Latifa School for Girls
United Arab Emirates
About Latifa School for Girls
Latifa School for Girls, one of the most well-established and prestigious schools in the region, offers applicants the unique opportunity to truly make a difference, educating future leaders of the country.
At Latifa School, we weave together a world-class British education and an Arabic cultural context, to help UAE women of the future:
• DISCOVER their individual abilities and passions,
• LEARN the skills, knowledge, understanding and character strengths required so they may
• CONTRIBUTE to their school, family, UAE and the wider world.
Join us for this exciting phase of the school’s development. 2020 - Towards the next 50, be part of it!
Latifa School for Girls was established in 1982 by H.H. Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, former Ruler of Dubai, under the aegis of the Government of Dubai. From its inception, a key goal of the school has been to incorporate the best of British educational practice within a curriculum that promotes UAE values and traditions, alongside global awareness. To this end the English National Curriculum, modified to suit the cultural context and individual needs of students, is blended with Arabic and Islamic Studies, in line with UAE Ministry curriculum. Students sit GCSE, AS and A level examinations, as well as Ministry-accepted Arabic and Islamic studies examinations. All students leave Latifa School bilingual. The Principal and most of the staff are British, with an Arabic and Islamic Studies Department staffed by well-qualified Arab nationals.
The School has an established reputation in the community for personalising learning to students' needs. Every teacher is expected to:
• Encourage high standards in all aspects of school life;
• Provide optimum learning conditions for all students;
• Support and motivate students, teachers and other school employees;
• Promote a school culture which is collegiate, happy, purposeful and productive;
• Pursue their own professional development and contribute to the development of the school;
• Engage in learning-centred consultation and dialogue, both within and beyond the school.
Latifa is a through-school for girls between the ages of 3½ and 18, occupying two adjacent sites. Almost all students are UAE nationals and the intake is 3-form and mixed ability. The intake is largely static with most students joining the school in Foundation School and continuing through to Year 12 or 13. In line with local government schools, most students leave Latifa at the end of Year 12 and go on to a 4-year American-style University course, primarily in the UAE, but also in the USA. A small number of students each year stay on to complete A Levels in Year 13, followed by university study in UK, USA, Canada or Australia. Whilst the School places students in top UK and USA universities, it also educates those with learning difficulties and is committed to providing a first-class education to all its students, whatever their abilities. Additional support is provided where needed and an alternative curriculum is offered where this is in the student’s best interests.