The Royal Grammar School Guildford is Welcoming New Students in Dubai |

The Royal Grammar School Guildford is Welcoming New Students in Dubai

One of Britain’s oldest independent schools, the Royal Grammar School Guildford, is set to open in Dubai in 2021.

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7 January 2021

Last updated on 14 January 2022
The Royal Grammar School Guildford Dubai | Oldest UK Curriculum School in Dubai

This prestigious school is bringing 500 years of heritage and innovation to Dubai’s education sector

One of the most prestigious independent British Curriculum schools in the UK, the Royal Grammar School Guildford (RGS Guildford), has announced it is bringing its 500-year heritage and academic excellence to Dubai and opening its new campus in September 2021

Established in 1509, RGS Guildford is renowned for its track record of academic excellence and innovative approach to teaching that prepares young people for life, whilst retaining its historic roots. By combining a foundation of heritage with a forward-thinking approach to teaching and learning, RGS Guildford is consistently ranked as one of the top schools in the UK at both A Level and GCSE.

Each year, all of RGS Guildford’s pupils routinely secure places on the most competitive courses at leading world universities, with some 325 graduates over the last 10 years attending Oxford or Cambridge Universities.

RGS Guildford’s alumni have gone on to have incredibly successful careers in all areas from business to sports, the creative arts and politics.

The Royal Grammar School Guildford Dubai will share the same ethos and academic rigour of its parent school in the UK and its expansion to the UAE marks a key milestone in the school’s 500-year history.

Headmaster of RGS Guildford in the UK, Dr. Jon Cox, said: "Investing in the very best teachers, consistently and across the entire school, is a top priority for RGS Guildford Dubai, to ensure that our pupils achieve top-level results, and to build a culture and community that holds our children at its heart."

"Dubai is a global city which is renowned for its diversity and dynamic mindset – qualities which have inspired RGS Guildford for hundreds of years

To prepare our pupils for the challenges of the 21st century, we must lead by example: staying true to our values, collaborating with others, innovating and striving always to be the very best we can be. RGS Guildford Dubai is a central part of allowing us to realise this vision.”

RGS Guildford Dubai will provide a co-education for boys and girls aged 3 to 18 and will be led by Principal Mrs. Clare Turnbull.

The new school will be located within Majid Al Futtaim’s flagship Dubai community, Tilal Al Ghaf, adjacent to Hessa Street, between Dubai Motor City and Sports City.

On completion, the school will sit on an impressive 40,000 square metres, and will be able to accommodate 2,100 pupils. The light and dynamic building will include a 25-metre competition standard swimming pool, and state-of-the-art classrooms and labs that will support science, art, languages, music and more.

Chief Executive Officer of Majid Al Futtaim Communities, Mr. Hawazen Esber, commented: "Tilal Al Ghaf is located in one of Dubai’s fastest growing freehold residential areas, popular with international families and designed around the integrated principles of placemaking and people."

The decision by the Royal Grammar School Guildford Dubai to be part of Tilal Al Ghaf is a significant endorsement for this exciting community and we’re working closely with the educational team as construction of the flagship international school progresses. We are proud to welcome the school to Dubai, establishing new benchmarks in quality education," Mr. Esber added.

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The Royal Grammar School Guildford Dubai (RGS Guildford Dubai) welcomed its first pupils in September 2021. The Dubai campus is designed for boys and girls aged 3 to 18. The school will embody the ethos and values that have underpinned the Royal Grammar School Guildford in the UK for over 500 years. These, combined with a spirit of innovation and development, will prepare pupils for the challenges of the 21st and 22nd centuries. RGS Guildford Dubai leads by example, stay true to their values, innovate, collaborate and strive to be the very best they can be.

Tilal Al Ghaf Dubai, United Arab Emirates