GEMS Wellington International School

GEMS Wellington International School

Overview

Founded in 2007 — GEMS Wellington International School is an acclaimed British school in Dubai that is managed by the GEMS group. The academy has consistently received an ‘Outstanding’ rating by KHDA. Offering state-of-the-art facilities — it ensures high-quality learning right from elementary school all the way to the higher secondary years.

The inclusive school has a competent leadership team headed by the Principal. The impressive performance of students in the GCSE exams and the option to choose the International Baccalaureate programme in higher grades are additional reasons for the school’s popularity with parents. In 2019, the pass percentage for the IB Diploma exams was a whopping 98%.

Following the British Curriculum that is based on the values of the National Curriculum of England,  GEMS Wellington International School, Dubai is one of the premier educational institutes near Jumeirah

Residential Communities near GEMS Wellington International School

GEMS Wellington International School which is located in Al Sufouh is conveniently accessible from various residential areas including:

Parents who want to reduce the school commute time of their children and make it more comfortable for them to reach school can buy properties near GEMS Wellington International School

Campus of GEMS Wellington International School

Sprawling over a massive area of eight acres — GEMS Wellington International School Dubai provides a selection of modern facilities and resources that enhance the learning environment for students.

Classrooms are equipped with high-speed internet and feature interactive whiteboards. 

Arts facilities include the drama studio, dance studio, art studio and television studio. The school also contains a large library and a spacious auditorium that has a seating capacity for 470 people. A gymnasium, outdoor swimming pool and a 25m indoor swimming pool is also there.

The educational institution is home to three fixed computer suites equipped with projectors, full wireless internet, interactive whiteboards and industry-standard software. 

The campus also incorporates various sports facilities including sports courts for tennis, basketball, netball and volleyball and a cricket net.

Playing facilities at GEMS Wellington International School
GEMS Wellington International School provides a selection of modern facilities and resources that enhance the learning of students. (Image credits: GEMS Wellington International School Website)

Location of GEMS Wellington International School

GEMS Wellington International School is located on Sheikh Zayed Road (E11), a popular road in Dubai, in Al Sufouh 1. It is located near Al Sufouh Beach at a drive of 7 minutes.

With a vibrant and bustling atmosphere, Al Sufouh is a waterfront neighbourhood along the western coast of Dubai. 

Why GEMS Wellington International School?

The GEMS Wellington International School has an impressive architectural design offering an enriched curriculum and state of the art facilities. The school has an amicable ambience created through the ‘Creation Garden’ featuring exotic plant life and flora. The school corridors are adorned with digital signboards. There is also an in-house TV/Radio Station informing students of their next classes, upcoming events, and other information. 

At GEMS Wellington International School, along with academics, the development of social and interpersonal skills is considered equally important. Students have over ninety clubs to choose from inside the school. These clubs cover arts, outdoor education and a variety of sports.

With a team of highly trained and qualified educators, GEMS Wellington International School Dubai delivers high-quality education that nurtures the abilities of children. Focusing on the all-round development of students, the educational institution encourages pupils to participate in extracurricular activities.

The school supports its highly qualified educators to be more innovative and use different teaching techniques. It also provides a handful of tools and resources to its teachers to make the whole process more effective.

The school is also well known for its academic excellence. The school website publishes the results. In the academic year 2019, the school’s pass rate is 98% in the recently held IB diploma exams

School Details

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

For the new academic year, all classrooms at GEMS Wellington School will be disinfected and thoroughly sanitised. Staff and student must get their temperatures checked at the entry point. Face mask and gloves and mandatory for everyone including staff, teachers and students.

The KHDA and GEMS Education approved the school reopening plan.
The safety of all students across all age groups is the number one priority at WIS. The school is committed to adhering to all Health and Safety regulations.


The aim is to provide quality and uncompromised education by making changes in the delivery method. The school ensures that lessons are supporting the progress of children, whether delivered in the classroom or via the Blending Learning or Remote Learning models.

Years Offered at GEMS Wellington International School

GEMS Wellington International School offers education from Foundation Stage 1 till Year 13.

