Welcome Message from the Principal

Welcome to GEMS Royal Dubai School

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your interest in GEMS Royal Dubai School. RDS is an outstanding supportive and collaborative community, built on a long legacy – we opened in 2005 – of ensuring the children in our care develop into future-ready global citizens who will be able to positively contribute to an ever-changing world.

Since 2015, RDS has consistently been rated ‘Outstanding’ by KHDA, Dubai’s education regulator – and we are the only primary school to be rated as such in the popular Mirdif area. That said, we are not content to rest on our laurels, and continuously seek to improve our provision for our pupils. In this way, we have created a school where all pupils are happy, engaged, challenged and safe, and where every child can’t wait to start each new day with us.

As a globally renowned World Class High Performance Learning (HPL) School, we secure unparalleled learning outcomes for all our students. We also provide unmatched academic and pastoral support, meaning there are no limits to what your child can achieve at RDS. Our highly experienced teachers are passionate about the wellbeing of all their students, and this passion feeds an ethos of strong pastoral care and a holistic approach to learning.

At RDS, we think beyond traditional education, providing a future-focused curriculum, while also nurturing creativity and confidence in our students. High-quality teaching, inspirational experiences and innovative resources and facilities combine to ensure your child develops a lifelong love of learning as well as the curiosity and spark that will lead them to success and fulfilment. We carefully focus on the learning journey of each individual student and ensure it is optimised for the best outcomes possible.

Not only is RDS a member of the wider GEMS Education family of schools, but we are also proud to have partnered with GEMS FirstPoint School (FPS), a premium British curriculum school similar to ours, to form ‘The First Royal Alliance’. This Alliance guarantees all RDS Year 6 students a place at FPS, ensuring our learning family has every opportunity to stay together. With FPS as our partner, we are able to maintain our community feel and ensure a smooth educational transition from primary to secondary.

Looking ahead, in line with our mission to never stand still and continuously evolve and enhance our provision, we have exciting plans for the future. Our ambition is to introduce a variety of further offerings, including the addition of Key Stage 3, increasing our modern foreign language offering, expanding our life skills lessons to encompass the likes of cookery and needlework, and increasingly leveraging our growing community of parents and alumni to offer our students ever more opportunities.

I strongly encourage you to visit our school to get a full sense of everything we offer, and to see firsthand how you and your family can be a valued part of our RDS community. In the meantime, if you visit only a few of the pages on our website, I encourage you to take our 3D Virtual Tour and view our alumni page Both of these clearly illustrate why making the move to RDS is sure to be the best decision you will make for your children’s future.

I hope to have the pleasure of meeting you and your children very soon.

Inspirational Quotes

When asked for an inspirational educational quote, I simply could not choose between favourites from Steve Irwin (1962-2006) the Australian wild life expert, and British educationist Sir Ken Robinson (1950-2020). 

I am therefore going to choose both quotes and ask you a question … which quote most inspires you?

“I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message.” Steve Irwin

Steve Irwin talks about the importance of passion and being excited. For me, children learn best when they have passionate teachers who make learning exciting for their students.   

“For most of us, the problem isn’t that we aim too high and fail. It’s just the opposite: we aim too low and succeed.” Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson’s quote is important to me as we all sometimes make the mistake of taking the easy route as a way to avoid failure. We should all be prepared to take calculated risks and challenge ourselves if we are going to grow and develop further.

Which quote inspires you the most?

With kindest regards,

John Bagust

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