Royal visit also marks GEMS Wellington schools’ 10 year anniversary
Dubai, UAE: His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent officially inaugurated GEMS Wellington Academy – Al Khail, in a formal ceremony today with Founding families, students, parents and teachers of the school, as well as Managing Director and Board Member of GEMS Education Dino Varkey, and other Senior Leaders from GEMS.
After a ribbon cutting and plaque unveiling Prince Michael toured the school, and visited a class of excited Foundation Stage 2 students.
As Patron of GEMS Wellington International School, Prince Michael has seen the number of GEMS Wellington Schools in the UAE and abroad grow. Today he visited GEMS Wellington Academy- Silicon Oasis and GEMS Wellington School – Al Khail for the first time.
“I am delighted to be able to visit and inaugurate GEMS Wellington Academy – Al Khail. It is amazing to see that there are now four GEMS Wellington Schools in the UAE and one in Qatar. Each student I have met today is happy and confident, which is a testament to the education they are receiving at these schools, “said Prince Michael.
GEMS Wellington Academy – Al Khail was established to provide rich and relevant, learning opportunities. The school inspires future leaders by celebrating the diversity of cultures, backgrounds, abilities and skills of students from over 65 nationalities. The curriculum shares the GEMS core values of bringing a breadth of vision to the educational programme and extracurricular activities offered at the school.
Commenting on this milestone, Dino Varkey, Managing Director and Board Member, GEMS Education said: “We are celebrating the development of GEMS Wellington schools as a leading provider of world-class British curriculum to international students. Over the years, these school have become a trusted environment of excellence where students thrive and succeed. We are proud to say that almost 10,000 students attend GEMS Wellington Schools, and our alumni from these schools have been accepted by the leading Universities and Colleges in the world.”
Prince Michael also visited GEMS Wellington International School, where he planted a tree in celebration of the school’s 10 year anniversary. Having laid one of the first bricks for this school, he welcomes the reputation of distinction that it has. “I am proud of the outstanding achievements that the students and staff of GEMS Wellington International School have obtained. I look forward to hearing of even more success in the coming years,” he said.
The GEMS Wellington cluster of schools is known for its exceptionally high standards of education and dedication towards fostering a passion for excellence in learning and in life. It has four schools in the UAE – GEMS Wellington International School, GEMS Wellington Primary School, GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis and GEMS Wellington Academy – Al Khail; and one in Qatar – GEMS Wellington School – Qatar.
The GEMS Wellington International School has secured an ‘Outstanding’ rating from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority’s (KHDA) school inspection for the last five years consecutively which is a reflection of the outstanding efforts put in by teachers and staff. All the GEMS Wellington schools offer a uniquely crafted progression from the Early Years Foundation Stage, through an enriched and developed National Curriculum for England into personalised qualification pathways incorporating IGCSE, GCSE, BTEC curriculums.
About GEMS Education:
GEMS Education is a pioneering education company. Through our schools, consulting practice and our charitable foundation we are advancing education for all. Every day in our schools around the world, we prepare thousands of children of all ages for real world success. We are a catalyst and delivery partner. We work with governments, donor agencies and private clients to improve education systems, and provide vital training for young people in an increasingly competitive world. Through the Varkey Foundation we campaign for, and support, initiatives that change lives through education.