Dubai
British curriculum
Ages 3 to 18

GEMS FirstPoint School - The Villa

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CurriculumBritish
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
BilingualNo
International Baccalaureate No
First year fees: Dirham 60,480

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Number of students

840

Number of nationalities represented in the school

35

Most common nationality

British

Ratio of local students to international students

12% local : 88% international

Max. number of students per class

In FS1 and FS2 there will be a maximum of 22 pupils in each class with a teacher and teaching assistant. In all other classes the maximum number of students is 27, although classes are likely to be smaller, especially in the first and second year of the school. There will also be teaching assistants supporting classes in Years 1 to 5.

Average number of students per class

25

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native speaking teachers (in language of instruction)

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in the school's language of instruction

Specialist teacher will lead and develop support strategies for students whose first language is not English.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic, French, Spanish, Mandarin

Uniform required

Yes

Waiting list

No

Entry evaluation for students

Screening and assessment

Brief description of entry evaluation required

GFPS will undertake screening and assessments to determine the right placement of an applicant. After a student has been registered and required paperwork submitted, students entering Years 1 - 12 will be asked to complete a placement test. Students entering Foundation Stage 1 & 2 will meet in groups with a member of the Educational team.

GEMS FirstPoint School seeks to make the most appropriate grade placement for each student based on his or her age, as well as academic, social and emotional development within policy guidelines. For this reason, new students may be required to complete an appropriate level assessment to determine placement and fit.

External examinations or assessments available

GCSE, A Level, IGCSE

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

The staff will take time to get to know and understand each student. Whether a student needs to be stretched, is struggling or is somewhere in the middle the staff will always work to inspire the best in him or her.

Learning support offered

The school will appoint specialist teachers and assistants to take charge of learning support for students.

Student access to education psychologist

No

School start time

8:00

School finish time

14:50

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Photography, Chess, Drama, Arts, Environmental Club and Debating Club are regular features of the after-school programme.

School provided lunches

Yes. The school will have a fully serviced cafeteria for break time snacks and lunch time provision.

Sports activities included

Swimming, cricket, football and more.

Sports facilities at the school

6 courts indoor sports hall, gym, playground, swimming pool and learners pool, pitches

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Established in 2014 in The Villa development, GEMS FirstPoint School is a bright, modern school, welcoming pupils aged 3-19 as they enrol on the English National Curriculum in the heart of Dubai. From early years foundation stage to Year 13, GFPS offers students a truly international education, which includes world-class teaching and a strong focus on global values, helping our pupils become well-rounded world citizens.

Teaching approach of the school

GFPS curriculum offers a full, broad and balanced range of learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom, with an emphasis on Enterprise and Technology. The school has ties to local culture and tradition and together with the rest of the school, all Foundation students have the opportunity to study Arabic and UAE Social Studies.

Summary of prices and fees

School fees, for a twelve year old child , in AED

Yearly fees: Dirham 56,980
When you first enroll your children in the school, some extra fees are applied:
One time fees: Dirham 3,500
Total first year fees: Dirham 60,480
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Where exactly is this school?

Get in touch with this school

Contact email: registrar_fps@gemsedu.com
Address: Dubai Al Ain Road, The Villa, Dubai United Arab Emirates