The Westminster School follows the National Curriculum for England and prepares students to take the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) course and the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level Examinations and A Level Examinations of the Universities of Cambridge and London (UK).
The Westminster School offers students a number of benefits which include:
- International Curriculum
- Child-centric programmes
- Value based education
- Custom built campus
- Personality development and character building
- Dedicated staff
- Friendly and happy atmosphere
Westminster School in Dubai is located on 10th Street in the Al Nahda area of Ghusais.
Who runs the school?
The school is owned and operated by GEMS Education, a private international company headquartered in Dubai that owns and manages schools around the world. The school’s Principal is Mr Neville Sherman.
Is this a non-profit school?
What facilities does it offer?
The Westminster school is thoughtfully designed to provide students with a vibrant learning atmosphere, where they have every opportunity to develop all areas of their potential.
The school houses 180 purpose built classrooms for all academic subjects. A multiplus and a wide range of academic and extra curricular facilities ensure that students receive the highest standard of quality education.
Covered Play Area
A covered play area for the Kindergarten students provides a safe and secure environment for physical activity under the supervision of experienced teachers. There is separate covered recreation area for the senior students.
The school also has an activity room and an audio-visual room with multi-media facilities, an ideal atmosphere for recreation and learning for the students of the Infant School.
Library The school has three well-resourced libraries stocked with books, periodicals and a variety of other resources that can be used for research, reference and new learning. Reading is encouraged in students from a very young age, as an independent way to learn and gain knowledge.
Six well-equipped laboratories for Biology, Chemistry and Physics respectively are part of the Senior School infrastructure.
Music and Art and Craft Rooms
Art, craft and music rooms encourage students to develop a variety of interests Special emphasis is placed on developing student’s appreciation for and involvement in various forms of drama, dance, music, art and craft as a means of self-expression and cultural enrichment.
The school has five computer laboratories with Internet connection and multimedia facilities. Sophisticated audio/visual equipment and resources are extensively used to enhance teaching-learning techniques.
A clean and well stocked canteen sells reasonably priced healthy snacks and drinks during break times. Special care is taken to provide students with options that are healthy, nutritious and balanced. Hygiene and strict quality control of food are a priority.
The School has a fleet of 50 air-conditioned buses. The bus routes extend beyond Dubai to the neighbouring Emirates of Sharjah and Ajman.
The School has two well equipped medical rooms in the charge of two doctors supported by three nurses. All cases of injury or illness receive immediate preliminary medical attention. Our medical staff works in close conjunction with the Government of Dubai, Department of Health and Medical Services, Primary Health Care Section.
Books and Uniforms
Prescribed text books, work books and stationary are available at the school store and uniforms can be purchased from the school suppliers.
What is the school’s philosophy?
The school website says that “The aim of the school is to foster and emphasize an appreciation of knowledge and to prepare students for a socially changing and technologically advanced society. The Westminster School lays the foundation from which students can pursue university levels of education or professional career paths suited to their talents and interests.
The spacious, purpose built premises provide separate facilities for boys and girls from Year 5 onwards. The Westminster School provides a secure, supportive environment, which nurtures learning and understanding, with a continued commitment to excellence.”
t The Westminster School, we follow the National Curriculum for England preparing students to take the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) course and the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and A Level Examinations of the Universities of Cambridge and London (UK). The curriculum lays the foundation for students to pursue university levels of education or professional career paths suited to their abilities, talents and interests. It is based on a structured and broad framework that outlines expected levels of achievement through all stages of a student’s school life.
The IGCSE curriculum is an internationally recognised curriculum used in over 150 countries across the world. It sets widely recognised education standards, supports modern curriculum development and promotes international understanding. In addition to development of specific skills and competencies, the curriculum emphasises thinking skills, enquiry, creativity, planning and other skills needed to meet the challenges of the future.
