Opened in 2011, GEMS Wellington Academy, Silicon Oasis (WSO) is a Premium British School located in a prestigious area of Dubai. The school already has over 4200 students from FS1 to Y12; although the Academy is large, it is effectively broken down into much smaller sections. There are currently 2880 in the Primary School, which is at full capacity. The Secondary School has a current roll of 1366 with the KS3 years near to full capacity. Each School occupies its own building across the Academy Campus, which can accommodate over 6000 students at full capacity.
The Academy focus is ‘World Class – World Ready’; to support this, we have truly world class and stunning facilities – a simply superb environment for the students to grow, learn and succeed. Virtually all teaching staff are either British or Irish; they operate at a very high level with expectations of teaching and professional development which are advanced and exciting.
First and foremost, the Academy is a very caring and happy place; philosophically, nothing matters more than the children’s happiness and safety. We deliver British curriculum from the Foundation Stages through to Year 11. At post-16, we offer the IB, with pathways to study either the Diploma Programme or the Career Related Programme. University success rates are high, with the (i)GCSE results easily exceeding UK averages. The Academy demonstrated exceptional levels of innovation both in technology and its pedagogy; therefore, some of the best practice from across the world is blended into our programme.
The Academy benefits from children who come from over 100 different nationalities, which adds wonderfully to the rich diversity of backgrounds and experiences. A significant emphasis is placed on the Academy’s co-curricular programme; in particular, performing arts, sport and outdoor education.