Key Stage
Age
Key Stage
FS-1 and FS-2
Age
3 – 5
Key Stage
Key Stage 1
Age
5 – 7
Key Stage
Key Stage 2
Age
7 – 10
Key Stage
Key Stage 3
Age
11 – 14
Key Stage
Key Stage 4
Age
15 – 16
Key Stage
Sixth Form
Age
16 – 18

GEMS Wellington International School Curriculum

GEMS Wellington International School follows the British education style, its curriculum is based upon the framework of the National Curriculum of England. For Year 12 and Year 13, the academy offers the International Baccalaureate curriculum.

The curriculum places an emphasis on innovative and thorough learning for each child. The broad and flexible curriculum meets the needs of each individual. Offering an engaging and stimulating environment — it motivates students to be critical thinkers. Through enquiry based learning, the programme focuses on building the research and communication skills of the students.

The medium of instruction is English. It is mandatory to also learn Arabic. However, non-native speakers can opt for the basic version of the subject as a second language, while Arab students have to study the more intensive Arabic A syllabus.

The main subjects taught in the GEMS Wellington International Dubai include:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Creative Curriculum
  • Arabic
  • Islamic Studies
  • Social Studies

Students are familiarised with the use of technology from a young age. The use of gadgets such as iPads, laptops and desktops is common right from the primary years.

Students engaged in curricular activity at GEMS Wellington International School
The curriculum emphasizes innovative and thorough learning for each child. (Image Credits: GEMS Wellington International School Website)

Foundation Stage 

The early years’ education at GEMS Wellington International School comprises of Foundation Stage 1 and Foundation Stage 2. These are for children who are aged between three to five years. The learning programme focuses on activities that are exciting and enjoyable and engage the children in many unique ways. 

Children build their imaginative, learning and socialising skills during their early years and this is then carried forward as they grow older. Offering a stimulating and safe environment for students, the school motivates them to question and discover new things. Kids are closely monitored while they are playing. Children learn through the following seven areas:

  • Understanding the world
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Expressive Arts and Design
  • Mathematics
  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Key Stage 1: Years 1 and 2

Catering the needs of each pupil, the learning programme for Year 1 and Year 2 is interesting and vibrant. The curriculum is designed based on the Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum for England.

Qualified educators GEMS Wellington International School engage students in an array of exciting activities which help them discover their dormant abilities. ICT is a part of the programme that amplifies learning. The educational institution focuses on pragmatic and purposeful learning.

Key Stage 2: Years 3 to Year 6

Key Stage 2 — a 4 year-long learning programme, builds goal-oriented, focused and innovative students who are ready to take on the challenges of life. The educational institution ensures that teachers are implementing the curriculum in a way that it is fulfilling the needs of each individual.

Developing strong communication and teamwork skills — students socialise with fellow pupils and engage in different programmes such as group projects and team-leading activities.

Just like Key Stage 1, ICT is also integrated into Key Stage 2. Technology strengthens pupils innovative and creative skills and sets a strong base for upcoming technology-related courses.

Key Stage 3 Year 7 to Year 9

The learning programme of Key Stage 3 is carefully planned to prepare children for Key Stage 4. Students have an input into the planning and evaluation of their own learning and review progress against personal targets that they set for their own learning. Specialised sports, music, language and performance opportunities increase, allowing children to have a variety of broad experiences while being able to specialise in areas of strength and talent.

  • Mathematics (Students start the IGCSE in Year 9)
  • English (Language & Literature Pathways, students start the GCSE in Year 9)
  • Science
  • Computer Science
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Islamic Studies
  • Arabic A & B
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Social Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Physical Education

Key Stage 4 – Years 10 & 11

The Key Stage 4 curriculum is wide and flexible so children can explore and learn a range of possibilities before they enter Post-16 education. The learning programme is specially tailored so that pupils can prepare for upcoming challenges and make the best out of future opportunities. 

Broadening the perspectives of students, the courses motivate them to learn new things. The school works closely with students and their parents. The learning programme is customised for each pupil.

