GEMS Cambridge International Private School

GEMS Cambridge International Private School

OVERVIEW

GEMS Cambridge International Private School Sharjah (GCS) is a new addition to GEMS schools in the UAE. It follows the British curriculum and blends the academically renowned National Curriculum for Englandwith high GEMS Education excellence standards. Students of Pre-KG (FS1) to Year 9 can currently enrol at GEMS Cambridge International School Sharjah.

GCS is established to provide the best education to students and families across Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman. When operating at its full capacity, it can offer classes from Pre-KG (FS1) to Grade 12 (Year 13). Teachers aim to prepare students for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) course, the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and A Level Examinations.

Like other GEMS schools in the United Arab Emirates, GCS wants students to realise their full potential and study in a multicultural, caring and positive learning environment. in January 2021, Pearson / Edexcel accredited GCS making it an official approved examination centre. GCS has won the Supreme Council for Motherhood & Childhood Bullying Prevent in Schools Award in 2020.

Residential Communities near GEMS Cambridge International Private School

Residential areas close to GEMS Cambridge School Sharjah are:

  • Oud Al Muteena
  • Al Khezamia
  • Al Gharayen

While Oud Al Muteena is a residential community in eastern Dubai, it isn’t far from the GEMS Cambridge Private School Sharjah campus. One can find a combination of apartments and villas for rent in the district. Al Gharayen, also known as Qarayen, is a popular residential district in Sharjah.

Closeness to Dubai makes GCS easily accessible from both emirates. Parents looking to settle down near GEMS Cambridge International School can check out:

Campus of GEMS Cambridge International Private School

GEMS Cambridge School Sharjah campus features state-of-the-art facilities, including a spacious library offering panoramic views of the Sharjah University, a multipurpose hall, and prayer rooms, a hygienic cafeteria, clinics, and a parent café.

Academics-related amenities include a Science lab, robotics lab, a STEAM lab, an art and music room and ICT laboratories. KG students can also use indoor and outdoor play areas. The campus also has an impressive range of sports facilities such as a well-equipped PE department, Astro turf pitches and basketball areas.

Location Of GEMS Cambridge International Private School

The school is located on Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Road near Muwaileh Commercial in Sharjah. The school is strategically built to ensure easy access for families and students living in Dubai, Ajman and Sharjah.

Why GEMS Cambridge International Private School?

Like other GEMS schools, GEMS Cambridge School Sharjah believes in the excellence of innovation. It aims to help students achieve excellent results in A-level examinations.

students in class at Gems Cambridge International Private School
All students get teacher’s support for academic success (Image Courtesy: GEMS Cambridge International Private School)

The school claims to implement the best learning practices and create a unique, nurturing environment to enhance academic achievements. GCS also pays attention to staff training and development. The management ensures that the faculty keeps pace with the latest study programs and teaching methods.

GEMS Cambridge Private School enables students to reach their full potential in a caring and multicultural environment. The school develops students’ skills as lifelong learners and makes them realise their self-worth.

GEMS Cambridge School Sharjah’s ultimate goal is to develop global citizens who are productive members of society. It also believes in building a strong and effective partnership with parents. The school fosters an environment of respect and trust. Every child is treated as an individual and is given a personalised approach to learning. GEMS Cambridge School builds confidence and develops initiative in students.

From KG years to middle school, GCS focuses on Design Thinking to help students come up with innovative solutions to address problems related to their learning environment.

SCHOOL DETAILS

COVID-19 Protocols

GEMS schools understand that the health and safety of students and school staff is of utmost importance. Therefore, the school has already taken safety protocols as directed by the UAE authorities. To design effective covid prevention protocols, the school is also working closely with relevant teams that include:

  • Audit and compliance
  • Emergency response and crisis management
  • Incident reporting and management
  • Hazard identification and risk management
  • Monitoring health and safety performance

GEMS Cambridge International Private School is accredited by the IOSH training provider. It has also developed a COVID-19 e-learning course accessible to everyone.

  • All cleaning staff must wear full PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and follow a frequent hand washing routine.
  • The school staff must undergo a temperature check before entering the building.
  • Thermal scanners are placed at the school entrance. Anyone entering the school must walk through these scanners.
  • Anyone with a temperature above 37.5 C will not be allowed to enter the school.
  • All classes are regularly disinfected. Desks are placed at a 1.5-metres distance.
  • Wearing face masks and gloves is mandatory.
  • All learning resources such as toys, doorknobs, light switches and staircases are disinfected.
  • School buses are also sanitised regularly.
  • A temperature check before entering the school bus is mandatory.

Years Offered at GEMS Cambridge International Private School

All classes at GEMS Cambridge School Sharjah are divided into Early Years, Primary School Secondary School. Presently, the school offers classes from Pre-KG (FS1) to Year 9 (Grade 8). There are plans to add high school years gradually in the coming academic sessions.

