Students of Year 6 at Kings’ School in Dubai. For illustrative purposes only. Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News

Dubai: An independent UAE-based institute has announced the top 25 schools in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. SchoolsCompared.com – a sister site to WhichSchoolAdvisor.com – revealed the names of winners on Monday.

James Mullan, founder of SchoolsCompared.com, said: “Parents consistently ask us to name the very best schools in the UAE. This is as definitive an answer as you will get. These are the first school awards in the UAE to be decided on the basis of independent feedback from parents, children and teachers themselves - in conjunction with our industry experts.”

The awards cover schools from all sectors and winning schools are represented from across British, Indian, French and American curricula.

Mark Steed, director of Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) at Arabian Ranches in Dubai, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised as ‘The Best School in Dubai and Abu Dhabi’ – it is a great honour. The challenge for JESS, which has played a leading part in educational landscape in the UAE for over 40 years, is to remain at the top of our game. At JESS, we believe that schools should provide prospective parents with reliable and trustworthy information, such as public examination results and value-added scores, which will enable them to make informed decisions about their choice of school and we hope that other schools will follow our lead.”

Each of the 25 schools was decided on the basis of outstandingly positive feedback by parents, teachers and students, schools visits and the expert views of a panel of judges from SchoolsCompared.com and WhichSchoolAdvisor.com.

Brendan Law, headmaster at Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, said: “We are so proud that the collective efforts of our wonderful team have been recognised in these prestigious awards. In a world where league tables are primarily about academic achievement, mostly the preserve of highly selective schools, it is refreshing to see an independent assessor take the whole child into consideration.”

The Top 10 schools in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

  1. Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) Arabian Ranches
  2. Cranleigh Abu Dhabi
  3. Dubai English Speaking College
  4. Kings' School Al Barsha
  5. Nord Anglia International School Dubai
  6. British International School Abu Dhabi
  7. The British School Al Khubairat
  8. Jebel Ali School
  9. Dubai College
  10. Raha International School

Top 11- 25 schools 

11. American School of Dubai
12. Jumeirah College
13. The Indian High School
14. GEMS Jumeirah Primary School
15. Safa Community School
16. Horizon English School
17. Al Bateen Secondary School
18. Brighton College Abu Dhabi
19. Victory Heights Primary School
20. Repton School Dubai
21. Lycée Francais International Georges Pompidou
22, Al Muna Primary School
23. Foremarke School
24. American Community School of Abu Dhabi
25. Merryland International School Abu Dhabi