GCSE is the acronym for General Certificate of Secondary Education. Following are core subjects that all students are required to study:

  • Accelerated Triple Science (=3 GCSE Grades) or Combined Science(= 2 GCSE Grades)
  • Mathematics (=1 GCSE Grade), Further Mathematics (=1 GCSE Grade)
  • Core PE (non-GCSE, not examined)
  • English Language & English Literature = 2 GCSE Grades

This leads to 5 GCSEs for all students and the possibility of up to 7 GCSEs for accelerated Mathematics and Science students.

In addition to the core subjects, pupils need to study the following courses as well as directed by the Ministry of Education.

  • Moral Education Programme (MEP)
  • Social Studies
  • Arabic as a First Language for Arabic passport holders
  • All Muslim students must continue to study Islamic Studies

Students need to choose at least four optional courses:

  • Business: International BTEC Level 2
  • Art & Design
  • Creative Media Production
  • Business Studies IGCSE Cambridge
  • Computer Science
  • GCSE Dance
  • Drama
  • Design & Technology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Media Studies
  • French Language
  • German Language
  • Spanish Language
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Photography
  • Psychology

International Baccalaureate

The IB Programme at GEMS Wellington International School features a pre-university curriculum that is designed to prepare students for top universities. It is a temporary phase after Key Stage 4 that focuses on developing the students holistically. The school realises that in a world where competition is enormous to get a place in the top universities, having a unique and well-developed student profile is essential. 

The diploma has three core elements

  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
  • Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)
  • The Extended Essay (EE)

Pupils pick 3 subjects at Standard Level (SL). These courses consist of 15 hours of teaching time over the time of 2 years. Upon reaching the Higher Level (HL), pupils again have to pick three subjects. These comprise of 24 hours of teaching time. 

It is compulsory for Higher Level Maths students to study four courses at Higher Level.

There are 6 groups in the IB programme which are as follows:

Group 1 – English
  •  English Language & Literature HL /SL
Group 2 – Languages
  • German Ab Initio SL
  • Arabic HL/SL
  • Spanish HL/SL and Ab Initio SL
  • French HL/SL and Ab Initio SL
  • Italian Ab Initio SL

NOTE: No prior language skills are required for the chosen language. Pupils who took a language course at the earlier level cannot take the same course at the AB level.

Group 3 – Individuals and Society
  • Economics HL/SL
  • Geography HL/ SL
  • Business and Management HL/SL
  • Psychology HL/ SL
  • History HL/SL
  • Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) HL/SL
  • Global Politics HL/SL
Group 4 – Experimental Sciences
  • Environmental Systems and Society SL (only)
  • Biology HL/SL
  • Physics HL/SL
  • Nature of Science SL (only)
  • Sports, Health and Exercise Science HL/SL
  • Computer Science HL/SL
  • Chemistry HL/SL
Group 5 – Mathematics
  • Mathematics HL 
  • Mathematics SL
Group 6 – The Arts
  • Film HL/SL
  • Music HL/SL 
  • Visual Arts HL/SL

Please Note: With a selection of subjects to choose from, students are free to pick the courses of their choice.

DISTANCE LEARNING AT GEMS WILLINGTON INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

GEMS Wellington International School is offering 100% on-site education for Year 2 to Year 4 and a Blended Learning model for other students.
In line with the KHDA directive, this GEMS school also offers a 100% Remote Learning option for students and families that prefer and request for it.

KHDA Rating

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) is the government entity responsible for inspecting private schools in Dubai with judgments made on a six-point scale of Outstanding, Very Good, Good, Acceptable, Weak and Very Weak.

KHDA's 6-point rating scale
KHDA’s rating scale explained

Emphasising on maintaining a high standard of education, KHDA also examines the happiness and wellbeing of students and educators.

Continuously, striving to provide comprehensive learning for its students, the school has consistently achieved ‘Good’ rating for the past few years. 

GEMS Wellington International School KHDA rating for year 2018-2019 is ‘Outstanding’. With an excellent teacher-student ratio of 1:10, the school is home to over 962 students.