Distance Learning

According to the Sharjah Private Education Authority Distance Learning Review, the distance learning program at GCS is “Developed” in all themes.

GEMS Cambridge International Private School Curriculum

As stated earlier, GEMS Cambridge International School Sharjah follows the widely recognised National Curriculum of England (NCfE). This curriculum is a detailed, well-planned, and well-recognised education system across the world. At GCS, the curriculum aims to achieve high academic standards, but the focus is the well-rounded development of each child across all grades.

students of Gems Cambridge International Private School
GCS follows the British curriculum (Image Courtesy: GEMS Cambridge International Private School)

At GCS, The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) is followed by Pre-KG (FS 1) and KG1 (FS2). The goal is the emotional, physical and mental wellbeing of students at an early age. The EYFS curriculum is further broken down into seven areas of development. Please note that three of these elements are prime areas while the remaining four are specific areas.

Prime Areas include:

  • Communication and Language Development
  • Personal, Social, and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development

Specific areas include:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

The school’s qualified teachers plan each category and academics at this level involves a mixture of explicit teaching sessions and play-based learning opportunities within the classroom. Teachers and teaching assistants encourage learning through a combination of play partnering, observing, questioning, modeling and explicit teaching. This helps the teacher assess where exactly children are at their development stage so that they can plan the next step for learning.

Students learn to speak sentences, play with fellow students, hold a pencil and write their names and simple words. They also learn to count, subtract and add numbers. Studies show that young children learn best when they are active, engaged and interested. When following the EYFS, kids also acquire skills to create and build models using simple tablets and iPads.

Parents with toddlers would be pleased to know that GCS has excellent facilities and resources for the KG section to nurture gross motor skills and knowledge base in young children. Besides the large library and free-flow room, kids can make use of the latest BENQ screens for an interactive and engaging lesson in the classroom.

The British curriculum is also implemented in Primary School at GEMS Cambridge School Sharjah. It is divided into core and foundation subjects.

Core subjects include:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Arabic
  • Islamic Studies
  • UAE Social Studies
  • Moral Education

Foundation subjects in the Primary level are:

  • Music
  • History
  • Geography
  • Physical Education
  • Art
  • Computing

Teachers use a collaborative learning and teaching style and encourage students to discuss their thoughts and ideas with their peers.

Children are asked to implement different strategies to solve a problem through explicit modelling, questioning and teaching. In Mathematics, the mastery approach is used along with the Power Maths scheme of work. No textbooks are used at the primary level as it limits the learning process. There are no tests because the curriculum is designed to assess learning in real-time against the set learning objectives. The End-of-unit quizzes are scheduled to gauge progress and help teachers modify their planning and meet the child’s needs.

At the Secondary level, core subjects are:

  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Islamic Studies
  • English
  • UAE
  • Moral Education

Specialist subjects include these:

  • Music
  • French
  • Art
  • Physical Education
  • Computing
  • Humanities
  • (PSHE) Personal, Social and Health Education – for Non-Muslim students.

Key Stage 3 is designed to help students grow independently and improve their thinking approach. Core and specialist subjects are also linked to GCSE standards and help prepare students to choose their higher education options.

Academic Calender for GEMS Cambridge International Private School

The GCS academic calendar is 10-month long and is divided into three terms.

  • Term 1 starts on 30th August and ends on 10th December.
  • Term 2 begins on 3rd January and ends on 25th March.
  • Term 3 is the last, and it begins from 11th April and ends on 1st July.

The detailed academic calendar of GEMS International Private School is available on the official website.

ADMISSION AND FEES

How to apply to GEMS Cambridge International Private School?

The four-step GEMS Cambridge International Private School admission process is a simple procedure.

  • Step 1- Online application
  • Step 2- Registration
  • Step 3 – Assessment
  • Step 4 – Registration deposit

The school schedules screening/assessment to ensure the right placement for students. The admission committee makes a decision and completes the registration process. After the decision has been made, successful students are offered a seat or they are placed on the waiting list.

Interested parents can submit an inquiry form through the GEMS online student inquiry and Registration page. After completing the online application process, parents receive an inquiry number. Parents are requested to print a copy of this receipt for the record. Without the inquiry number, the school cannot verify the inquiry submission. The school sends further process updates via email. When the online application process is completed successfully, the school invites parents to visit the school for assessment.

All successful candidates will be offered a seat subject to availability. The seat confirmation fee is AED 500, which must be paid within 24 hours and is non-refundable.

KG-1 (FS2) students must be 4 years of age by December 31st at the time of admission.

