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Pristine Private School, Dubai

Clearly doing something right, 20 year old plus Pristine Private School has now held a Good KHDA rating for four years, after four years of being ‘Acceptable’. This makes it one of the best value, Good ranked UK curriculum schools in the emirate: Fees range from 9500 AED to just under 18,000 AED per year depending on Grade – one fifth or less of the fees demanded at Dubai’s most pricey schools.

The school currently provides an education for 1,540 boys and girls (flat over the last academic year). The demographic of the school is dominated by students from Pakistani families (two-fifths); with significant numbers from the Philippines (one in four) and Sri Lanka (one in 10). In total however 48 different nationalities are represented at the school.

There are currently 128 teachers at the school giving a respectable teacher:student ratio of 1:11. Teaching is currently said to be very good in the foundation stage and good in other phases.  Providing teacher support are an additional 24 teaching assistants.

Teacher turnover last year was average to high – running at 21%.

Just 40 students are currently identified as having special educational needs. The school is described as a “caring and supportive learning environment” and provides “adequate provision” for students with special educational needs and disabilities.

The school offers the National Curriculum for England and Wales. At Foundation Stage it follows the Early Years curriculum. In the primary and secondary phases it follows the National Curriculum of England and Wales, as well as the Ministry of Education framework for Islamic Education and Arabic. Senior students sit the University of Cambridge International Examinations (IGCSE) at Year 11, and Cambridge AS and A-levels at Years 12 and 13.

Unfortunately the school does not publish details of its examination results, so it is not possible to ascertain how successful the school is academically.

According to inspectors the curriculum provides some opportunities for students to acquire the skills of investigation and inquiry in order to make evaluative judgments, but only in science are these skills sufficiently well developed. “Older students demonstrated some of the necessary skills of critical thinking and problem solving that international assessments tests required. Whilst this was sporadic in English and mathematics, there was a much greater consistency in science.”


Particular strengths of the school include outstanding attitudes, behaviour, and awareness of Islamic values, UAE culture and social responsibility demonstrated by students in all phases, and the quality of teaching in science that provided students with challenging and engaging learning opportunities.  In the past Pristine’s “highly stimulating and well-resourced” learning environment in Foundation Stage was noted, enabling “children make an excellent start”.

The KHDA notes very good progress and attainment in English and Science in the secondary phase of the school. Elsewhere there is consistently Good progress and attainment in Maths, English and Science. The school needs to improve students’ attainment and progress in Arabic.

The school has done well so far in feedback to WhichSchoolAdvisor in our School Survey. Parents would recommend the school, and are happy with attainment academically and with their interaction with the school. Accordong tot he KHDA school leaders know students well.

Feedback to the KHDA mirrors our findings with parents largely satisfied with the quality of education. They state their children enjoy school, make good or better progress in English, are treated fairly in school, and are educated in a safe environment. They are less positive regarding progress in Arabic as a first language, the understanding of Islamic for non-Muslims and the engagement of students in community projects.

Pristine offers good facilities for its students with Computer Laboratories, Technology Equipped Classrooms, Libraries, Art Studios, a Swimming Pool, and a Multipurpose Grand Auditorium. The KHDA notes that technology needs greater distribution through the school.

Fees at Pristine, as noted, are relatively highly affordable, ranging from 9,000 AED to just under 18,000 AED per year depending on Grade. Full details on fees may be found below. The school’s online application may be found here.


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FS 1 9508
FS 2 10095
YEAR 1 10754
YEAR 2 10754
YEAR 3 10754
YEAR 4 11379
YEAR 5 11379
YEAR 6 11379
YEAR 7 12025
YEAR 8 12439
YEAR 9 13165
YEAR 10 16129
YEAR 11 16997
YEAR 12 17812
YEAR 13 17812


KHDA Rating

2008-2009 Acceptable
2009-2010 Acceptable click here
2010-2011 Acceptable click here
2011-2012 Acceptable click here
2012-2013 Good click here
2013-2014 Good click here
2014-2015 Good click here
2015-2016 Good click here




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Update on July 31, 2016 | Reviewed by WhichSchoolAdvisor.com on June 14, 2013


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  1. David Urshoff says
    July 28, 2016, 10:07 am

    This is very old. the fee has increased a lot

    • July 31, 2016, 8:50 am

      Many thanks David, we have updated the review with the latest information.


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