Here’s a history of the KHDA ratings for GEMS Wellington International School so far:

Year
Rating
Year
2008-2009
Rating
Good
Year
2009-2019
Rating
Outstanding

According to the inspection report, the selection of superior resources and provision of a spacious learning environment played a great role in achieving these good remarks. The school fosters the personal development of pupils which results in more inclusivity and a positive atmosphere. Providing great care to students, educators are highly trained qualified. Foundation Stage features a strong and versatile learning programme with an exciting and interesting environment.

However, a few improvements as pointed out by KHDA, are required in Arabic as an additional language. Also, the school should closely monitor that the standard of the school’s curriculum is delivered to pupils explicitly.

Academic Calendar for GEMS Wellington International School

  • The first term starts in the last week of August with a mid-term break in the third week of October. The term finally ends in the second week of December
  • After enjoying a 3-week holiday, students are expected to return for the second term in the first week of January. This semester also has a 1-week mid-term break usually in the third week of February. The second term ends with examinations in the fourth week of March.
  • After a 2-week spring break, the third and final term starts in the third week of April and continues until the second week of July.

Kindly note that exact dates are subjected to change due to National and Islamic holidays. For more information, view the academic calendar for GEMS Wellington International School.

Admission and Fees

How to Apply to GEMS Wellington International School?

To apply for admission at GEMS Wellington International School — parents will have to pay a non-refundable fee of AED 525 inclusive of VAT charges as well. One can pay the fee in AED cash, bank transfer or cheque.

You will need the below-mentioned documents to apply for admission:

  • One copy of the applicant’s passport
  • Applicant’s visa copy
  • Immunisation certificate copy
  • Birth certificate of the student ( it should be either in English or Arabic)
  • Sponsor passport copy
  • Medical declaration and information form
  • One copy of sponsor Emirate ID
  • A report of student’s performance in the last two years
  • One copy of sponsor visa 

Additional information required with the online registration form:

  • Parent’s complete contact details and emergency telephone number
  • Confirmation of necessary child vaccination
  • Updated information on medical condition or allergies of the applicant

Entry Criteria

GEMS Wellington International School, Dubai provides equal opportunities to children of all nationalities regardless of their religion or ethnicity. The educational institution is known for providing a healthy and secure environment for its students. However, the school’s admission criteria are competitive and the reports of student’s previous school are carefully examined by the teaching. Students who are applying for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) require a minimum standard in their GCSE or equivalent.

After the applicant is offered a place at GEMS Wellington International School, the academy will request you to present a transfer certificate for student’s previous school. 

An original TC is required on school’s letterhead that is signed and stamped by the principal. 

The medium of language must be English or Arabic. Students coming from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Europe, USA and UAE don’t need to provide an attested certificate, whereas applicants from other countries will have to provide a TC which is attested by: 

  • UAE Embassy
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Applicants who belong to Dubai are required to request KHDA a transfer certificate from his previous school — whereas students from other emirates need to get the TC attested by the Ministry of Education. 

Fee Structure at GEMS Wellington International School

Method of Payment: Cheque, Cash, Card, Online fee payment

Number of Terms: 3

GEMS Wellington International School fees are as follows:

