Hear what our students and parents have to say about the Academy.
Moving to Dubai back in 2011 our priority was finding a reputable British Curriculum school for our two sons to settle into fast...The fantastic facilities, wide range of pathways and enrichment opportunities are some of the best. Teachers are very supportive...These high standards have given our boys every opportunity to succeed, culminating in some amazing GCSE results for them both...We would highly recommend GEMS WSO to anyone that is looking for...the best teaching of the British Curriculum in Dubai.
Mr and Mrs. Harrad - Parents of Post-16 students
We have 3 children at WSO, in year 10, year 5 and year 3. We have been at the academy since it opened in 2011 and have seen it grow and excel to the amazing school it is today. It provides an exceptional Level of education but also places a great deal of emphasis on child wellbeing and character building supporting our children to excel both academically and socially. The leadership team work well with the parent community to create a family feeling and a great working partnership.
Elena Antoniou - Parent of Year 10, Year 5 and Year 3 students
WSO’s facilities and the early independent learning exposure that IB provides has given me a head start to the style university lectures are taught. It has also been extremely useful with the increased need for adapting to online and self-study methods due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Studying Medicine, MBBS at the University of Central Lancashire, UK
Choosing IBCP with BTEC Creative Media at WSO was one of the best decisions I took as it taught me time management and made me University ready!
BA (Hons) Animation and Illustration - Raffles Design Institute Singapore
I started my journey at WSO when I was 5 years old in year 1 when the school opened in 2011. In the last 10 years, I have had the opportunity to perform at amazing events and create memories that will last a lifetime.
I joined WSO in year 4 and have progressed through the years. I have learnt so much and made so many good friends across multiple nationalities and cultures. I have seen the school grow from a single building to what it is today and I feel I have grown alongside the school. I have had the opportunity to develop interest in subjects I would not have had the chance to elsewhere or in the UK. I chose the IB Diploma Programme to study in Post 16 because it gave me the chance to discover and explore events of global significance and further hone my skills in my favourite subjects of Design Technology and Geography. I plan to take what I have learnt at WSO and after studying at University pursue a career in Design.
have been a student at WSO since the beginning in 2011 when school was just one building. As the school has developed, I too have developed due to the amazing learning opportunities and support from teachers. WSO has so many nationalities from all over the world, everyone is accepted wherever they come from. I chose to study the IBCP at Post 16 level because it allowed me to learn and demonstrate skills that will be valuable in the future. I had never studied Business before but have found it very enjoyable and engaging and the best bit is I get to study it alongside my favourite subject, History. After Year 13 I want to study History in the UK at University and go on to have a career related to the subject.
For the 7 years I have been in WSO, without any doubt I can say that it has been an exceptional experience- not only do they have a wonderful academic program but also excellent extra curriculum program. So staying for IB Diploma Programme was any easy choice.
Krushi Nilesh Shah
I had changed to WSO the year prior to starting my GCSE's following a torrent of bad grades and a lack of interest in my education and after a term at WSO I had a new interest in developing not only my knowledge but also my interest in learning and improving myself. I think that this was due to the type of teaching at WSO and I strongly believe that the teachers at WSO deserve all credit for my success at GCSE level. I decided to stay at WSO for my IB years for exactly this reason too, as there is a very extensive support network that all teachers are able to provide you with, inside or outside the classroom. I chose IB due to the fact that it would provide me with a better standing, as well as including the aspect of critical thinking rather than being spoon-fed information.
WSO was the right place for me to choose IB because of the range of subjects offered and familiarity to me. I was able to continue subjects that I loved at GCSE and disregard others that I didn’t like as much! Despite that, I have been at WSO for 10 years and grown up with this family that has grown alongside me, and that is something I value personally because I have connections and relationships that I would not have if I moved to another school. The teachers have been there from the start and I have used the IB to grow better and intertwine myself with the learner profile and more with the school values. Something that I was despising was TOK and the Core, but having gone through the course, these are subjects and areas of the IB that I would not have gotten elsewhere. I praise the IB for that because I feel so much more insightful and world aware going into university and into life where I can implement the skills I’ve learnt.
Lewis Samuel Grant Harrad
I chose to do the IB Diploma Programme program because it gives me a lot of freedom to do whatever I want to later in life. In A-level, I would have had to choose between key subjects such as English and Math but in IB, I don't need to worry about missing out on any of these, plus I can do 3 additional subjects of my choice. I joined WSO in Year 9 and was very impressed with how they helped us through our GCSEs and how supportive the teachers were. Since they offered all the IB subjects I wanted and I had settled well into the school, I decided to stay here and I am very happy with my decision.