School Awards

Celebrating and Rewarding Success

Children are rewarded in a number of different ways throughout the year.

Weekly, a High Performing Learner is selected from each class to reward hard work and effort in the classroom.

Every month we celebrate the successes of pupils in our Awards Assembly. Children who have excelled in areas of Art, Music, French, Arabic and PE are rewarded for their achievements. There are incentives such as Million Word Readers and class of the week and our Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 End of Year Awards Ceremonies where students receive recognition for their progress and attainment in all subjects.

Our Highlights

  • Children at GEMS Royal Dubai School make ‘Outstanding’ progress from their individual start points.

  • Attainment in the Foundation Stage is ‘Outstanding’ for Mathematics and Science. 

  • By the end of FS2, 75% of children achieve a ‘Good Level of Development (GLD)’ compared to 72% in the UK.

  • By the end of Primary (Yr6), 75% of children attain levels above the UK benchmark in internal and external English assessments. 86% above in Maths and 82% above in Science. 

  • GRDS children attain “Significantly Higher than Average” scores in international benchmark tests. For example, in the most recent TIMSS assessments, the Dubai average score was 550 but RDS scored 568 for Maths and 576 for Science. 


TIMMS 2019

TIMSS 2019



Global Average Scores



Dubai Private Schools Average



RDS Scores



“Significantly Higher than Average Scores”


International Benchmark Data










Stanine 5+

Stanine 6+   Stanine 5+  Stanine 6+  Stanine 5+ Stanine 6+

May 2017








May 2018








May 2019











September 2020

(May 2020)

No end of Phase Data due to Remote Learning and Y6 students having graduated RDS at the time of the assessments

May 2021








         Stanine 5+ = working at or above curriculum standards

Stanine 6+ = working above curriculum standards


Sheikha Fatima Awards

The Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Al Nahyan Award is presented to female students from GEMS schools all over the world for their outstanding academic performance, leadership skills, their significant contribution to social and environmental awareness, and their impressive general conduct. The award winners from the UAE receive a scholarship to cover a year's tuition fee at their respective school.

The distinguished Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Award for Excellence is awarded to one girl in every GEMS school each year. The criteria for this prestigious award are:

  • Outstanding academic success
  • Significant contributions to the UAE Vision and National Agenda
  • A high level of service to community and beyond, in addition, an understanding of her social responsibility
  • A high level of involvement in Innovation initiatives within and/or outside of their school community
  • Behaviour and actions that make her an exceptional role model and embody the GEMS 4 Core Values

GRDS Sheikha Fatima Award winner 2019-2020

This year’s Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Award for Excellence went to Samira Swan for her exceptional academic success and contributions to wider school life. Samira is involved in many aspects of school life. This year she has supported Student Council with their DEWA and Simply Bottles project – something which has impacted her greatly when thinking about the health of our planet. She loves trying out new ECA’s each term and is a proud member of the RDS Netball Squad. She is set to represent Dubai in the Youth Inter Gulf League. Samira demonstrates a concern for society and has even started using her own pocket money to tip when receiving deliveries! Always looking for a challenge, she is currently learning to play the guitar. She is playing a key role in a school magazine for students to enjoy during remote learning.

  • Samira has been a fantastic Sheikha Fatima winner and I know that I speak for the whole school when I say how proud of her we are. She has always displayed excellent behaviour and sets a fantastic example to other students in the school with how she has conducted herself at all times.

    Samira has regularly given up her own time to help others including staying behind after lessons to support her peers and giving up her break times to support in the library. She is a High Performing Learner who is meticulous in her approach to work and endeavors to ensure she is proud of all of her work. Samira will be truly missed at RDS but the way she has conducted herself will live on in those students who have been led by her this year.

    Brynn Cooper

    Class Teacher


Some Pictures from Our Award Ceremony

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