Abu Dhabi
British curriculum
Ages 3 to 17

Cranleigh Abu Dhabi

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Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 17
Yearly fees (G7): Dirham 80,000
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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
Maximum 18 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
Yearly fees: Dirham 80,000

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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students

14% local : 86% international

Max. number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English

English as an Additional Language

Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic, Latin, French, Spanish

Use of technology in the classroom

There is a wide and varied range of ICT resources available, including dedicated ICT suites as well as classroom sets of tablets and laptops. Additionally there are specialised PCs and Macs within some departments, interactive whiteboards and visualisers and many other peripherals such as cameras and scanners.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

Depends on the subject and grade level.

Uniform required


Waiting list

Depends on the grade level.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline.

Students can join after academic year begins


School bus service available


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Learning Support

Learning support offered

The Learning Support Department works closely with all teachers and shares information about pupils’ learning. Pupils who need extension or support are identified and programmes are adapted to suit their needs. Parents are welcome to contact the Head of Learning Support if they have any concerns about learning. The school has a number of other staff who offer support to students under the SEN Coordinator.

Student access to education psychologist


School start time

7:45 am

School finish time

KG1 - G1: 2:30 pm
G2 - G10: 4:30 pm

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Judo, archery, climbing, ballet, street dance, drama, gardening, golf, music technology, puzzles, stories, athletics, beach volleyball, chess, sailing, kayaking.

School provided lunches


Sports activities included

Athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, field hockey, football, gymnastics, martial arts, netball, riding, rounders, rugby, sailing, swimming, golf, tennis, volleyball.

Sports facilities at the school

Indoor sports complex comprising of large sports hall, separate gymnasium, dance studio. 2 shaded swimming pools (25m competition and 10m beginner), 2 full size grass pitches and tennis court/netball court/outdoor basketball area.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Cranleigh UK opened its doors in 1865 with the purpose of providing the local Surrey community with a first class, all-round education. The Prep School (Junior School) celebrated its centenary in 2013 and the Senior School will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2015. It is therefore entirely appropriate that Cranleigh Abu Dhabi should open its doors in September 2014 with similar aims of supporting the newly born Saadiyat Island community. During the last two and a half years, teams from Abu Dhabi and Cranleigh UK have worked closely to capture the essence of what Cranleigh is, and to translate it into a community which contains a strong flavour of Abu Dhabi, Emirati culture and the cosmopolitan nature of the city.

Teaching approach of the school

Cranleigh prides itself on a curriculum that will not only enable its pupils to achieve exceptionally good examination results but will also engage them in the excitement of learning, and prepare them for the wider world. Abu Dhabi Cranleighans will grow up to be independent, thoughtful and well-rounded individuals, confident in their ability to question, analyse and express opinions.

The school's aim is to strike a balance between the academic disciplines and the wealth of extra-curricular activities on offer. Cranleigh seeks all-round excellence, sharing the same ethos as Cranleigh School, UK.

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