The developer Sobha Group based in Dubai has announced the launch of its first venture in the education sector with the Hartland International School in the Emirate. It will be the International School in Rashed Al Maktoum City.

Located in the Sobha Hartland area of Dubai, within the Mohammed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum City, the school is scheduled to open in September 2015.

According to Gulf News, “the school will operate under the British National Curriculum through a day-boarding model and students will be prepared for International GCSEs.  Students will be admitted from the foundation stage (FS1 and FS2 for ages 3 to 5) up to the sixth form (Grades 12 and 13 for ages 16 to 18).” There is also an option to study for an International Baccalaureate Diploma, a statement from the group said.

The new school will have a built-up area of 30,807 sqm, with classrooms spread across 63sqm of space, and the school will feature facilities for science, technology and robotics, a large auditorium with projection, stage and concert facilities, an eight lane 25m swimming pool and a training pool for beginners, and an indoor sports centre for gymnastics, basketball, badminton and football and an outdoor football field. On top of that, the rooftop will feature tennis and netball courts and shaded play areas with indoor activity rooms for dance, drama and physical development.

The school will be headed by Paul Silverwood, former head of Queen Margaret’s in York, and assisted by Professor Ralph Tabberer, previously director general of Schools in the UK Government.

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International school to be set up in Dubai in 2015

4 December 2014

A new international school will soon take shape in the Sobha Hartland area of Dubai, 3km from Burj Khalifa and within the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City.

The Hartland International School in Dubai, backed by Sobha Group, will be the company’s first venture in starting schools.

Speaking about the launch of Hartland International School, Dr Paul Silverwood, head of the new school, said: “We wish to make each lesson and activity fun, interactive and highly enjoyable for all children as they grow in confidence and develop a love of learning.”

The school is being launched at a time when the UAE is set to be a major driver for the region’s education sector with 30,000 new school places expected in Dubai over the next two years alone.