Welcome message from the Principal

Mr. Kelvin Hornsby

Welcome to the GEMS Cambridge International School. Our vision is to provide an outstanding world class education for all of the students in our care. We know what matters and what makes a difference to learning and staff at all levels promote a culture of inclusion, ambition, challenge, support and achievement for all that is totally student centred. Children are our priority and our expectations and support allow every child to excel. We create amazing opportunities for students and collaborate effectively with parents, who are our most valued partners. This helps us continually build on what we are doing and often takes us into new territory. Every child and member of staff is a current Guinness World Record Holder and we aim to break more records each year.

Getting to really know each child in our care is essential and we assess and use assessment information to improve learning. Our highly effective teachers understand the essential characteristics needed to deliver effective learning and they provide a truly inclusive international community where collaboration results in personal excellence. We always use the most cutting edge international research to develop our own bespoke professional development programme. Our strength lies in our many different faces of success – academic, leadership, sporting, creative or innovation – we find it, nurture it and celebrate it. We are a big school that celebrates the little things that can change students’ lives forever and we are exceptionally proud of our student ambassadors who have the potential to be world leaders.

Our students lead the school during ‘Take over Day’, hosts visit from NASA and visit world leading universities such as Harvard. Everything is possible at Cambridge. In Year 6 we deliver the Cambridge Award, focused on student Creativity, Innovation and Enterprise. Our secondary students attended the Model United Nations event at Harvard University, where they debated with students from around the world, and were awarded first prize in the international essay competition. Innovation competition first prizes include the Idea Factor Competition organised by Abu Dhabi University and the Future Intelligence Programme sponsored by Emirates Islamic Bank. Sporting successes have included 19 winning or second placed teams in Emirate and UAE competitions, 239 medals won by the swim squads, two male athletes being ranked in the top five outstanding performers at the UAE Teen Sports Awards and winners and runners-up at the World Ju Jitsu Championships.

The GEMS Core values of Leading through Innovation, Pursuing Excellence, Growing by Learning and Global Citizenship are embedded in our delivery of the National Curriculum for England, IGCSEs and A Levels. We are respectful and inclusive, celebrating diversity and are committed to the well-being of people and of the environment. We are open-minded, creative, resilient, reflective, and passionate and determined in embracing and driving positive change being ethical in our actions and accountable for them. The GEMS Cambridge International School exceeds international expectations and accelerated progress is the norm in a learning environment that is safe, happy and vibrant. We know this from our Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) Health and Safety and Arabic Audits. We work closely with ADEK and are proud to support their implementation of innovative educational policies, plans and programs that aim to achieve the objectives of national development in accordance with the highest international standards. Being part of the Cambridge and GEMS family is the best investment you will ever make in your child’s future.

 

Kelvin Hornsby

Principal & CEO

The GEMS Cambridge International School – Abu Dhabi