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Al Salam Private School

Al Salam Private School

Al Salam Private School is located in Al Nahda, Dubai. It provides education for both girls and boys, from ages 3 to 18. It currently has 1167 students, one in five of whom are from local, Emirati families. Arab nationals as a whole make up one in two students. Pakistanis account for almost one-third of the student body.

The school has 86 teachers and 38 support staff. Turnover among staff is low (15%). The school’s principal, Susan Patricia Johnston, has been in the role for 27 years, since the school was founded, making her one of the most enduring school heads in the country. The KHDA report describes her leadership as “visionary” (2012 report) and “dedicated” (2013 report) – very strong words for the KHDA. Nb: The record for tenure is currently held by Sister Samira Ayoub Botrus at Al Rashid school (in the position for 32 years). Both are anomalies in a country where a three to five year tenure is closer to the norm.

The school curriculum follows the Early Years Foundation Stage at KG level. At later phases the school follows the English National Curriculum (Cambridge Board Certified) with students entered for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) at the end of the secondary phase and AS Level examinations at the end of the post-16 phase.

The school offers core IGCSE subjects: English, Math, General Science (from Year 7 – Biology, Chemistry & Physics are taught separately), History, Geography, Social Studies and Computer Studies. In addition, the school offers Arabic as a first or second language, Religion, French, Music, Sports and Art. The school does not publish which AS ‘Levels it offers. One complaint from students concerns the range of options for study.

The school achieved excellent results in its 2016 GCSE examinations with 98 % of students achieving an A to C grade and a staggering 72 % scoring an A or A*.

Equally impressive results were achieved at A Level, with 42% of grades achieved being A or A* and 77 % A to C grade.

Comprehensive results achieved, dating back to 2009, may be found here.

The school has a rating of Good from Dubai’s education regulator, the KHDA which notes a “number of important strengths”, including good attainment and progress in Islamic Education, Arabic as a first language, and Arabic as an additional language and English in all phases.


Arabic and Islamic studies are normally weak points for private schools.

Other key strengths include students’ positive attitudes, behaviour, cultural awareness and understanding of Islamic values; outstanding provision for health and safety across the school; and outstanding support for students, including those with special educational needs..

Students with special educational needs are identified and well supported by specialists and teaching assistants.

Academic progress and attainment are Good or above across all stages of the school. However this year (2016) the school has moved up some ratings once again. It has Good attainment and progress in English at the secondary and post-16 stages, while mathematics at the post-16 stage is considered Outstanding. Its Foundation Stage is now rated Good across the board, and much of the secondary core subjects are all rated Very Good as are Primary maths.

Both parents and teachers are largely very positive about the school, students slightly less so – although still broadly very positive. Which School Advisor has so far received very limited response from parents regarding the school. We encourage parents to complete the survey. It may be found here.

The school does not publish a list of its facilities.

Tuition fees at the school are published on the school’s Web site, although are a little difficult to find. They range from 12,482409 AED for KG1 to 27,899 AED for Grade 13, which makes the school relatively highly affordable for a school following a UK curriculum. Full details below.



Grade/Year Annual fee (AED)
KG1 12,482.00
KG2 12,810.00
1 13,139.00
2 13,534.00
3 13,731.00
4 14,021.00
5 14,387.00
6 14,979.00
7 17,279.00
8 18,066.00
9 19,511.00
10 20,498.00
11 24,596.00
12 26,102.00
13 27,899.00


KHDA Rating

Academic year Overall performance Report
2013-2014 Good
2012-2013 Good
2011-2012 Good
2010-2011 Acceptable
2009-2010 Acceptable
2008-2009 Good





If you are the owner or the principal of the school and note any factual inaccuracies, or would like to update any information, please do not hesitate to contact us at editor@edu2021.com.


Update on September 5, 2016 | Reviewed by David on June 30, 2012


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  1. Al Salam Private School says
    February 13, 2014, 8:19 am

    We do publish results of our students (both IGCSE and AS) on our school website where we also post important notices, updates events, announcements, facilities and information about each department and our school community.


    • Professor says
      February 13, 2014, 8:24 am

      Many thanks for this information. We are in the process of updating your review.

      • Ahmed Siddiqui says
        January 23, 2015, 3:36 pm

        Impressive responsiveness, transparency and corrective action.

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