School Description

GEMS Al Barsha National School aims to be one of the leading national schools producing future leaders of character who are confident, resilient, adaptable and ethical global citizens.

We offer a world class education founded on the National Curriculum for England. This educational programme, from Foundation through to A-Levels, is internationally recognised and will provide our students with the opportunity to access some of the finest universities in the UAE as well as overseas.

We place specific emphasis on developing literacy and numeracy skills in both Arabic and English through equal bilingual language instruction in the Foundation years.

Our teaching and learning programs will develop your children’ critical thinking, leadership, creativity and problem solving skills through a variety of engaging and innovative student centred activities.

In FS1 and FS2 girls and boys will be taught co-educationally with girls and boys taught together in every class. From Y5 onwards girls and boys will be taught separately.

School Contact Information

Al Barsha 2

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    Karim Murcia
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Extra Curricular Activities

As a GEMS Education school, we are committed to offering our boys and girls a wide-range of opportunities to allow each one to develop their skills and pursue her individual interests. To facilitate this, we have both co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

Examples of the kinds of activities we might offer are:

After School Activities and Clubs
School Magazine
Book club
Debating (Arabic/English)
Poetry (Arabic/English)
Science Club (English)
Robotics (English)
Sports (swimming, netball, football, multi sports, badminton, tennis; various according to pupil interest)
Chess Club
Music (e.g. choir/band – both western & Arabic styles)
Dance/Drama (both western & Arabic)
English/Maths/Arabic Enrichment
Art and Craft Clubs (glass painting/cross-stitch)
Quran club
Cooking club
Cartoon club
Arabic reading & writing club (in support of UAE Reading Year 2016)
Additional Language Clubs – e.g. French/German
ESM Paid Activities
ESM is Dubai's leading sports training academy for both children and adults of all levels. These programs include: tennis, football, swimming, cricket, rugby, climbing, holiday camps and much more. Our main aim is to provide all students with the knowledge and tools to better themselves within the sport, with the focus on enjoyment through learning.

GEMS have engaged the services of ESM for additional activities to complement our free school based activities. There are costs for all these activities as detailed on the attached schedule. Places are not guaranteed and are allocated if vacancies are available and on a first come, first served basis at the specific sign up days allocated to the various schools.

For more information on what activities ESM offer please go to

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