Frequently Asked Questions

GHS to suspend all educational services by March 2021

1. Why are all educational services at GEMS Heritage School being suspended?

We founded GHS four years ago with the aim of growing the school quickly to become home to thousands of students. Yet while the number of students has increased, growth has been gradual and, despite our best efforts, it has not been at the rate we expected. Moving forward, especially given the current pandemic, we do not expect growth to reach the level initially hoped for.

The number of students at GHS makes it impossible for us to continue to provide the very best education. The physical size of the campus is simply not appropriate or economical for the number of students it currently serves.

In fact, for the time that the GHS campus has been open, we have been running the school at a considerable loss. This means we cannot maintain a level of investment that parents of children at a GEMS school expect and deserve. We have also had to deal with the impact of COVID-19 on every business and family in the region, and we expect this will cause growth to be even slower. 

It is for this reason that, after careful consideration and approval from KHDA, we have decided to suspend educational services at GHS at the end of the academic year in March 2021. This decision was not made lightly and comes as a last resort, but it is a necessary decision. And by making the right decisions today – by securing the future of GEMS – we secure the future of every generation of children to come.

2. What will happen to the GHS campus after March 2021?

No decision has yet been made regarding use of the GHS campus after the end of the current academic year, and we are still assessing options.

3. Which GHS students will be required to move to another school and when?

All GHS students will need to have transferred to another school by the start of the next academic year. For most students, this means they have the option to either transfer in September 2020 or in March 2021. Whichever option is preferred, we will fully support families in finding the right GEMS school and assist them through the admissions process.

Students in Grades 9 and 11 are required to be registered at the same school in which they complete Grades 10 and 12. This means they will need to transfer to another school in September 2020 in order to meet this requirement. We will provide families of Grade 9 and 11 students full support as they make this transition, and are offering places at a variety of GEMS schools – including GEMS New Millennium School, Al Khail, where parents’ current GHS fees will be applied until the end of the academic year ending March 2021.

We are currently awaiting approval from CBSE on whether Grade 10 students will be permitted to transfer to GEMS New Millennium School, Al Khail. We will inform parents as soon as we receive confirmation from CBSE.

The GHS team is available to assist parents in the first instance. The GEMS parent relations team is also here to advise and guide on the best options for each family – please email [email protected]education.com or call 600 567 771 (8am-5pm Sun-Thu).

4. What about school fees?

We can offer GHS students priority placement in a variety of CBSE and international curriculum schools that are part of the GEMS network, and our parent relations team will be contacting families over the coming days and weeks to offer advice and guidance. We have schools at a range of fee points, including many with similar fees to those at GHS.

In addition, any families that wish to transfer to GEMS New Millennium School, Al Khail in September 2020 will have their current GHS fees applied until the end of the academic year ending March 2021.

5. In which other GEMS schools can GHS students be placed?

All GHS families will be given priority placement at any school within the GEMS network, and we will fully support them in finding the right school and assist them through the admissions process.

Options available include the following:

 

DUBAI

GEMS New Millennium School, Al Khail

  • Located in Dubai Hills
  • KHDA inspection rating: Very Good
  • CBSE curriculum + iGCSE
  • Fee range: AED18,188 – 31,025 (inclusive of extended day programme)
  • If you decide to join in September 2020, your current GHS fee will be applied until the end of the academic year ending March 2021
  • Website: https://www.gemsnewmillenniumschool-alkhail.com

The Kindergarten Starters

  • Located in Al Garhoud
  • KHDA inspection rating: Good
  • CBSE curriculum
  • Fee range: AED 7,711 – 10,292
  • Kindergarten to Grade 5 only
  • Website: https://www.gemskgs.com

GEMS Winchester School, Dubai

GEMS Founders School, Dubai

SHARJAH

GEMS Millennium School - Sharjah

Our Own English High School, Sharjah - Boys Branch

Our Own English High School, Sharjah - Girls

  • Located in Industrial Area 6, Sharjah
  • SPEA inspection rating: Good
  • CBSE curriculum
  • Fee range: AED 7,502 – 14,278
  • Website: https://www.gemsoo-sharjah.com

The GHS team is available to assist parents in the first instance. The GEMS parent relations team is also here to advise and guide you on the best options for your family – please email [email protected] or call 600 567 771 (8am-5pm Sun-Thu).

6. What if the fees are higher at a new GEMS school?

Any families that wish to transfer to GEMS New Millennium School, Al Khail in September 2020 will have their current GHS fees applied until the end of the academic year ending March 2021. After this, the new school’s fees will apply.

7. If moved to another GEMS school mid-academic year, will GHS students have to purchase new uniforms, PE kits and books?

The sale of GHS uniforms did not go ahead at the start of this academic year, due to COVID-19 and the resulting lockdown. If your child is leaving GHS, you will need to purchase your new school’s uniform. If, however, your child is continuing with GHS until March 2021, you will receive a 50% discount on all items of GHS uniform.

8. Will GHS teachers be transferred to another GEMS school?

All GHS teachers will be guaranteed employment until the end of the academic year in March 2021. After this, we will do everything in our power to support teachers in the transition. Given the size of GEMS, we anticipate that there will be opportunities for teachers to transfer to other schools within our network, and we will assist them in this process wherever possible.

Given the uncertainties of the current situation, we are unfortunately not in a position to guarantee employment for all other GHS staff. However, we will support staff wherever possible in the event that a suitable position becomes available within the GEMS network. In addition, GHS will continue to operate as normal for the remainder of the academic year, meaning the school will need to continue to employ a large number of staff until March 2021.

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