Royal Grammar School Guildford Dubai

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 Royal Grammar School Guildford Dubai

The Royal Grammar School Guildford Dubai will open its brand-new campus from September 2021 as a co-educational school, offering a British curriculum. The School will ultimately accommodate about 2,100 students from age 3 to 18.

Our parent school, RGS Guildford UK was established in 1509 and has a long and esteemed reputation for excellence. We are proud of our pupils’ outstanding academic results alongside their development, as well-rounded and confident, caring young people. Pupils routinely secure places on the most competitive courses at leading world universities, with 325 graduates over the last 10 years attending Oxford or Cambridge. Our pupils have gone on to have incredibly successful careers in all areas from business to sports, the creative arts and politics.

Location & Buildings

The designs for the buildings and the plans for the equipment and facilities are of an exceedingly high standard. Indeed, the sheer quality of the School will be one of its distinctive features. A detail which candidates will appreciate if they have opened a school before, is that the entire construction work is to be completed in one initial building programme, not in phases, thus reducing the disruption to the School's community.

The School will be built on a new development, Tilal Al Ghaf, located near the Dubai Studio City and Jumeirah Golf Estate. It will be part of a major new development by the Majid Al Futtaim group, one of the leading businesses in the UAE.

Our large, inspirational, dynamic and eco-friendly campus will provide exciting and vibrant learning spaces and ensures that we can offer a wide range of sporting facilities that make the most of our location in Dubai Sports City.

Educational Provision

The School will offer a British curriculum throughout. For the very youngest, the curriculum will be based on the UK's Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five years old. Throughout the School, standardised assessments from GL will be used, in line with the UAE National Agenda. In Year 11 (aged 16), students will be assessed for GCSEs and then, in their final year of school, against a broad range of A Level courses and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

While it is expected that the student body will be predominantly British, a core part of the School's Academic offering will be Arabic Studies and Islamic Education, underpinned by a strong focus on UAE Social Studies and Moral Education. This is to ensure that all students have a strong connection with the culture and heritage of the UAE. In addition, the international outlook of RGS in the UK and their membership of the Cognita global schools family will help to ensure that children educated at RGS Guildford Dubai will become internationally minded, global citizens.


Governance of the School will be given the highest priority. All four functions as outlined in the "Gift of Good Governance" (KHDA) will be part of the core business of the Governing Body:

-Setting strategic direction within the context of clearly stated vision and ethos

- Holding the senior leadership team accountable for the achievement, strategy and running of the School

- Overseeing the overall educational performance of the School and suggesting ways for improvement

- Overseeing the financial performance of the School - this includes setting fees, budget oversight and achieving financial target

In Closing

There is a great deal of excitement about RGS Guildford Dubai and what can be achieved. The partnership between the RGS and Cognita to create this new school in Dubai is truly ground breaking, bringing together two of the world's leading educational organisations.

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Address: Tilal Al Ghaf, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
What people say about us

We firmly and passionately believe that RGS Guildford Dubai will be one of the very finest international schools, which will allow us to share our expertise in a global city renowned for its diversity of dynamic mindset

- Dr. Jon Cox, Headmaster RGS Guildford