GFS is certified with the following:

BSO Logo British School Overseas 

BSO accreditation means that GFS is officially recognised by the Department for Education (DfE) in the UK. The framework to meet these standards ensures that we are now recognised amongst the top schools in the world. It really is a very positive and honest report on our school with us achieving 5 Outstanding judgments and 3 Good judgments in the 8 main areas for BSO criteria. 


COBIS LogoCouncil of British International Schools

GEMS Founders School Dubai is a certified COBIS member recognising British International Schools of Global Quality.

Primary Science Quality Mark

GEMS Founders School, Dubai have maintained the accreditation of the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM). PSQM is a comprehensive evidence-based professional development programme that effectively develops science leadership, ensuring teachers have the knowledge, capability and support they need to transform science education and shape future generations.


High Performance LearningHigh Performance Learning

GEMS Founders School, Dubai is on a very exciting journey to Outstanding using High Performance Learning as its vehicle. The High Performance Learning approach recognises that all learners have the potential to achieve the very highest results and emphasises and develops the attitudes and performance characteristics required for this to happen. Working collaboratively with outstanding schools both here in Dubai and across the world, we have been implementing the strategies of High Performance Learning across the school since September 2019; reaching out beyond our classrooms into our wider learning community. Everyone linked to GEMS Founders School, Dubai is part of this unique journey towards excellence. We continue to work to embed this strategy into the fabric of everything that we do at Founders and welcome you to join us in learning more about High Performance Learning.



Eco Schools - Green Flag Award

Eco-Schools is the largest global sustainable schools programme – it starts in the classroom and expands to the community by engaging the next generation in action-based learning.


BSMEBritish Schools in the Middle East

GFS is a member of British Schools Middle East. This organisation supports a network of high quality British international schools in the region and is an invaluable partnership between member schools and business partners specialising in educational services, products and tools


The Wellbeing Award for Schools

The Wellbeing Award for Schools ensures that mental health and wellbeing sit at the heart of school life at GFS. Wellbeing is a key focus at GFS be it staff, parents and most importantly children.


The SEND Inclusion Award

The SEND Inclusion Award recognises high-quality education for students of determination, acknowledging that GFS is compliant with the SEND Code of Practice. The ward framework identifies early identification, inclusive teaching and leadership in the area of inclusive education.



The Leading Parent Partnership Award

The Leading Parent Partnership Award  is an indication that GFS encourages parents to be involved in their children's learning, leading to improved outcomes in all aspects of school life.


Duke of Edinburgh's International Awards

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

We have been licensed to provide the DofE to our highschool students. We are currently in the first year of delivering the award with 20 students participating between our year 10s and 12s. We also offer the Mini and Junior Duke awards to our primary students with over 120 students participating in the first year. This accreditation provides opportunities for learners to develop confidence, resilience, team working – these are just some of the skills young people get through their DofE that help them in life and improve their chances of moving forward in education or getting a job.



DASSA Sports

Entering this organization provides our learners opportunities to represent GFS at a number of age groups and sports throughout the academic year. It allows leaners to compete against other learners from across the Emirate of Dubai and develop their practical skills, communication skills and working part of a team. 



Sports Leaders UK

This accreditation enables our learners to become confident, healthy leaders through sport and physical activity. Learners have the opportunity to demonstrate important life skills such as effective communication and organisation whilst learning to lead basic physical activities to younger people.



UK Mathematics Trust

GFS are a registered centre with The UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT), which was founded in 1996 with the charitable aim to advance the education of young people in mathematics. Through our membership with UKMT, our students are able to participate in competitions promoting problem solving and team work and other mathematical enrichment activities.


Pearson Edexcel

Pearson/Edexcel - Approved Examination Centre

Pearson’s World Class Qualifications programme brings together international assessment and education experts to develop qualifications that will support young people to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. Pearson Edexcel offers International GCSE (IG), GCSE, International Advanced level (IAL), GCE A level. It delivers a consistent learning journey, with world class support services, for students and teachers, everywhere in the world.



 AQA Approved Examination Centre

AQA offer a range of qualifications specifically designed for international British curriculum schools through their joint venture with Oxford University Press and Oxford International AQA Examinations.

Oxford AQA

Oxford AQA - Approved Examination Centre

Oxford AQA brings together the educational expertise of two leading UK-based organisations: Oxford University Press, a department of the University of Oxford, and AQA, the UK’s largest academic awarding body. Their international qualifications are based on AQA’s, which are the most popular specifications in the UK, and have been specially developed for students studying in the Middle East and Asia.




The Alliance for Sustainable Schools

The Alliance for Sustainable Schools (TASS) is a non-profit network of schools working together to help accelerate the transition to a sustainable future. TASS members share a commitment to the principles of the Sustainable Schools Charter. As an agent of change, TASS harnesses the collective influence of its members, engages with their students, and partners with innovative organisations in their local communities to catalyse systems change in five focus areas – school food, school buses, school uniforms, school buildings and education for sustainability.