Admissions Process

How to begin your child's journey...

GEMS Founders School is an inclusive school. The GEMS vision for Inclusive Education is that we achieve excellence together by all students receiving the support they need to meaningfully belong to their school and wider community, feel valued for their contributions, engage purposefully in learning and experience academic, cultural, social and emotional success in a common learning environment. 

At GEMS Founders School we welcome children with a range of learning preferences, including students of determination (students with special education needs and disabilities), students who are gifted and talented and students who are English Language Learners. Our staff are committed to educating all students in a common learning environment with similar-aged peers. At GEMS Founders School diversity is made visible as a strength, respectful relationships are continually enhanced and all children fully participate in learning through adjustments and teaching strategies tailored to meet the diverse range of learners reflected in wider society.

Please share full details of any special educational needs, individual education plans (IEPs) and any Educational Psychologist, Pediatric, or other specialist reports (e.g., Speech and Language or Occupational Therapy) if completed. Sharing educational history with GEMS Founders School prior to a place being offered is essential so that staff can ensure an appropriate assessment of educational need, educational plan and resourcing is in place. Admission is not conditional on the submission of a medical diagnosis and we have effective transition processes in place for all children.

Students are not refused admission based only on their experience of a special education need or disability (SEND) and we give sibling priority for admission to students who experience SEND. Staff follow KHDA guidance and procedures for scenarios where, very rarely, it may not be in the best interests of the child to be placed in GEMS Founders School. This information will be shared with the KHDA, following expected procedures.

GEMS Founders School follows the National Curriculum for England and endeavors to prepare your children for a UK education  in the future. In order to achieve this we wish for children to be placed appropriately in the correct year group.

STEP 1 – ONLINE APPLICATION www.gemsfoundersschool-dubai.com

  • Select ‘ENROL NOW’ or ‘ENROL ONLINE’ under the Admissions tab on the home page of GEMS FOUNDERS SCHOOL.

  • Complete the Online Student Enquiry & Registration. Once you complete the form, you will receive an acknowledgement with an online reference number and advice on the following steps.

STEP 2 – REGISTRATION

  • Parents should pay a fee of AED 500 online or by visiting the school (non-refundable, non-transferrable and non-adjustable) to initiate the registration.

  • Parents are required to submit the listed documents to complete the application. Please note you are requested to upload the documents online. Due to the large volume of applications we receive daily, we will not be able to accept these documents through email.

Note: Payment of the Registration fee does not guarantee your child a place at the school. Your application will only be completed once we have received all documentation and the required payment.

STEP 3 - ASSESSMENT

OBSERVATION -Foundation Stage 1 and 2 (FS1 and FS2) 

WRITTEN ASSESSMENTS - Year 1 and Year 2

CAT4 AND WRITTEN ASSESSMENTS (when required) -Year 3 to Year 10 and year 12

  • Your child will be invited by the School Registrar for an assessment or for an interview (when appropriate and if necessary) via email notification or phone.

  • Results will be notified via email or by phone.

STEP 4 – ENROLMENT

  • Registrar will be sending offer letters to successful applicants, subject to seat availability.

  • Payment of Assessment fee/Admission Fee of AED 1,500 (non-refundable, non-transferrable and non-adjustable) in cash or through credit card.

  • Once the above process is completed student is officially enrolled.

  • Parents will be notified via email the schedule of tuition fee payment, by the Finance department.

Note: If a seat is not available, your child’s application will be placed on a waitlist until a seat becomes available.

Required Documents:

  • Passport (Copies for child, father and mother) 
  • Residency visa page (Copies for child, father and mother - when available)
  • Copy of your child's birth certificate (in English or Arabic)
  • Recent passport size photographs of your child
  • Copies of your child's last 2 school reports for all children entering Year 1 and above (in English); Nursery report cards, if available, for children entering FS1 and FS2. 6 months validity medical, therapy report, if your child is with special educational needs.
  • Copy of your child’s immunisation card
  • Emirates ID card back & front (Copies for child, father and mother- when available)
  • Original Emirates ID of child and both the parents (will be required if your child is accepted into GEMS Founders School-Dubai)
  • Transfer certificate or previous schools’ leaving certificate. (original will be required on or before your child's first day at the school, if your child is accepted into GEMS Founders School-Dubai)

The above supporting documents written in bold letters are the minimum requirement to process your application.

Please look into our Admission Policy for more information.

Transfer Certificate Guidelines:

Transfer certificate must be on official school letterhead and must contain the below information.

  1. Full name of student

  2. Date of birth

  3. Enrolment date and the year group when the child first started at the current school

  4. (i) Present class

  5. (ii) Year/Grade completed

    (iii) Year/Grade promoted to

  6. School curriculum

  7. Principal signature and school stamp

If transferred from a school within the GCC (GCC Countries- Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman) or from another UAE Emirate, transfer certificate must be attested by the Ministry of Education.

Children coming from countries other than USA, Australia, Canada, Western Europe, Japan and New Zealand should have the original Transfer Certificate (TC) attested by:

  1. Educational Authorities (from country of TC origin),

  2. Ministry of Foreign Affairs (from country of TC origin)

  3. UAE Embassy (from country of TC origin).

For further information, contact our registrar on +971 45195234.