Welcome Message

Mr. Kelvin Hornsby

Welcome to the GEMS Cambridge International School, Abu Dhabi (CIA). As part of GEMS Education our mission is to put a quality education within the reach of every learner. Our vision at CIA is to provide an outstanding world class education, that adds the most value, for all of the learners 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 learner centred. Children and young adults are our priority, and our expectations and support allow every child to be a high performer. We create amazing opportunities for learners 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 in our efforts to ensure that every learner thrives.

Getting to really know each learner in our care is essential and we assess and use assessment information to improve our support and guidance. Our highly effective teachers understand the essential characteristics needed to deliver high performance learning and they provide a truly inclusive international community, based on British ethos and values, 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 learners’ lives forever and we are exceptionally proud of our student ambassadors who have the potential to be world leaders.

At CIA we strive to make sure every day is fulfilling with a focus on wellbeing – mentally, physically, and dietary. With a truly innovative blended learning programme our teachers are our super heroes working tirelessly in our purpose built school building with its integrated technology. We offer British based learning experiences that add significant value through breadth of curriculum, choice and where a culture of creative thinking helps learners become global citizens and critical thinkers with adaptability and empathy. Through our High Performance Learning personalised experience learners are instilled with the values, attitudes and attributes, that when coupled with the development of advanced cognitive performance characteristics facilitate high level problem solving and entrepreneurship.  CIA has a track record of securing excellent academic results through the best British curriculum provision and has produced hundreds of graduates who can think for themselves and are socially confident due to the rich diet of educational experiences on offer. We try to ensure that no learner gets left behind and that they are always university, college and workplace ready.

Our learners lead the school during ‘Take over Day’, they have strong links with NASA, Humans in Space – International Astronautics Academy – and our learners were chosen to meet Hazzaa Ali Mansouri and Sultan Al Neyadi. They visit world leading universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard. Many alumni attend leading British universities such as Imperial College, Loughborough University, Liverpool University, and Nottingham University, to name a few. Everything is possible at CIA. In Year 6 we deliver the Cambridge Award, focused on learner Creativity, Innovation and Enterprise. Our secondary learners attend the Model United Nations event at Harvard University, where they debate with students from around the world, and have a track record of success, an example being awarded first prize in the international essay competition. Creativity and Innovation competition first prizes include the Idea Factor Competition organised by Abu Dhabi University, the Future Intelligence Programme sponsored by Emirates Islamic Bank, and the HPL Global Art Competition.

Sporting successes have included 42 winning, second or third placed teams in Emirate and UAE competitions, over 500 medals won by the swim squads, two male athletes being ranked in the top five outstanding performers at the UAE Teen Sports Awards, winners and runners-up at the World Ju Jitsu Championships, learners who represent the top football clubs in Europe, their home countries and the UAE in cricket and rugby. There are over 200 sports academy activities, from grass roots to elite sport, and CIA was one of the first schools in the UAE to gain Unified Champion School Status for its inclusive approach to sport. Our learners have been FIFA World Club Cup Journalists, FIFA World Club Cup, AFC Asian Cup Player Escorts and Special Olympics Ambassadors.

The GEMS Core values of Care, One Team, Always Learning and Excellence 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, Abu Dhabi produces learners who exceed British and international expectations with accelerated progress being the norm in a learning environment that is safe, happy and vibrant. Our partnership working with the High Performance Learning UK Team provides world class training opportunities for our staff based on the very best British and international practice.

Our learning environment meets the highest standards and we know this from our GEMS Education, Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) Health and Safety, Safeguarding 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. As part of our quality assurance processes CIA practice is also reviewed by UK Education providers such as High Performance Learning, Optimus Education, Safeguarding Alliance, Cambridge Assessments and University Press, Pearson Edexcel and OxfordAQA Examination Awarding Bodies to ensure it is the very best it can be.

Being part of the GEMS family, the largest education company in the world with over 190 schools in more than 10 countries, will offer your child a learning experience that lasts a lifetime. Choosing CIA, the flagship school in the Cambridge Brand, which has a legacy of over 100 years of British education provision, is the best investment you will ever make in your child’s future.


Kelvin Hornsby

Principal & CEO

The GEMS Cambridge International School – Abu Dhabi

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