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Westminster School Dubai

School name Westminster School Dubai
Type of institute private profit-making K-12 school
Curriculum or Student Nationality Arabic, Islamic, UK
Qualifications or Courses A-level, IGCSE
Head of school Neville Sherman (principal)
Executive body or owner GEMS Education / Varkey Group
Date founded 1995
Number of students (approx) 4800
Number of staff (approx)
School area, location map Al Ghusais - location map
Postal address PO Box 27016, Dubai, UAE
Telephone +971-4-2988333
Fax +971-4-2988603
Email westmnst@emirates.net.ae
Website www.gemsws-ghusais.com
School fees structure 5,235-10,178 dhs per year (2011-2012)
Teacher salary range 1,200 - 2,700 dhs per month (estimate only)
Student satisfaction rating
3.5 stars from 445 votes.    
Parent satisfaction rating
3.5 stars from 93 votes.    
Teacher job satisfaction rating
(by teachers, not about teachers)
3 stars from 124 votes.    
KHDA school inspection report ratings
2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012
acceptable acceptable acceptable acceptable

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The Westminster School (TWS) Dubai (GEMS Westminster School Dubai, GWS, GWSD, GTWS) tuition fee structure, general information and review
Grade/Year KG1 KG2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Monthly tuition fees 2012-2013 520 520 645 645 645 645 645 645 695 695 820 820 1010 1010 1010
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2012-2013 5,235 5,235 6,467 6,467 6,467 6,467 6,467 6,467 6,979 6,979 8,212 8,212 10,178 10,178 10,178
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2011-2012 5,235 5,235 6,467 6,467 6,467 6,467 6,467 6,467 6,979 6,979 8,212 8,212 10,178 10,178 10,178
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2010-2011 5,235 5,235 6,467 6,467 6,467 6,467 6,467 6,467 6,979 6,979 8,212 8,212 10,178 10,178 10,178
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2009-2010 5,235 5,235 6,467 6,467 6,467 6,467 6,467 6,467 6,979 6,979 8,212 8,212 10,178 10,178 10,178
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2008-2009 4,802 4,802 5,933 5,933 5,933 5,933 5,933 5,933 6,403 6,403 7,534 7,534 9,338 9,338 9,338
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2007-2008 4,802 4,802 5,933 5,933 5,933 5,933 5,933 5,933 6,403 6,403 7,534 7,534 9,338 9,338 9,338
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2006-2007 4,802 4,802 5,933 5,933 5,933 5,933 5,933 5,933 6,403 6,403 7,534 7,534 9,338 9,338 9,338
  • 2012-2013 fees information not supplied. Please send fee structure to education@dubaifaqs.com. Fees information in italics not confirmed.
  • 2011-2012 Registration fee AED 350, admission fee AED 300, medical fee AED 50 (annual), activities and sports fee AED 100 (annual), diary and report card fee AED 15 (annual), library fee AED 100 (annual, not for KG1 to Year 5), laboratory fee AED 100-150 (annual, not for KG), computer fee AED 20 (monthly, not for KG).
  • Monthly fee amounts are for October to June. September payment is slightly higher.
  • TWS-Dubai founded in 1995 according to GEMS but established in 1988 according to KHDA inspection report of April 2009.
  • Location is in Al Ghusais 1 (Al Qusais First), near the School of Research Science.
05 May 2013
  • The Westminster School in Al Ghusais Dubai is not closing after all. The KHDA announced that GEMS had withdrawn its notification to close the school and its application for a fee increase.
  • The KHDA announcement included a statement from Mohammed Darwish, Chief of Regulations and Compliance Commission at the KHDA, who said "The initial application to close TWS was a business decision made by GEMS and was processed in line with KHDA regulations. Following a secondary review, the organisation has withdrawn the application to close and the school will stay open."
  • A statement from GEMS said GEMS would like to acknowledge the parents and students of the school for understanding and support over the past few months. The passion they have displayed for their school has been extraordinary. In consultation with the KHDA, the Westminster School will continue operations with no change to tuition fees for the academic year 2013-14.
  • The statment (or person) also said "Parents who have paid registration fees for other GEMS schools for the next academic year will have their fees refunded if they wish to remain at TWS."
20 December 2012
  • The Gulf News reported that GEMS would submit a new fee structure to the KHDA with the objective being to keep the school open, as a result of parents protesting the closure and signing a petition. The report didn't say if that was what GEMS was hoping for when they announced the school closure a few days earlier. GEMS does have a history of implementing fee increases despite UAE authorities freezing fees or restricting the amount by which they can be increased.
  • The report quoted an anonymous GEMS spokesperson as saying "Over the past few days we have received many calls from Westminster parents indicating that they would pay up to double the fees in order to keep the school open, which would be in line with many other low cost schools. Based on this feedback we have now submitted a new fee structure to the KHDA requesting a special concession to increase fees in a phased approach of four years."
16 December 2012 - Westminster School Dubai closing down
  • Westminster School in Dubai is closing in June 2014 according to a letter sent to parents, which said "Sadly and with regret, it is therefore our intention to close The Westminster School Dubai with effect from June 2014. KHDA has provided the necessary approvals."
  • The reasons for decision appeared to be because GEMS were unhappy with the fee levels and KHDA inspection ratings - the letter said "While both GEMS and the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau (DSIB) have noted improvements, the judgement by DSIB on the schools performance remains ‘acceptable’, even after four years of inspections and despite rising examination results. At The Westminster School, over the past five years the average fee increase, per annum, has been just 167 dirhams. That equates to around 13 dirhams a month. For two of the past five years there has been no fee increase at all." ...
  • ... Which makes it sound like GEMS or TWS wants sympathy or respect for not increasing fees every year. GEMS neglects to mention that they are the only school operator in Dubai which has managed to get around KHDA fee increase restrictions in the past 5 years by effectively going behind the back of the KHDA (the Dubai Government education regulator) and applying to the UAE Ministry of Education for permission to increase fees.
  • However, GEMS had given warning of its intention to close schools charging low fees. In March 2010 when the KHDA announced (or requested) a freeze on school fees in Dubai, the Chairman of GEMS, Mr Sunny Varkey, issued a statement that blamed teacher salaries for inability to run cheap schools, saying "Today, we have come to a stage where it is impossible to run old schools at less than half the price of the new ones because we have been losing our quality teachers to the new schools on account of our inability to offer competitive salaries."
  • His observation is sort of correct (using the word "inability" is inaccurate - the KHDA or MOE has not imposed restrictions on teacher salary increases), however, some or most teachers at GEMS schools might disagree that salaries are competitive, even at the newer schools, and there are reports that when GEMS schools do get permission to increase fees, there is no, or almost no, increase in teacher salaries anyway.
03 April 2012
  • GEMS is building another Westminster School in Sharjah.
21 September 2008
  • The Westminster School domain www.tws-dxb.sch.ae forwards to www.gemsws-ghusais.com. TWS website also at www.gemseducation.com. Also called The West Minster School?
  • New principal at TWS? Previous principal was David Morrison? TWS website has both names as principal.