These documents should be submitted along with the application form:

  • Copy of student’s passport with a valid UAE residence visa
  • Copy of the birth certificate (Arabic or English)
  • Copy of the ID card (both side)
  • Copy of Emirates ID card (both parents, both side)
  • Copy of final school report (for all students entering KG-2 and above (in English)
  • Original transfer certificate from the previous school (only after confirmation of admission)

For students coming from schools outside Sharjah, the transfer certificate must be attested by the respective emirate’s educational authority.

Except for students coming from the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Europe, or New Zealand, all overseas candidates must have their transfer certificate attested by the following:

  • District Educational Officer/ Ministry of Education ( the country of origin)
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in the country of origin) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs UAE.
  • UAE Embassy/Consulate (in the country of origin).

Fee Structure at GEMS Cambridge International Private School

GEMS Cambridge International Private School fee is mentioned below:

Grade
Tuition Fee
Grade
FS1/Pre-KG
Tuition Fee
AED 20,000
Grade
FS2/KG 1
Tuition Fee
AED 20,000
Grade
Year 1/KG 2
Tuition Fee
AED 20,000
Grade
Year 2/Grade 1
Tuition Fee
AED 22,000
Grade
Year 3/Grade 2
Tuition Fee
AED 22,000
Grade
Year 4/Grade 3
Tuition Fee
AED 22,000
Grade
Year 5/Grade 4
Tuition Fee
AED 22,000
Grade
Year 6/Grade 5
Tuition Fee
AED 22,000
Grade
Year 7/Grade 6
Tuition Fee
AED 24,000
Grade
Year 8/Grade 7
Tuition Fee
AED 24,000
Grade
Year 9/Grade 8
Tuition Fee
AED 24,000
Grade
Year 10/Grade 9
Tuition Fee
AED 28,000

Parents can also check out the GEMS Rewards program and earn valuable points and discounts.

SCHOOL FACILITIES

Lunch Option at GEMS Cambridge International Private School

lunch options at  GEMS Cambridge International Private School
There is a well-maintained cafeteria at GCS (Image Courtesy: GEMS Cambridge International Private School)

GCS has a cafeteria where students can sit and have their lunch.

School Transportation at GEMS Cambridge International Private School

Transportation service is available for students. Transportation fee for different areas is mentioned below.

Area
Full Year Fee
Term 1 (Sep – Dec)
Term 2 (Jan – Mar)
Term 3 (Apr – Jun)
Area
Muwaileh
Full Year Fee
AED 3,900
Term 1 (Sep – Dec)
AED 1,560
Term 2 (Jan – Mar)
AED 1,170
Term 3 (Apr – Jun)
AED 1,170
Area
Sharjah
Full Year Fee
AED 4,300
Term 1 (Sep – Dec)
AED 1,720
Term 2 (Jan – Mar)
AED 1,290
Term 3 (Apr – Jun)
AED 1,290
Area
Al Qusais/Ajman
Full Year Fee
AED 4,700
Term 1 (Sep – Dec)
AED 1,880
Term 2 (Jan – Mar)
AED 1,410
Term 3 (Apr – Jun)
AED 1,410
Area
Mirdif/Al Warqa, International City, Silicon Oasis
Full Year Fee
AED 5,100
Term 1 (Sep – Dec)
AED 2,040
Term 2 (Jan – Mar)
AED 1,530
Term 3 (Apr – Jun)
AED 1,530

Sport Facilities at GEMS Cambridge International Private School

sports facilities at Gems Cambridge International Private School
Students during a sports event (Image Courtesy: GEMS Cambridge International Private School)

The school has dedicated sports areas, including outdoor and indoor playgrounds.

Extra-Curricular Activities at GEMS Cambridge International Private School

GEMS Cambridge School has a dedicated art and music room. KG Students can use indoor and outdoor play areas.

Field Trips From GEMS Cambridge International Private School

field trips from Gems Cambridge International Private School
Students visited Al Noor Mosque (Image Courtesy: GEMS Cambridge International Private School)

School organises several age-appropriate field trips for students.

Medical Care at GEMS Cambridge International Private School

The school has HAAD qualified school doctor and a nurse responsible for handling students’ health-related issues during school hours. Required medical records are submitted to the nurse. Parents are notified if their children visit the clinic. If any student is unwell, parents are asked to pick their child up from the school clinic.

CONTACT

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

The school believes in maintaining effective communication with parents as research shows the positive impact of parental engagement in the success of a child’s academic journey. GEMS Cambridge International School has an open-door policy to ensure parents can speak with the school at any stage. The school engages with parents through consultation evenings and written reports. Parents can also make an appointment to speak one-to-one with any member of the teaching staff.

The school suggests parents use the 3-a-day mobile app to get involved in their child’s education. They can also check out the official GCS Newsletters for announcements and other updates.

Parents can also join the GCS Parents’ Association for a fruitful partnership with the school and play their part in their children’s success.

GEMS Cambridge International Private School Contact Information

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