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UK heritage school to set up Dubai campus next year

Nandini Sircar/Dubai
Filed on November 3, 2020

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RGS Guildford is consistently ranked as one of the top schools in the UK at both A Level and GCSE.

A 500-year-old British heritage school is set to open its new campus in Dubai next year.

The Royal Grammar School Guildford (RGS Guildford), one of the most prestigious independent British curriculum schools in the UK, will open its doors in the emirate in September 2021.

RGS Guildford is consistently ranked as one of the top schools in the UK at both A Level and GCSE.

RGS Guildford Dubai will provide a co-education for boys and girls aged three to 18 and will be led by founding principal Craig Lamshed.

The founding principal said: “I cannot wait to welcome pupils and parents through RGS Guildford Dubai doors in 2021 to what will be a fantastic school and an amazing educational experience for our community. We have a genuine interest in our pupil relationships as we believe this is what promotes happiness and wellbeing in school. RGS Guildford Dubai’s stellar curriculum is entwined with the school’s core values and will provide a platform for pupils to reach their full potential, irrespective of their passion.”

The new school will be located within Majid Al Futtaim’s flagship Dubai community, Tilal Al Ghaf, adjacent to Hessa Street, between Dubai Motor City and Sports City. The sprawling 40,000 square metres campus will be able to accommodate 2,100 pupils. The light and dynamic building will include a 25-metre competition standard swimming pool and state-of-the-art classrooms and labs that will support science, art, languages, music and more.

Dr Jon Cox, headmaster of RGS Guildford in the UK, said: “Investing in the very best teachers, consistently and across the entire school, is a top priority for RGS Guildford Dubai, to ensure that our pupils achieve top-level results and to build a culture and community that holds our children at its heart.”

Cox added: “Dubai is a global city which is renowned for its diversity and dynamic mindset – qualities which have inspired RGS Guildford for hundreds of years. To prepare our pupils for the challenges of the 21st century, we must lead by example, staying true to our values, collaborating with others, innovating and striving always to be the very best we can be. RGS Guildford Dubai is a central part of allowing us to realise this vision.”

nandini@khaleejtimes.com





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