Dubai
International, British curriculum
Ages 3 to 18

GEMS Wellington Academy Silicon Oasis

CurriculumInternational, British
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
BilingualNo
International Baccalaureate Yes
Avg. students per class -
Max. students per class -
First year fees: Dirham 73,580

Fees / Price

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

Yearly fees: Dirham 73,080
When you first enroll your children in the school, some extra fees are applied:
One time fees: Dirham 500
Total first year fees: Dirham 73,580
See full breakdown of fees

School Information

Number of students

4107

Number of nationalities represented in the school

95

Most common nationality

British

Ratio of local students to international students

3% local : 97% international

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

English is the language of daily teaching and operation of GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis. GEMS Wellington Academy - Silicon Oasis does provide some English Language support for students from Years 2 - 9, and for whom English is an additional language, but it does not have intensive remedial programmes for students falling more than a grade level behind in English language ability. Intensive support to develop age appropriate English language skills may be offered to a limited number of students in each grade level. Parents may also be encouraged to provide additional support, at their own expense, for English language learning activities.

Additional language classes offered by the school

French, Spanish, Arabic

Use of technology in the classroom

Spacious teaching areas with interactive whiteboards/LED displays in every classroom.

Information and Communication Technology at GEMS Wellington Academy uses the latest in ICT provision to ensure that all students become confident in the use of modern communication technologies. The school is a ‘smart’ campus where technology is fully integrated into the curriculum so students can access information from many locations.

Uniform required

Yes

Entry evaluation for students

Yes, a placement test.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

All students admitted to Years 5 - 13 will be required to sit an age related placement test to ensure that he / she is prepared for the high quality education on offer at GEMS Wellington Academy - Silicon Oasis. Younger children may also be asked to sit an assessment if they have been studying a different curriculum. For all applications, the child's latest school report is used instead of an interview, and as a result of that scrutiny it might be that we then ask for a test to be taken by younger children too.

When applications are from overseas, GEMS Wellington Academy - Silicon Oasis will contact the child's existing school to courier placement tests so that the children may undertake these in their own school. The expense of this action is to be borne by the parents of the child making the application.

Offer of a place is not solely based on entrance test, and all parents should provide GEMS Wellington Academy - Silicon Oasis with the most recent copy of their child's school report when submitting an application form.

External examinations/assessments available

English Early Years Foundation Stages, IGCSE, GCSE, BTEC, IB Diploma, IBCC, A Levels

Results in these examinations

IGCSE/GCSEs: The most significant achievement is that the average for those IGCSE / GCSE students at GEMS schools achieving 5A*-C including Maths and English has risen from 75% in 2009 to just over 80% in 2010. This result is 30 percentage points higher than the UK average last year which was 50.7%. The overall pass rate for GCSE at the majority of GEMS Schools is close to 100%. In the UK in 2010, it was 69%. 36% of marks achieved by GEMS students were A* to A – this is 14 percentage points higher than the UK.

A Levels: The pass rate for A level examinations A* - E across all GEMS schools offering the English National Curriculum was 98%, which is above the UK national average. It is striking that 52% of GEMS A level students scored A*- B.

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis is a truly international institution for those parents who wish their children to receive a British style education which has limited spaces for children with additional learning needs. However it does not have the provision for children with severe or complex educational needs.

School start time

7:45 am or 8:00 am depending on the grade level.

School finish time

KG1: 12:30 pm
KG2: 1:30 pm
KG3 - G12: 2:00 pm

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Unique to WSO is its innovative Enrichment programme. This programme runs within the academy day and ensures that every student has access to enrichment activities as part of their learning experience. The Enrichment Programme provides both depth and breadth for students and takes their learning experience beyond the classroom.

All students have two enrichment sessions per week as organised within each phase. One session is House-based and encourages personal growth and development, and the other extends personal interests and broader experiences. Enrichment sessions are planned and structured activities rather than ‘lessons’. They are active and linked to one or more of the WSO competences. They encourage students to think about how their learning in lessons can be developed and applied more widely into a range of contexts.

After Academy hours, there will also be squad training and sports fixtures for those students who have been successful in being part of the Academy Sports Teams or Elite Performance Groups. Esports will also be in the Academy offering extra-curricular sports activities.

School provided lunches

2 Parent Cafes, 3 student restaurants

Sports activities included

Physical education

Sports facilities at the school

3 x 25m 6 lane swimming pools, with diving platforms and a learner pool.
2 full sized sports fields (3G surface (astroturf).
3 large multi-purpose indoor sports halls.
Fitness suite, several outdoor multi-purpose court areas, cricket practice nets, 100m sprint track.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis is a world class private school in Dubai that teaches children from foundation stage to sixth form (year 13). As one of Dubai’s most prestigious new developments, the campus offers a bright, modern, well-resourced environment for our diverse group of students. The GEMS Wellington Academy is located within Dubai’s integrated technology park – the Dubai Silicon Oasis, and is close to Dubai’s major transport and business hubs.

Teaching approach of the school

GEMS Education focuses on holistic education that extends beyond the classroom to embrace a wide range of enrichment activities including sports, nature trips, arts and crafts and exploratory excursions that provide a well-rounded experience and development of student potential. GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis follows this philosophy and is developing the unique needs and talents of the Students.

GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis follows:
- The Early Years Foundation Stage
- The National Curriculum for England
- International accredited UK based Qualification Pathways IGCSE, GCSE & BTEC
- The International Baccalaureate Diploma and Careers Related Certificate

GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis provides innovative approaches incorporating competence development, blended learning and personalized qualification pathways, whilst providing all children with every opportunity to succeed in the future.

Location

Get in touch with the school

Contact email: registrar_wso@gemsedu.com
Address: Dubai Silicon Oasis Dubai United Arab Emirates