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Raffles International School, South Campus

Innoventures owned Raffles International School South Campus is located in Umm Suqeim and currently has 1,489 (up from 1,099) boys and girls on its roll, majority Arab Nationals, aged between four and 13 years (Grade 7). Student numbers are up almost 400 places on this time last year, and up 700 over two years. Some parents have noted a change in atmosphere as the school has grown. Grade 7 is new this year.

The school employs 101 (up from 76) fully qualified teachers and 69 (up from 39) teaching assistants. The Headteacher, David Impey,has now headed the school for over one year, starting in September 2013. Previously Mr Impey was the secondary school headteacher of Dubai International Academy, another Innoventures school.

In the last academic year, the school added four new heads of secondary subjects and a whole-school head of Special Educational Needs (SEN).

Currently over 80 nationalities are represented in the student body – Arabs, Asians and Europeans. About one quarter of the students have Arabic as a first language. Four percent of the students have some form of special educational needs.

The school adopts the Montessori approach to Foundation Stage classes, as well as the Cambridge Primary Curriculum. In the secondary phase, students follow the Cambridge Secondary Curriculum.

The school is said to have achieved good attainment and progress in English, mathematics and science across all phases – and outstanding progress for maths and English at Foundation Stage. The KHDA notes outstanding attitudes and behaviour of its students, as well as a strong sense of community. The school is also noted for its excellent educational resources, including the indoor and outdoor facilities, which enhanced learning.

The school is also noted for the “commitment of staff to being inclusive” and catering for the needs of individual students.

School facilities – educational and otherwise – are in general very good, with classrooms equipped with latest instructional audio-visual facilities (LCD  projector/visualiser/sound system), pre-school facilities for up to 250 children, tutorial rooms, a theatre, art rooms, a dance studio, music rooms, science and computer labs, a football field, swimming pools, a sports hall, basketball courts, badminton courts, tennis courts, and prayer rooms.


The KHDA’s recommendations include improving progress and attainment in Arabic (little progress has been made over the last 12 months), increasing the opportunities for students to take responsibility for their own learning, particularly through enquiry, research and use of technology and to review the processes of curriculum planning, lesson planning and assessment of students’ progress, to clarify for staff what is required and to provide a stronger focus on student learning.

The school seems to have a strong counselling department, and WSA very much likes the online resources it offers to parents – well. anyone who visits the site actually. You may find some very interesting material here. It includes a series of articles on everything from “Don’t be Afraid of Praise” to  the “Tools of Encouragement”. The school also has a very clear guide to Behaviour Management.

The school also has a very simple, but clear Parents Handbook which may be found here.

The school offers after school activities, but they are not covered in tuition fees.

Did you know that Raffles has its own information app? If you’re a parent of the school it may be downloaded onto your desktop or mobile. More info here. 

Which School Advisor gets largely positive feedback on both the West and South campuses of the school. Most parents we speak to are happy with their decision, and would recommend the school, the first question in the WSA School Survey.

Fees for Raffles International (2013/14), South Campus range from 26,125 AED for KG1 which is low to mid-end, up to 48,906 AED for Year 6 – very much mid-end. There is an array of additional costs and charges. New students will need to sit an assessment test and pay AED 1000 (non-refundable) for the privilege. If accepted the registration Fee is AED 7,000 (which is non-refundable but adjustable against the semester’s fees).

There is a sibling discount of 5% – but only applicable for the fourth child onwards (!).

For returning students there is a re-registration fee of AED 3,000 (non-refundable but adjustable against the first semester’s fees). In addition each year there is an ‘Educational Material Fee’.

The school has an online application form.





School Fees

Grade/Year Annual fee (AED)
KG1 26125.00
KG2 31350.00
1 40546.00
2 40546.00
3 40546.00
4 48906.00
5 48906.00
6 48906.00
7 55176.00
8 55176.00
9 55176.00
10 61446.00


KHDA Rating

2013-2014 Good
2012-2013 Good
2011-2012 Good
2010-2011 Good
2009-2010 Acceptable
2008-2009 Good


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Update on June 26, 2015 | Reviewed by WhichSchoolAdvisor.com on May 13, 2013

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  1. Nony says
    January 20, 2014, 5:44 pm

    This year the student number is 1600, up 400. You can feel the difference.


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