Gems Westminster School Qusais, Dubai

About The GEMS Westminster School (TWS)- Al Qusais

The GEMS Westminster School (TWS), Al Qusais, is the largest English curriculum school in the UAE, imparting affordable quality education. The students are exposed to a custom-built, safe and conducive learning environment in the school. The carefully selected and well-trained academic team helps students achieve knowledge, develop their personality, and build character to face challenges.

The school aims to develop skills that would help them to be socially and technologically adept to fit into the changing society. The school’s value-based international curriculum aims to develop the student's analytical thinking and emphasises the importance of hard work and commitment. These characteristics will certainly help students pursue their higher education in top-ranked universities and make diligent career choices.

The students get to interact with a culturally diverse group of students, which helps them accept other cultures, subsequently creating responsible members of the global community. The school places a special emphasis on the student’s oral and written skills with equal importance to extracurricular activities.

The school is aligned with UAE’s National Agenda and has exceeded the PISA targets. The school follows an inclusive policy determined to impart the best education to children with special needs within a common learning framework.

The school’s child-centric education programs help the students prepare well to excel in the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). The students are also trained for the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and A-Level Examinations.

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In Brief

School Details

Grading System at The GEMS Westminster School

The GEMS Westminster School follows the National Curriculum of England. The school also incorporates the primary goals and core vision of GEMS education into their curriculum. These, combined with the cultural influence of the UAE, translate the school’s curriculum into a contemporary, futuristic, and holistic one.

SECTION           

YEAR

Foundation Stage

Foundation Stage 1 and Foundation Stage 2

Primary School

Key Stage 1- Year 1 and Year 2

Key Stage 2 -Year 3 to Year 6

Secondary School

Key Stage 3- Year 7 to Year 9 

Key Stage 4 -Year 10 and Year 11

Sixth Form

Year 12 and Year 13

The GEMS Westminster School

The GEMS Westminster School ensures that the academic requisites of the curriculum are met and that the students gain adequate knowledge to achieve the stipulated age-appropriate targets.

In addition, the students under this globally recognised curriculum acquire futuristic skills such as analytical competency, innovation, and creativity. The students are instilled with soft skills like leadership, management and instructional ability that increase their confidence and skills.

FOUNDATION STAGES 1 AND  2:

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is divided into Foundation Stage 1 and Foundation Stage 2. The students are inducted into the school system through fun-filled yet exciting activities developing a positive approach towards long-term learning. The safe and secure settings help to foster self-esteem and develop social skills leading to better cognitive and motor activities.

The syllabus of the Foundation Stage consists of 3 Prime Areas and 4 Specific Areas. In addition to this, Coding, Arabic language, STEM, and theme-based learning are all included.

PRIMARY SCHOOL (Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 ):

The KS1 and KS2 syllabus is structured to lay a solid basis to assess and enhance academic knowledge. The academic plan helps in improving the problem-solving, critical thinking and reasoning skills of the students.

Students of KS2 are presented with numerous opportunities to develop organisational and leadership skills. The students are also trained to attempt International Benchmark Examinations prescribed by the KHDA.

SECONDARY SCHOOL (Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4)

The school’s International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) aims to train the teenage mind holistically by helping them gain knowledge and develop skills through critical problem-solving tasks integrated within the curriculum.

Key Stage 4

In Year 9, the students do a pre-IGSCSE program in a wide variety of subjects to help them make an informed decision about the subjects to choose for the IGSCE certification in Year 10 and Year 11. The students are assessed based on a point scale from A to G in the following:

Core Subjects

Skills Program

English

3-D Printing

Maths

Public Speaking

Arabic for Arabs and non-Arabs (till year 10)

Physical Health

Islamic Education (for Muslim students)

Global Futures Curriculum

Computer Science or Information Communication Technology

 

Moral Education

 

Physical Education

 

They have the option to choose from a wide array of elective subjects like Biology, Chemistry, Travel And Tourism, Economics, and Accounting, to name a few.

SIXTH FORM:

Students are offered a choice of core subjects such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English which would help them further their academic pursuits. The school also emphasises on personal and community development in the Years 12 and 13.

Admission and Fees

How to Apply for The GEMS Westminster

Step 1-Online Registration

Registration for admission is online through the school’s website. Once the link for admission opens, complete details and the required documents need to be uploaded online.

You will be provided with an Opportunity number which will serve as your future reference number. You will be contacted by a member of the enrolment team and the application process moves through a series of steps that is effectively communicated to the parents by the admissions team.

Step 2- Assessments

Admissions are based on academic assessments and on satisfying the age eligibility criteria of each class.

Foundation Stage 1:

There will be two stages of assessments- a group activity and individual interviews of both the parent and the child. 

Foundation Stage 2:

The child should have completed a minimum of 6 months of nursery or FS1.

Year 1 to Year 10:

Admission is granted based on their performance in the English and Maths assessments. Interviews with Key Stage leaders or with the Senior Leadership team are also on the cards.

Year 12- AS Level and Year 13 -A Level:

Admission to Year 12 and Year 13 is based on the student’s performance in the Board Examinations. Students should have at least five grade Bs at IGCSE with grade Bs or above in the AS Level subjects for Year 12 admissions. Preference is given to the school’s existing students who have done well in their board exams.

