Welcome message from the Principal

Mr. Neil Matthews

Thank you for your interest in GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail, 

(or WEK as we like to call it.)

We are one of the youngest of the GEMS schools, having opened in September 2013, and this year our oldest pupils moved into Year 12, and will become our first cohort to sit A Level Examinations in the summer of 2020 as Year 13 students. Our youngest children are in FS1.

We share the same core values as all the other GEMS schools, namely:

  • Leading through innovation
  • Pursuing excellence
  • Growing by learning
  • Global citizenship

So what gives WEK its unique character?

First, we are a fully inclusive community whose focus is very much on student progress, not simply results. Each child's achievements will be different, but they can all make outstanding progress and acquire the skills they need for higher education and the world of work. This approach makes us comfortable in having a broader and more inclusive intake than many Dubai schools.  Our KHDA inspection praised the school for its inclusivity and the way in which children of all abilities are catered for, not only by the teaching staff in general but also by our specialist inclusion team.

Second, much has been done, working alongside our pupils, in developing the WEK Learner Profile.

This highlights the key attributes we want our students to acquire in order to become more effective learners. Our students understand that their progress depends not just on the quality of the teaching they receive, excellent though it is, but also on their ability to be active and reflective learners. They understand their strengths and understand what they need to do to address their weaknesses.

Third, our teaching staff are almost entirely trained and experienced in the UK and are highly skilled at delivering the British curriculum. In addition, we make wide use of digital technology to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in school. All students from Year 3 upwards use iPads where appropriate to support their learning and all staff are trained in the use of a range of apps to enhance their teaching.

These three characteristics combine to make up the WEK Promise, details of which you can find by clicking on the link. Hand in hand with this promise go our Student and  Parent WEKspectations, which set out the attitude to learning we need from our students and the support we are looking for from our parents in order to be able to deliver that promise.

I hope the overview of GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail contained on our website will encourage you to come and visit the school. The facilities you will find at WEK are amongst the best in Dubai and allow us to offer a range of activities which help our students acquire the breadth of talents and skills that are the hallmark of a fully rounded education. In September 2018 we opened Year 12 and you can find details of our exciting post-16 curriculum under the Learning tab.

Do look at our facebook page: www.facebook.com/GEMSWellingtonAcademy.AlKhail.Dubai/#which gives you an idea of the range of activities taking place in the school and where you will also find my weekly video blog. This is an ambitious and happy school which we are keen to show to visitors. Our Admissions Department will be pleased to arrange a personal tour.

Neil Matthews
Executive Principal and CEO