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Wellington Academy Dubai

School name Wellington Academy Dubai
Type of institute private profit-making K-12 school
Curriculum or Student Nationality UK
Qualifications or Courses NC, GCSE, IB
Head of school Michael Gernon (Principal and CEO)
Executive body or owner GEMS Education, Varkey Group
Date founded September 2011
Number of students (approx) 1,000
Number of staff (approx)
School area, location map Dubai Silicon Oasis - location map
Postal address PO Box 8607, Dubai, UAE
Telephone +971-4-3424040
Fax +971-4-3424412
Email contactus_wso@gemsedu.com
Website www.gemswis-dso.com
School fees structure 31,000-70,000 dhs per year (2013-2014)
Teacher salary range 7,000 - 18,400 dhs per month (estimate only)
Student satisfaction rating
3.5 stars from 39 votes.    
Parent satisfaction rating
2 stars from 64 votes.    
Teacher job satisfaction rating
(by teachers, not about teachers)
1.5 stars from 55 votes.    

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GEMS Wellington Academy Dubai Silicon Oasis (GWA, GWAD, GWADSO) tuition fee structure and general information

See also another GWA - the Wellington Academy Al Khail (opening date September 2013).

Grade/Year FS1 FS2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Annual fees (AED) 2013-2014 31,000 38,500 38,500 38,500 38,500 38,500 38,500 38,500 62,000 62,000 62,000 64,000 64,000 70,000           
Annual fees (AED) 2012-2013 31,000 38,500 38,500 38,500 38,500 38,500 38,500 38,500 62,000 62,000 62,000 64,000 64,000 70,000  
Annual fees (AED) 2011-2012 31,000 38,500 38,500 38,500 38,500 38,500 38,500 38,500 62,000 62,000 62,000 64,000 64,000 70,000  

Fees approved by the UAE MOE (Ministry of Education), not the Dubai education department (KHDA), apparently. Which might result in conflicting information about permitted fee increases in Dubai.

  • 2013-2014 - registration fee AED 500 (non-refundable), admission fee AED 7,500 (non-refundable but deducted from term 1 fees), re-enrolment fee AED 2,500 (non-refundable). Bus transport (within Dubai) AED 4,600-8,100 per year (return trips), one way trips AED 3,250-5,700 if places available.
  • Year 10 classes (Key Stage 4, GCSE) start September 2012, Year 12 classes (Lower Sixth Forum, IB Diploma and IB Certificate) start September 2013.
  • Additional (or new?) email address is contactus_wso@gemsedu.com (previously was info.wis-dso@gemseducation.com). Fax number not supplied (not confirmed).
  • Postal address not supplied - PO Box 8607 Dubai is for several companies, including GEMS Education, Chicago Maintenance and Construction Company, and/or International Healthcare Management Systems.
  • Location of school is in Dubai Silicon Oasis, GPS co-ordinates 25°7'4.03"N, 55°23'18.10"E (25.117399, 55.387639).
Teaching jobs at GEMS Wellington Academy DSO
30 July 2013
  • GEMS is opening another Wellington Academy - off Al Khail Road. Opening date September 2013 for KG-Grade 6.
  • New head of GWA Silicon Oasis is Michael Gernon (Principal and CEO). Previously was Martin Clark.
  • GWA has been awarded IB World School status by the IB Organisation (IBO) as of June 2013, and is authorized to offer the IB Diploma program from June 2013.
12 October 2010
  • Principal / Headteacher /CEO is no longer (or won't be) Martin Clark? The TES is advertising the position of Founding Principal for GEMS Wellington Academy.
  • Opening date of school is September 2011 (delayed again), and they will now offer IB also according to advertisement - GEMS Wellington Academy - Dubai Silicon Oasis, ... Opening in September 2011 the school will offer the National Curriculum for England and the International Baccalaureate Diploma ...
20 August 2009
  • GEMS WA website says opening date for the Wellington Academy in Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) is September 2010 (when first announced it was expected to be September 2008).
  • School will initially open for Foundation Stage to Year 8 students, expanding by one grade each year until it reaches Year 13.
09 May 2009
  • Full name is GEMS Wellington Academy (GWA?), or GEMS Wellington Academy - Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO).
  • GWA is the new GEMS school in DSO, expected to open in September 2009 (delayed from September 2008 opening). Was previously being called the GEMS DSO Smart School. Unknown if it will still be smart.
  • GWA is, or was, also called GEMS Wellington International School? Which would have been confusing since there is already a Wellington International School in Dubai, also run by GEMS.
  • Location will be handy for all the Emirates pilots living in the Silicon Oasis villa compound, and others living in the new Silicon Oasis apartment blocks.
  • Classes initially from Foundation Stage (FS1) to Year 8 (ages 3-13 years), eventually up to Year 13 by 2014 if one grade per year added.
  • Capacity for 2,200 students according to original GEMS press release in 2007.
  • National Curriculum for England used, previous press release said IB Diploma at senior levels was being considered but an email from GEMS later on suggested that might not be the case any longer.
  • Facilities will include athletics track, auditorium with seating for 550 people, basketball and volleyball courts, cyber cafe, Sixth Form study area with wireless internet, swimming pool, soccer field, specialist labs and rooms for art, music, and science.
  • Website www.gemswis-dso.com still under construction.
  • Contact details at new school location not available. Contact Kavita Jaichandani for GEMS WA information according to the GWA website, tel: +971-4-3477770,
  • Principal's name on GWA website is Martin Clark, but Mr Clark is currently head of Jumeirah College, another GEMS school. Contact email: martin.clark@gemseducation.com?
  • No fees information available. Sign outside construction site said a "GEMS Premium School" so presumably fees will be premium level also. Maybe AED 40,000-60,000, rising to 80k-100k for senior levels when they get started (GEMS World Academy - Dubai, another GEMS VIP K-12 school has tuition fees of AED53k-92k for 2008-2009).
  • Other schools nearby in Dubai Academic City include Dubai English Speaking College, the Dubai French School, and the Dubai German School.
Schools in the same area as Wellington Academy Dubai
School Name Founded   Tel    Level  Curriculum Qualifications School Fees Comments
Horizon School Dubai   1992   +971-4-3422891   primary  UK NC 26,220-35,210  HSD comments 
International Indian High School Dubai   April 2011   +971-4-3423909   primary  Indian CBSE 8,300-14,000  IIHSD comments 

 

Last update 05 August 2013
General comments - might not apply to Wellington Academy Dubai
  • Many popular schools are full for 2014-2015. New schools in Dubai might have places.
  • Allow extra for books, extra-curricular activities, uniforms, trips, etc if not included in school fees.
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