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Islamia English School

Islamia English School

Islamia English School (abbreviated as IES) is a private co-educational, England and Wales based curriculum K-12 school currently home to 2000 students, aged 3 to 17 years of age. The school is rated B4 by ADEC, the Abu Dhabi education regulator. A “B” school is a satisfactory school, and the 4 rating means Islamia is making good progress.

This is a school where English is not the first language at home and many students arrive in KG with little knowledge of it. The school was established originally as a school for Pakistani expatriates living in Abu Dhabi.  The majority of students, 54%, remain from Pakistan, 5% come from India, 4% are Bangladeshi, 8% Egyptian, 5% Sudanese, 4% Jordanian, 1% Palestinian and around 1% are British and American. The remaining percentage comes from Sri Lanka, The Yemen, Syria, The Philippines, Costa Rica and Canada. All students are Muslim.

From this low base KG,students make good progress in literacy, numeracy and social development. They make satisfactory progress in other areas of learning. When they leave Kindergarten, standards are broadly average. Progress in the primary sector remains satisfactory. It varies from good to unsatisfactory depending upon the quality of the teaching. Progress continues to be good in the skills of literacy and numeracy.

Progress accelerates in the secondary sector according to ADEC and standards at the end of Grade 10 are in line with international standards and those of similar schools. Standards in Arabic and Islamic studies are also higher than international standards. Standards in other subjects are broadly similar to international standards.

In terms of exams, Islamia English School is affiliated with Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (Islamabad, Pakistan) for providing SSC and HSSC education, and with Edexcel for providing IGCSE and GCE Advanced Level education. According to its latest inspection report, school leaders and staff “have worked tirelessly to improve the school”. The school does not publish its results, but according to ADEC, the number of students gaining 5 A* to C grades at International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) has increased significantly, “as has attendance”. The missing bit of information is, from what base.

Subjects offered at IGCSE are limited: English Language, English Literature, Arabic, Urdu/Hindi/Bengali, Quran, Islamic Studies, Mathematics, Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology), Social Studies, Pakistan Studies, Economics, Home Science, ICT, Art/Craft & Physical Education. A Levels are even more limited: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or Biology – Science Group; or Accounting, Business Studies, Economics – Commerce Group.

Facilities at Islamia English School include a range of science laboratories fully equipped for chemistry, physics and biology, a small mosque, library and a number of sporting facilities for football, badminton, squash, basketball and table tennis. The building has been improved and the science laboratories have been refurbished and science and computer labs added.

Resources are satisfactory. More computers have been purchased. The library is a well‐used resource, however the number of books is limited. There is also a limited range of attractive books in Kindergarten.


Fees are relatively very affordable which will of course constrain investment in resources, ranging from AED 6,645 to AED 14,460. This includes the tuition fee, books and uniforms.


Inspection Reports

Islamia English School, ADEC Inspection Report, 2013





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Update on June 26, 2015 | Reviewed by David on August 10, 2012

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