Admissions Overview & Process

How to begin your child's journey...

General Policy

GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis prides itself on an admission policy that does not discriminate against any child or family. All children are welcome to apply, regardless of nationality, ethnicity or religion.

We are a truly international institution for those parents who wish their children to receive a British-style education. The Academy has limited spaces for children with additional learning needs, but unfortunately does not have provision for children with severe or complex educational needs.

English Language Learning

English is the language of daily teaching and operation at GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis and, although we do provide some English language support for students from Years 2 – 9 for whom English is a second language, we do not have intensive remedial programmes for students falling more than a grade level behind in English language ability. 

Intensive support to develop age appropriate English language skills may be offered to a limited number of students in each grade level. Parents may also be encouraged to provide additional support, at their own expense, for English language learning activities.

Class Size Policy

The teacher-student ratio for teaching in FS1 and FS2 is 1:23. In all other years it is 1:27. GEMS Education retains the right to increase class size when the situation warrants it, such as when students are set by ability for specific subjects. No class will operate with a teacher-student ratio in excess of 1:30. FS1 and FS2 have both a teacher and a teaching assistant in every classroom.

Application Requirements

Completed online receipts will be accepted if accompanied by the administration fee of AED 500(non-refundable and non-transferable).

The KHDA (Ministry of Education) requires all families to submit the following documents for each child entering education in Dubai. Without these documents entry for your child may be refused.

  • One copy of the student’s passport
  • One copy of both sides of the student's Emirates ID card (if available)
  • Two years of full school reports and any mid-year interim reports from the current academic year, must be included. REPORTS MUST BE IN ENGLISH. Nursery report required for Foundation Stage 1 and 2 children (if available). If your child has received any learning support/special education please provide all reports/information

Please note Applications will not be processed until full documentation and payment of application fee has been received.

Transfer Certificate

Every student is required by UAE Ministry of Education Law to produce a Transfer Certificate from their last school. This is strictly enforced and failure to produce a properly completed certificate, or a legally binding undertaking to produce all the necessary documentation, will result in your child's place being withdrawn. Please discuss your child's transfer certificate requirements with the Registrar, as your country of origin and last school is taken into consideration.

  1. This Transfer Certificate must be on an official school letterhead
  2. The form needs to be completed on the student’s last day of attendance
  3. This form must be signed by the Principal and show an official school stamp
  4. The original certificate must be presented on the first day of school

The original Transfer Certificate must contain the following information:

  1. Full Name of Child
  2. Date of Birth
  3. Commencement Date at School
  4. Grade/Class on Leaving
  5. Leaving Date at School
  6. Curriculum Used

Important instructions to parents

Children coming from countries other than America, Australia, Canada, Europe and New Zealand should have the original Transfer Certificate (TC) attested by:

  • Ministry of Education (from country of TC origin)
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs (from country of TC origin)
  • UAE Embassy (from country of TC origin)

Children coming from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman must have their original certificates attested only by the Ministry of Education (from country of TC origin).
For students transferring from schools within the UAE, a Ministry approved Transfer Certificate is issued.

NB: The corresponding year group is of vital importance and the Ministry of Education may refuse the child entry if the year group does not correspond with that of the new school.

Entrance Assessments

All students admitted to Years 5 - 13 will be required to sit an age-related placement test to ensure that he / she is prepared for the high quality education on offer at GEMS Wellington Academy - Silicon Oasis. Younger children may also be asked to sit an assessment if they have been studying a different curriculum. For all applications, the child's latest school report is used instead of an interview, and as a result of that scrutiny it might be that we then ask for a test to be taken by younger children too.

When applications are from overseas, GEMS Wellington Academy will contact the child's existing school to courier placement tests so that the children may undertake these in their own school. The expense of this action is to be borne by the parents of the child making the application.

Offer of a place is not solely based on the entrance test, and all parents should provide GEMS Wellington Academy - Silicon Oasis with the most recent copy of their child's school report when submitting an application form.

For any further information regarding the GEMS Wellington Academy - Silicon Oasis admissions process, please do not hesitate to contact us