Grade
Term 1 Fee
Term 2 Fee
Term 3 Fee
Annual Fee
Grade
FS-1
Term 1 Fee
AED 17,577
Term 2 Fee
AED 13,182
Term 3 Fee
AED 13,182
Annual Fee
AED 43,941
Grade
FS-2
Term 1 Fee
AED 22,136
Term 2 Fee
AED 16,605
Term 3 Fee
AED 16,605
Annual Fee
AED 55,346
Grade
Year 1
Term 1 Fee
AED 22,136
Term 2 Fee
AED 16,605
Term 3 Fee
AED 16,605
Annual Fee
AED 55,346
Grade
Year 2
Term 1 Fee
AED 22,136
Term 2 Fee
AED 16,605
Term 3 Fee
AED 16,605
Annual Fee
AED 55,346
Grade
Year 3
Term 1 Fee
AED 22,136
Term 2 Fee
AED 16,605
Term 3 Fee
AED 16,605
Annual Fee
AED 55,346
Grade
Year 4
Term 1 Fee
AED 22,136
Term 2 Fee
AED 16,605
Term 3 Fee
AED 16,605
Annual Fee
AED 55,346
Grade
Year 5
Term 1 Fee
AED 22,136
Term 2 Fee
AED 16,605
Term 3 Fee
AED 16,605
Annual Fee
AED 55,346
Grade
Year 6
Term 1 Fee
AED 22,136
Term 2 Fee
AED 16,605
Term 3 Fee
AED 16,605
Annual Fee
AED 55,346
Grade
Year 7
Term 1 Fee
AED 30,526
Term 2 Fee
AED 22,893
Term 3 Fee
AED 22,893
Annual Fee
AED 76,312
Grade
Year 8
Term 1 Fee
AED 30,526
Term 2 Fee
AED 22,893
Term 3 Fee
AED 22,893
Annual Fee
AED 76,312
Grade
Year 9
Term 1 Fee
AED 30,526
Term 2 Fee
AED 22,893
Term 3 Fee
AED 22,893
Annual Fee
AED 76,312
Grade
Year 10
Term 1 Fee
AED 34,348
Term 2 Fee
AED 25,761
Term 3 Fee
AED 25,761
Annual Fee
AED 85,870
Grade
Year 11
Term 1 Fee
AED 34,348
Term 2 Fee
AED 25,761
Term 3 Fee
AED 25,761
Annual Fee
AED 85,870
Grade
Year 12
Term 1 Fee
AED 38,237
Term 2 Fee
AED 28,680
Term 3 Fee
AED 28,680
Annual Fee
AED 95,597
Grade
Year 13
Term 1 Fee
AED 38,237
Term 2 Fee
AED 28,680
Term 3 Fee
AED 28,680
Annual Fee
AED 95,597

The registration fee is refundable only if the school does not offer the candidate a place. It is not deductible from the tuition fee if the applicant is offered a place at the school.

Scholarships at GEMS Wellington International School

GEMS Wellington International School scholarships are offered to deserving students who consistently outperform others and set benchmarks for at least three years. If a pupil has secured a position in the top 95th percentile and is committed to learning and improving his grades, they can apply for a scholarship. These are available for students from Grade 6 (Year 7). Below are some highlights of the scholarship process.

GEMS Wellington International School Dubai scholarships
GEMS Education offers scholarships to deserving students who consistently outperform others and set benchmarks for at least three years. (Image Credits: GEMS Wellington International Facebook Page)
  • The application form is assessed by GEMS
  • The candidate has to complete the outcomes of non-verbal and verbal reasoning tests
  • The written examination is assessed by GEMS School
  • The full report is evaluated by GEMS from the candidate’s present school
  • The student will be interviewed by the principal of the GEMS school to see the candidate’s passion and commitment
  • Finally, the students are interviewed by the GEMS scholarship committee 

School Facilities

Lunch Options at GEMS Wellington International School

A selection of refreshments is offered by the school cafe in a multipurpose area. The multipurpose space is also utilised as a hall to hold informal meetings.

The educational institution encourages students to bring healthy and nutritious lunch.

School Transportation at GEMS Wellington International School

The school transportation of GEMS Wellington International School Dubai is managed by School Transportation Services LLC (STS) — an award-winning transport service provider in Dubai. The company follows safety standards and regulations that are set by the Road Transportation Authority of Dubai. Each vehicle is fully integrated with scanners, video surveillance system and global positioning systems which ensure the attendance and safety of kids.

It is operated by trained and experienced professionals. The drivers are thoroughly trained to follow the rules and regulations. STS provides transportation in many areas including Al Barsha, Dubai Internet City, Al Quoz, Downtown Dubai, Business Bay, JLT and many more. You can check your route here.

Mobile: +971-55-220-7487
E-mail: cce-wis@stss.ae

Boarding Facility at GEMS Wellington International School

GEMS Wellington International School does not provide any boarding facilities as it is not a boarding school

Holiday Camps at GEMS Wellington International School

The holiday camps at GEMS Wellington International School is provided through ESM Sports Management. They provide a range of sports-related activities for these camps at extra costs. Students who are enrolled at any of the GEMS schools can avail a 30% discount.