Schools in or near Al Ghusais close to Westminster School Dubai

School name Founded   Tel    Level  Curriculum Qualifications School fees Reviews
Al Maaref Private School Dubai   1987   +971-4-2988881   K-12  Arabic, UAE, US 8,950-25,750   
American International School Dubai   September 2003   +971-4-2988666   K-12  Arabic, Canadian, US MOE UAE, US HS Diploma 11,000-17,500  AISD reviews 
Capital School Dubai   September 2014   +971-4-2988776   K-12  UK AS, A-level, IGCSE, NC 30,000-42,000  CSD reviews 
Crescent School Dubai   1984   +971-4-2988866   K-12  Indian CBSE, Kerala 2,350-8,500  CSD reviews 
Dubai National School Al Twar   April 2000   +971-4-2988555   K-12  UAE, US HS Diploma, UAE MOE 18,000-29,000   
Dubai Scholars Private School   1976   +971-4-2988892   K-12  Indian/UK O-level, A-level 11,009-20,000   
Ehsan Iranian Special Needs School      +971-4-2988173     Iranian   
Millennium School Dubai   2000   +971-4-2988567   K-12  Indian CBSE, iCBSE 14,045-20,654   
Salman Farsi School      +971-4-2988121   K-12  Iranian 1,750-3,150  SFS reviews 
Sheikh Rashid Pakistan School   April 1995   +971-4-2988303   K-12  Pakistan FBISE SSC 2,680-5,360  SRPS reviews 


Last update 19 December 2012
General comments - might not apply to Westminster School Dubai
  • Many popular schools are full for 2018-2019. 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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