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Top UK School NLCS To Open In Dubai September 2017

Top UK School NLCS To Open In Dubai September 2017

Prestigious British independent school – North London Collegiate School (NLCS) announced today, that it would be opening a new Dubai branch in September 2017, the brand’s first in the Middle East.

The one hundred and sixty-seven-year-old, UK school is consistently ranked in the top five UK schools for both GCSE and IB results.

The Dubai campus will be the second international campus for NLCS, following NLCS Jeju, in South Korea, which opened in 2011.


The School

Fees at North London Collegiate School Dubai will be in the ‘premium-plus’ bracket and priced comparatively with Dubai’s most expensive school GEMS Nations Academy at 87,000 AED for KG1 to 120,000 AED for Grades 9 and 10.

However, the school is offering a founders discount of between 15 and 20 percent for those who join the school during the first term in 2017.

North London Collegiate School Dubai will be build on a 38,000 square metre plot in Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum City.


Build and design is being done by Sobha and the school will be located next to Hartland International. NLCS Dubai will have six tennis courts, a cricket/rugby pitch, 13 Science labs, a Performing Arts Centre and Studios (as NLCS London does) and an eight lane indoor swimming pool.

The school will be developed over two phases, with the first offering a capacity of 1,900 students and the second 2,150.

NLCS Dubai will initially open for students in pre-Kindergarten through to Grade 10, increasing to Grade 12 by September 2019.


NLCS Curriculum

NLCS UK has been ranked number one in the UK for International Baccalaureate results with an average Diploma score never dipping below 40 points. In 2016 the school saw an average score of 41.7.

The South Korea school which is only in its third year for IBDP has an average of 38 points – on a par with the highest ranking schools in East Asia.

In its first two years of operation in Dubai, the school will undertake application and authorisation processes with the International Baccalaureate (IB) in order to obtain authorised IB World School status. The School also aims to be rated as ‘Outstanding’ by KHDA within three years.

“We thought there was room for a high performing IB school,” said founding headmaster, Daniel Lewis.

“People might think there is some confusion over a British school using the IB curriculum, but we just want the best,” said Lewis.

(The IB) Is the most consistent curriculum in the world… for us it is a really easy decision to make.”


NLCS Admissions

NLCS will be a selective school, with children tested prior to being offered a place. However, once admitted Lewis says, “We have a no ceilings approach… we are committed to our students.”

The school hopes to attract “ambitious parents”, those who, “expect their children to attend Oxbridge or similar standard of universities globally” and “students who are “grounded, self-confident, curious learners.”

“They will want to go beyond curriculum boundaries to develop and explore their own unique talents.  NLCS will nurture these additional talents as well as the academic.

“Every child matters and is expected to find his or her academic niche and academic excellence.”


NLCS Leadership

The current Headmistress of NLCS (UK), Mrs Bernice McCabe (since 1999), will step down from her current role in June 2017 to take over a global function and will be directly and heavily involved in the set up in Dubai.

She told reporters: “This is an exciting time for the North London Collegiate family of schools, and it is with great anticipation that we announce the opening of NLCS Dubai. Our school in Dubai is part of our international vision and we are committed to delivering an outstanding education for students in the UAE. At NLCS schools, we believe that a happy student is a successful student, and that with the right guidance they will be able to flourish academically and socially.”

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