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Al Salam Private School: Your Questions Answered

Al Salam Private School: Your Questions Answered


Al Salam Private School, needs little introduction. This 27 year old institution located in Al Qusais, Dubai has been rated Good by the KHDA inspection team for the past five years. Yet, a closer look at the 2015/16 KHDA report shows much of what Al Salam is doing is actually Very Good- and even Outstanding!

The school is led by owner/principal Sue Johnson, who has been at the helm since the school opened in 1989, making her the longest serving principal in Dubai.

And, that’s not all. Al Salam also has some of the best exam results in the country, a consistently low teacher-turnover, strong, progressive and supportive SEN provision and an impressive 1:12 teacher/student ratio.

And to top it off, Al Salam remains one of the most affordable schools in the city, with fees ranging between, Dhs 12,482 and Dhs 27,899. 

To discover how Al Salam manages all this on what must be an extremely tight budget, WhichSchoolAdvisor.com spoke to school governor, Mr Kausor Amin-Ali to find out more…


What in your view makes Al Salam Private School so unique?


We maintain an education-focus rather than a commercial focus which provides the foundations of such a successful school.  As a result, Al Salam is an inclusive school with a diverse intake.  We uphold the ‘every child is special’ statement throughout our phases and visitors confirm this to be evident.  Staff commitment, many of whom have remained with Al Salam for more than a decade and thus with very low staff turnover, along with now the second generation of students attending the school further validates why Al Salam is so special.


The Al Salam exam results speak for themselves, can you tell us what makes your school is so academically successful?

We have a clear focus for all students to understand the importance of examination success as the gateway to future positive endeavours.  Yet we balance this with the needs of a broader holistic experience for each and every child with a strong partnership from parents to support the learning needs of the children, especially as they progress into Secondary and external examinations.


High quality leadership plays a significant role in any school’s success, can you outline the leadership at Al Salam please and discuss what makes it so unique?

Al Salam has been very fortunate to have had one of the longest-serving Principals in tenure at its head – who is also the owner.  This has ensured consistency and high expectations being met by all stakeholders who provide a sense of duty and loyalty unseen in the vast majority of schools in the region.


Your school really doesn’t fit into the ‘for-profit’ school model, however it’s not actually a ‘not-for-profit’ either, can you explain where you see it fits- in today’s education climate?

The legacy of being in one of the historic suburbs of Dubai means that Al Salam is a Community School, serving the local community.  This concept of being a school that has a specific geographical commitment is an increasing rare entity as many other schools have a significant number of its students transported more than 20km a day.

In addition, Al Salam has an increasingly rare arrangement of owner-managed has ensured a sense of belonging and commitment to the ‘Al Salam family’.  The Owner being a vastly experienced and qualified UK teacher by background, ensures the educational objectives always supersede any commercial opportunism.

Whilst costs need to be met and budgets are expected to be in surplus rather than in deficit, by not partnering with a commercial body, it has ensured Al Salam remains a School first and foremost, rather than an ‘educational arm’ of a corporation.


Al Salam produces some of the best exam results in the country, for a fraction of the fees most other top schools ask their parents for, where do you think prospective parents at Al Salam should expect the ‘savings’ to be made?

Value for money is a key aspect of our practice.  The challenges of being in a spatially limited suburb does limit some of the facilities we would like to bring to yet further enhance the experiences of the students.  We actively seek innovative solutions to enable our students are not adversely affected by legacy site issues.


Considering how successful the school is, would you consider creating a branch or sister-school at some point in the future?

We are considering this carefully.  We would not want to expand solely for commercial gain, but rather to bring the high quality educational outcomes to other communities.  Thus, location is essential in any possible expansion plan.


WhichSchoolAdvisor.com is continually asked for admission information on Al Salam, where can prospective parents find out more?

All the information is on our newly revised website: www.alsalamschool.ae/admissions/

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