Middle School

Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 (Year 3 to Year 8)

Students in this programme follow Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum for England, which continues to build on the foundations that are established in Foundation and Key Stage 1.

Ongoing assessment ensures that each child’s progress and development are continuous and meet predetermined standards. We encourage students to think independently, use their initiative and to participate in a meaningful and active manner in the learning process.

Core Academic Curriculum

Includes instruction in:

  • Arabic
  • Islamic Studies
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science  
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Children are introduced to foreign languages such as French

Supplementary Subjects

The overall education experience is enhanced and supplemented with instructions in:

  • Humanities
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Personal, Social and Health Education


A selection of extra-curricular activities broadens the opportunities for students to enhance their natural abilities and to challenge themselves through development of new interest areas. Extra-curricular activities may include Drama, Music, Computers, Art and Design, a variety of sports activities and a number of school clubs. A full intervention programme will be made available for students to further develop their core literacy and numeracy skills.

Throughout the educational experience at the GEMS Cambridge International School, Abu Dhabi, students are involved in learning the practical use and application of Information and Communications Technology. Microsoft IT qualifications will eventually be offered to older students at additional cost.

Development of leadership qualities and skills is put into practical application in Key Stage 2 providing each student the opportunity to share class and school responsibilities that nurture organisational skills, co-operation, accountability and team spirit.

By the end of Year 6, all students would have gained a well-rounded education and they would have developed a thorough understanding and character, articulate expression, confidence, and be well-prepared for their secondary education.

Key Stage 3 Subjects

Years 7 to 8, known as Key Stage 3, follows the National Curriculum for England and includes the subjects:

  • English
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Humanities
  • Sciences
  • Computer Sciences
  • A selection of second languages
  • Art and Design
  • Physical Education
  • Personal, Social and Health Education

Head of Secondary School

David Craggs
As Vice Principal and Head of Secondary at GEMS Cambridge International School – Abu Dhabi I have worked for GEMS for 3 years. I have 16 years’ experience in education and was previously Senior Deputy Headteacher in one of the largest schools in Europe. 


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