Curriculum

Offering a world-class education founded on an elaborated National Curriculum for England (NCfE)

GEMS Westminster School, Sharjah adheres to the English National Curriculum, which is a standardised curriculum followed by thousands of British schools around the world. Teaching and learning is enquiry-based, with an emphasis on problem solving, and aims to build up students' abilities as learners. As in all GEMS Education schools, work takes place both individually and in groups in order to meet the needs of each child. This ensures that they are able to be independent, self-confident, inquiring and life-long learners.

When a child leaves our school, he or she will have several years’ experience of academic, sporting, dramatic, artistic, musical and personal growth to look back on. GEMS Westminster School offers an extraordinarily wide array of options for students to expand their knowledge, with the core curriculum being enhanced by broad offerings in technology, sports, and in the visual and performing arts. This wide portfolio of opportunities encourages our students to make thoughtful choices, whilst understanding and applying quantitative reasoning and analytical thinking.

Primary Section; Key Stage 1-2 (Grades KG2 -G5)

We are proud to offer a vibrant and rich learning process in the Primary Section that is a child-centred, experiential, and applications-orientated. Our relaxed and caring learning environment, alongside a strong, well-rounded curriculum, provides students with a perfect blend of academic, social, and emotional growth.

Secondary Section; Key Stage 3+4 (Grades 6 -10)

The K3 programme features an academically productive environment in which all students are challenged to pursue their passions and reach their full potential. The learning process focuses on individualised student needs and extending academic expectations, with each child gaining considerably in independence and confidence. This is a time marked by great change in a child’s life. Students in G11 take UK IGCSE examinations.

Key Stage 5 (Grades 11-12)

Challenging students to find their identity as scholars, artists, leaders, athletes and scientists, K5 centres around the ‘AS’ Level programme of the UK examination board.

Thought-provoking work across all of the major disciplines, in tandem with plentiful extra-curricular opportunities, provides students with a level of flexibility that allows them to create a school experience that best addresses their individual requirements. This includes ‘Special’ Arabic (for Arabs), Regular Arabic for non-Arabs, and Islamic Studies (forMuslim students) for Arabs and non-Arabs. A Social Studies curriculum is also provided by MOE for Arab andnon-Arab speakers.

Students of Determination

GEMS Westminster School Sharjah is an inclusive school that celebrates diversity. The GEMS vision for Inclusive Education is that we achieve excellence together by all students receiving the support they need to meaningfully belong to their school and wider community, feel valued for their contributions, engage purposefully in learning and experience academic, cultural, social and emotional success in a common learning environment. 

 

At GEMS Westminster School Sharjah we understand that children have a range of learning preferences, including students of determination (students with special education needs and disabilities), students who are gifted and talented and students who are English Language Learners. Our staff are committed to educating all students in a common learning environment with similar-aged peers.  At GEMS Westminster School Sharjah diversity is seen as a strength, respectful relationships are continually enhanced and our children all participate in learning through adjustments and teaching strategies tailored to meet the diverse range of learners reflected in wider society.

 

To ensure that we are able to meet the learning needs of all our children, it is important that parents fully share details of any special educational needs, individual education plans (IEPs) and any Educational Psychologist, Pediatric, or other specialist reports (e.g., Speech and Language or Occupational Therapy) that have been completed. Sharing educational history with GEMS Westminster School Sharjah prior to a place being offered is essential so that staff can ensure an appropriate assessment of educational need, educational plan and resourcing is in place.