamwork, critical thinking, independent inquiry and risk-taking. Our staff are recruited almost exclusively from the UK, although applications from other countries are encouraged, and are highly skilled and experienced in delivering the National Curriculum. Teaching is significantly enhanced through the use of technology, which is used predominantly by students to create and present new content. Innovation and creativity are actively encouraged and the learning programme is significantly enhanced by a rich and varied extra-curricular programme of over 100 activities, which emphasises our belief that students should be learning from the moment they arrive in school until they leave at the end of the day.  We are an internationally minded school with students representing over 80 nationalities and are an accredited member of the Council of British International Schools and British School in the Middle East. We are proud of our high achieving culture: our expectation of all students is that they strive to excel and make significant progress well beyond expectations commensurate to their starting point.

The GEMS Wellington Cluster

WEK is part of the wider GEMS Wellington group of schools within the UAE, who bring with them a long and sustained history of delivering high quality education. The schools collaborate and work closely together to ensure the reach and impact of every initiative to improve student outcomes is maximized. Each school is unified by the core Wellington vision, fundamental to the ethos and fabric of what it means to be part of the GEMS Wellington family, whilst at the same time retaining their own unique characteristics. This partnership brings significant benefits for both our students and teachers including enhanced social, cultural and academic learning opportunities, sporting and performing arts events and access to a vast range of professional development pathways. The sharing of outstanding practice and dialogue amongst our highly talented leadership teams and teaching and learning community, constantly allows us to further raise standards in the pursuit of excellence. This is an exciting time to be part of the GEMS Wellington network.


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Values and Vision

Our Vision

Empowering students to aspire, create and excel in the world that is, so they can help create a world that will be.

Our Mission

Our aims are to provide a positive and exciting learning environment that encourages all children to take responsibility for their own learning and personal development.  This is underpinned by consistent excellence in delivering the British curriculum in a way which is both creative and innovative

Our 3 pillars are:

The Science of Learning
o placing evidence informed practice at the heart of all we do
o understanding of how the brain learns best to maximise learning opportunities
o being future driven and developing the skills required to thrive in the future world

Global Citizenship
o embedding the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
o showing care and concern for others by respecting and celebrating our differences
o respecting and promoting the culture, language and heritage of the UAE and beyond

Student Innovation and Agency
o the value and importance of working collaboratively
o voice, choice and ownership of learning
o taking risks and persisting with challenges

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Address: Al Khail Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971 4339 6233