Sports Facilities

At GEMS Wellington International School sports activities have an essential part in the educational journey of students. The school encourages students to follow a healthy active lifestyle.

All students are motivated to engage in sports activities regardless of their skill level. The school believes in providing a healthy and safe environment for students where they can explore their talents and develop their skills.

  • Gymnasium
  • Play equipment areas
  • Primary sports hall
  • Health and fitness studio
  • Outdoor pool
  • Cricket nets
  • Tennis, basketball, netball and volleyball courts
  • Floodlit astroturf
  • Large, multi-purpose sports hall
  • 25m indoor swimming pool
Running track at GEMS Wellington International School
All students are motivated to engage in different sports activities (Image credits: GEMS Wellington International Facebook Page)

Extra-curricular Activities at GEMS Wellington International School

Offering a different extracurricular — GEMS Wellington International School believes that learning beyond the academic curriculum plays a crucial role in keeping the mind and body active and healthy. Following extracurricular activities are included in students’ journey:

  • Performing arts
  • Leadership development
  • Creative subjects
Students of GEMS Wellington International School engaged in co-curricular activities
Extra-curricular activities play a major role in the development of students at GEMS Wellington International School. (Image credits: GEMS Wellington International School Facebook Page)

GEMS Wellington International School has also the provision of ESM paid activities. ESM/East Sports Management is a recognised sports services provider in the U.A.E. The programs offered include tennis, football, swimming, cricket, rugby and climbing

The other external provider at the GEMS Wellington International School is DELTA Learning. The following are the list of programs offered by DELTA

Professional Chess Class
Numerical Methods
Blended Math & English
Horse Riding at Sustainable City Equestrian Club
STEM
Golf Junior Coaching Program
Russian Beginner Language Class
Russian Advanced Class
Coding Adventures
Italian Mother Tongue Language Class

Field Trips from GEMS Wellington International School

The GEMS Wellington International School delivers The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. This is an international well-known award for gifted children aged 14-24-year-olds. The award prepares students to extend their learning outside the classroom. The award is a voluntary and engaging set of activities and demands consistent endeavour over time. As part of this award students of GEMS Wellington International School are taken camping giving students lessons on life skills. 

Apart from these, students of Year 7 were taken to Kite Beach to participate in the Dubai Fitness Challenge.

Students of GEMS Wellington International School on a field trip
GEMS Wellington International School takes students to different field trips. (Image credits: GEMS Wellington International Facebook Page)

After-school Care at GEMS Wellington International School

Currently, the school has only after school activities club available for students that are provided by external provider ESM. The school does not permit students to wait at school to attend a club that starts later in the day. Parents are requested to arrange drop off and collection of their child for their school activity.

Medical Care at GEMS Wellington International School

The healthcare centre of GEMS Wellington International School is situated beyond the sports hall on the ground level. Children are given medical care and treated quickly through medication (after the consent of parents) to relieve pain and minor ailments. Parents are needed to sign the consent of providing medicines to children when they are ill. 

Parents also have to fill the medical form when admitting their child into the school. It is crucial that the school knows about the medical conditions of the candidate beforehand.

The school has qualified nurses to deal with emergency situations. Guardians are informed immediately if the child faces any uncertain situation. Moreover, if the situation is severe, the pupil is taken to the hospital straight away. 

Contact

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

Parents play a pivotal role in the growth of a student. Timely informing about the progress of pupils, GEMS Wellington International School, Dubai believes in keeping close communication with parents. The academy has an open-door policy that encourages guardians to visit the school at any time.

The school also organises consultation evenings where teachers report on the progress of the child and give advice on how they can improve. Regular presentations are also held at the school offering a wide range of topics for parents to discuss and learn from in terms of improving their child’s education journey. 

WISPA (GEMS Wellington International School Parents’ Association) is a proactive parental body that supports the school. This body provides its voluntary services in all school activities such as organising social, academic, performance, sporting and fund-raising events.

Class Communication Coordinators through the primary school, are linked to each class. They communicate information on class WhatsApp groups. Important updates are also shared on Parents Portal of Gems Wellington International School.

GEMS Wellington International School Contact Information

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