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CityAbu Dhabi
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 25 students / class
Maximum 30 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: Dirham 20,680
to: Dirham 41,930
Address: Old Al Bahya,Behind Deerfields Mall Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students

50% local : 50% international

Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English


Additional language classes offered by the school

French and Arabic

Max. number of students per class

25 in FS and 25-30 in Year 1 - Year 13
We try to keep the numbers at 22-25 in each class. The number is kept low in secondary to enable more of one to one learning.

Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

All classrooms are well equipped with interactive whiteboards.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)


Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

Muslim students have prayer halls if they wish to do Namaz.

External examinations or assessments available

AS & A Level examinations.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

Depends on the year level and subjects.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

All students who graduate from Al Basma attend a higher educational institution - 100%.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Special Education Needs

Entry evaluation for students

Yes, Admission Interview tests.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

For FS1 and FS2, we arrange play dates where we bring in children in groups with one of the parents and encourage them to play. Our teachers meet them in between and evaluate each student. The purpose is not to reject anybody but to understand the children.
For Year 1 and above, we do tests in English and Math. It is one on one for Year 1 and Year 2. From Year 3 and above, we expect the students to complete the tests independently.

Waiting list


Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline. It depends on the capacity of each year group.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, we do in-year admissions. We follow deadlines given by ADEK for internal school transfers within Abu Dhabi. Students coming from Other Emirates or outside of UAE, we admit the students based on ADEK approval.

School start time

8 am

School finish time

2:30 pm

School bus service available


School provided lunches

We have canteen facility where students can buy food.

Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Oil painting, zumba, glee, literacy animation, musical theatre, choir, basketball, table tennis, badminton, cricket, reading, computer programming, maths, board games

Sports activities included

Physical education

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Al Basma British School students receive a robust, creative, vibrant, academic challenging and inspiring 21st Century education, making the schooling years an enjoyable time filled with rich and memorable experiences, preparing them for life. Each student’s unique skills and talents are released and enhanced in an environment of care and mutual respect; one that promotes resilience, confidence, self-esteem and self-management skills.

Al Basma British School is a healthy, safe environment within which students can enjoy learning, make progress and achieve high standards. They will be encouraged to participate fully in school life and make a positive contribution to the school and wider community, ultimately becoming successful, motivated, well-adjusted adults who achieve economic well-being. We will measure our success against these outcomes.

Teaching approach of the school

The school believes in creating future citizens with high values, excelling in all dimensions in life, with full cooperation, transparency and support from parents. Hence, the curriculum is founded on a three way partnership between parents, students and teachers to ensure full involvement in the child's growth. The school is focused on continual self-evaluation and takes into account the views of all stakeholders through parent-student-teacher conferences, classroom observations by parents, a strong school council for students, online school management interactive portal and a parent-teacher association that advises and plans activities and events to extend and deepen the curriculum.


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