GEMS FirstPoint School – The Villa announces exciting two-phased expansion plan

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Students at GEMS FirstPoint School – The Villa (FPS) are set to benefit from an ambitious two-phased expansion and development plan, the latest in a series of expansions within GEMS Education schools to match unprecedented growth in student numbers over the past 12 months.

With Phase One scheduled for completion in August 2024 and Phase Two in August 2025, the expansion reflects FPS’ commitment to delivering top-tier facilities and fostering academic excellence.

The first phase encompasses the construction of a cutting-edge Sixth Form Centre covering an area of approximately 600 sqm, alongside the introduction of new sports facilities and modern classrooms designed to optimize the school’s available educational spaces, along with upgrades to a number of existing facilities.

Additionally, infrastructure enhancements, including a dedicated bus parking area and boundary wall, will be implemented to enhance the safety of the school community and offer greater convenience.

 

The second phase encompasses a brand-new building featuring 54 classrooms and a large indoor sports hall that will cater to the growing needs of the school, providing ample space for bespoke learning. Housed within the building will be a specialised language hub, offering an immersive environment for the study of languages including French, Spanish and Arabic.

 

David Wade, Principal/CEO of GEMS FirstPoint School – The Villa, said: “This expansion aligns with the FPS mission to nurture well-rounded individuals equipped for success in an ever-evolving world. We are committed to providing unparalleled opportunities for our students, elevating both the academic environment and the overall student experience.”

The two-phased expansion represents a major milestone for FPS, ensuring a vibrant and enriched learning environment for all students, teachers, and parents alike.

Recognised as Outstanding in all areas by the British Schools Overseas (BSO) and World Class by the High Performance Learning (HPL) framework, GEMS FirstPoint School – The Villa is a leading British curriculum school committed to providing a world-class learning environment that fosters academic excellence, creativity, and personal growth. With a focus on holistic development, FPS prepares students to thrive in an increasingly competitive global landscape.

In the last two years, GEMS Education’s growth strategy has seen the group extend its footprint in the UAE, greatly enhancing and adding to the country’s education landscape. Highlights include the opening of GEMS Metropole School – Al Waha in Dubai in September 2023 as well as the upcoming launch of the groundbreaking net-zero-energy GEMS Founders School – Masdar City in Abu Dhabi in August 2024.

 

The group is also adding significant capacity across many of its existing schools, including noteworthy expansions of Jumeirah College and GEMS Dubai American Academy announced last year, and the more recent news of the opening of a second GEMS World Academy – Dubai campus set to open in August this year.

In addition, GEMS has in the past 12 months introduced innovative new initiatives including the opening of Sharjah’s first forest school and farm at GEMS Wesgreen International School in November 2023, the launch of a dedicated Innovation Hub at GEMS International School – Al Khail, also in November 2023, and the introduction of a nursery provision at GEMS FirstPoint School – The Villa in June 2023.

Further developments will be announced in due course as the UAE’s largest and longest-established private education provider – this year celebrating its 65th anniversary – looks to make its world-class education available to even more families across the UAE, in line with the Emirates’ ambitious growth strategy and vision.

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