Through innovative styles of teaching, workshops, projects and experiments students are given the opportunity to explore aspects of the curriculum and develop a variety of practical skills. Under the guidance of their teachers, students learn aspects of management, instruction and leadership, enhancing their knowledge, confidence and skills, so that they can make more defined career choices.
The school emphasises all round development through a balanced programme of extra curricular activities that inculcate team spirit, exploration and development of each students’ potential and confidence.
The extra curricular activities include field trips, trekking, educational trips, projects and leadership camps. Interest based clubs such as drama, debating, elocution and public speaking, music, craft, creative writing and meal planning and cooking are conducted on a regular basis. Inter House competitions are held in sports, public speaking, dance, quizzes, art, music and essay writing.
Guided by specialist teachers, The Westminster School offers a variety of extra-curricular activities both as part of the planned school day and after school. These provide opportunities for students to explore their interests and develop new skills and talents. Many of these activities are team based enabling students to work together.
- Arts and Craft
- Creative Writing
- Educational Trips
- Elocution / Public Speaking • Gymnastics
- Leadership Camps
- Mural Painting
- Physical Education
- Team Sports
One of the non-scholastic activities that the School offers is sports and after-school coaching. There are a wide variety of sports to choose from and the school is able to cater to the individual talents and interests of its students.
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The Westminster School also hosts two major inter- school events every year, The Marathon and the Junior Soccer, in which several schools from the Emirates participate. All these varied activities help develop good team spirit and healthy competition.
At the Westminster School we make every effort to understand each individual child’s strengths and aptitude, to see how we can best address them. A range of specialist clubs provide enhanced guidance and training to students, helping them enhance their skills in their particular field of interest. Such focused learning helps students work well in groups, take responsible and independent decisions, and understand better their areas of potential and proficiency.
The specialist clubs at The Westminster School include:
• Art and Craft Club
Art and craft specialist club is introduced at an early stage to help the students in the pursuit of artistic and creative excellence.
• Environment Club
The Westminster School Environment Club is a part of the United Nation’s Environment Programme and with the Emirates Environment Group. As part of the Club, students participate in various clean up drives, they learn more about the environment and the conservation and management of resources. The students are driven by the enthusiasm to make sure the environment they live in is clean and conducive to learning. This has been extended to recycling waste and cleaning neighbouring public areas.
• Information Technology Club
For students who wish to empower themselves with advanced ICT skills, specialist training in provided through the information technology club
• Literary Club
• Quiz Club
• Science Club
• Scouts and Guides
FOUNDATION STAGE 1 (FS1) :
Eligibility Criteria : The child should have completed 3 years as on September 15.
FOUNDATION STAGE 2 (FS2) TO YEAR 11 :
Eligibility Criteria : AVAILABILITY OF SEATS & PERFORMANCE IN THE ASSESSMENT TEST
Admission is granted on the basis of an assessment test in English and Mathematics which is mandatory for all students seeking admission to these classes.
The details of topics/syllabus on which they will be tested can be collected from the registrar’s office on any working day.
Documents required at the time of Admission:
Completed Admission Forms
Two photocopies of the student’s passport with a valid residence Visa.
(Original passport is required for verification)
Two copies of the child’s Birth Certificate (English/Arabic)
5 (Five) passport-sized photographs of the child.
Final Year Report for the last class attended.
1. Original vaccination record.
2. Original Transfer Certificate
– In the case of transfer from other Emirates, the Transfer Certificate
should be duly attested by the Educational authority of the respective
-In the case of Overseas transfer, from countries other than USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Europe and New Zealand, the Transfer Certificate should be duly attested by :
a. District Educational Officer/Ministry of Education (from the country migrating from)
b. Ministry of Foreign Affairs ( from the country migrating from)
c. UAE Embassy/ Consulate (from the country migrating from)
Annual fees for 2011 were in the range of Dhs 5235 at KG1 through to Dhs 10,178 for Year 11- 13.
Acceptable (as of 2011).