Deira International School (Dubai)
An Inclusive and holistic education for life long learning
Promoted to Outstanding in their inspection, this school has been a steady contributor to the UAE education landscape over the years but more recently has been turbo-charged by new head, Simon O’Connor. Although it follows the British curriculum until Year 11, the IB principles and values are deeply embedded into all aspects of teaching, encouraging an enquiring mindset and self-motivated learning from the Early Years onwards. Pupils take an active role in the decision-making processes of the school and their collaboration with architects and designers for the new 6th form centre demonstrates how well this approach works. A culture of coaching and mentorship means no pupil or staff member gets left behind.