Meet Our Principal

Mr. Matthew Burfield

I am very proud to welcome you to GEMS Founders School, a brand new British Curriculum co-educational school in the south of Al Barsha. I hope that the information you will discover about our new school assists you in making one of the most important decisions any parent has to make; the school they will trust with their child.

I have over 10 years experience working in a variety of UK schools and over 5 years experience in British International Schools. As a fully trained school inspector I also bring with me a wealth of experience from other schools all over the world. My team of senior leaders have over 50 years experience between them of working here in the UAE. Between us and the many other great members of staff we have already appointed for Founders School I am confident our school will be soon well known for the quality of education it provides.

GEMS Founders School follows the National Curriculum for England and will open from Foundation Stage (aged 3) to Year 9 (aged 13) in the first year. The school will eventually grow through to Year 13 offering an A level curriculum.Within this framework we are also mindful of the fact that our school will be truly international in its character as well as respecting our host country in its vision, history and traditions. This will be achieved through high quality learning in lessons, an extensive range of enrichment activities and a truly personalised educational experience for each child.

GEMS Education is world renowned for its quality and Founders School will take full advantage of the network of outstanding practice that already exists within GEMS schools to ensure all our children benefit from the wider GEMS community.

Mr. Matthew Burfield 
Principal and CEO