These are the stipulated set of documents that need to be submitted for admission:

  • Passport, Emirates ID (back and front) and Residency visa page – Both parents and child
  • Birth certificate (in English or Arabic)
  • Applicant's recent passport-size photo 
  • Previous 2 years' school reports of applicants for Year 2 and above (in English).
  • CAT 4 report for admission to Year 3 and above for all existing GEMS students or students from other Dubai schools. Nursery report cards for admission to FS1, FS2 and Year 1.
  • A medical report with a validity of 6 months for special needs or children of determination applicants.
  • Child’s vaccination report.

The school follows strict age criteria as a part of its admission process:

GRADE

AGE by 31st AUGUST

Foundation Stage 1 (FS1)

Maximum 3 Years

Foundation Stage 2 (FS2)

Maximum 4 Years

KS1 - Year 1 and Year 2

Maximum 5 and 6 Years

KS2 – Year 3 to Year 6

Ages 7 to 10 Years

Key Stage 3- Year 7 to Year 9

Ages 11 to 13 Years

Key Stage 4- Years 10 and 11

Ages 14 to 16 Years

Sixth Form- Years 12 and 13

Ages 16 years and 17 years

The GEMS Westminster School Fee Structure

The total annual fee includes the tuition fees, computer fees and the annual fees:

GRADE

TOTAL FEE IN AED

FS -01

9,217.50

FS-02

9,217.50

Year 1 to Year 6

11,252.50

Year 7 and Year 8

12,099.50

Year 9 and Year 10

14,136.50

Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13

17,385.50

The school offers a wide range of easy-to-use payment channels for fee payment. For more details, parents can contact the registrar through.

The fee is due before the start of the academic session and needs to be paid in advance. Parents can make use of the GEMS Rewards scheme to save up on fee payments. 

 The GEMS Westminster School offers sibling and other type of fee discounts:

Category

Discount

Staff Discount

50% - 100% And as per school Policy

Sibling Discount

25% for 4th child 50% for 5th child onward

GEMS Cares Concession and Management-Approved Concessions

On humanitarian grounds

Sheikha Fatima Award for Excellence

100% discount on Tuition Fee for the winner

The types of fees other than the above-mentioned fees are:

FEE TYPE

ANNUAL FEE

Application Fee

Up to AED 525 Plus 5% VAT

Enrolment Fee

10% of the total tuition fee

Re-registration Fee

Maximum of 5% of the total tuition fee or AED 500 (whichever is higher)

School Facilities

Transportation Facility at The GEMS Westminster School

The school has outsourced its transportation services to School Transport Services LLC, which offers reliable transportation services to students in the Emirate of Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman. 

AREA

ANNUAL FEE IN AED

Al Qusais,  Al Muhaisnah

4,650

Al Warqa’a 1, Al Warqa’a 2, International City, Mirdif, Ras Al Khor, Rashidiya

4,900

Al Garhoud, Al Shaab, Deira, Hamriya, Hor Al Anz

5050

Al Warqa’a 4, Bur Dubai, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Jafliya, Karama, Satwa, Sky Courts, Sharjah

5400

Ajman, Al Barsha 1, Al Quoz, Al Safa, Jumeirah 1, Jumeirah 2, Jumeirah 3

5600

Damac Hills 2

6650

Sports Facilities

Students have adequate facilities for outdoor activities such as athletics, basketball, football, volleyball, throwball and hockey. They can also involve themselves in indoor activities such as badminton, carom, chess, gymnastics, and table tennis.

Contact Details

  • Phone Number: +971 4 2988333 
  • E-mail ID: [email protected]
  • Website: https://www.gemsws-ghusais.com/
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WestminsterDubai/
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/official_TWS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What are the school's working hours?

The GEMS Westminster School operates between 7 am to 4.15 pm from Monday to Thursday. The school is open between 7 am and 12 noon on Fridays. The school does not work on Saturdays and Sundays.

2. Does the school have extracurricular activities after school hours?

Yes, the school offers extracurricular activities to students after school hours.

3. What is the total number of grade levels or academic years in the school?

The GEMS Westminster School offers classes from Foundation Stage 1 till Year 13.

4. What is the current enrolment count of students in the school? What is the number of nationalities represented among the students?

The GEMS Westminster School Al Qusais has around 5200 students in their school and are from over 70 nationalities.

5. What is the format of the academic calendar of The GEMS Westminster School, Al Qusais?

The academic year of the GEMS Westminster school begins in August and ends by the first week of July the next year.

6. What is the range of tuition fees charged by The GEMS Westminster School, Al Qusais?

The tuition fee charged by The GEMS Westminster School, Al Qusais, ranges between AED 9,217.50 and AED 17,385.50, depending on the grade. 

7. Does the school include a cafeteria or canteen within its premises?

Yes, the school does have a canteen within the campus. 

8. Does the school have activity camps during holidays?

 At present, the school does not offer holiday camps during the school breaks.

9. How many teachers are currently employed by the school?

The school employs around 300 teachers and has a student-teacher ratio of 1:18 in the foundation stages and 1:23 at later stages.

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