What the Papers (and Other Media) Said…

UAE’s best schools honoured at awards ceremony

The National

More than 850 teaching staff turned out for the Top School Awards at Bollywood Parks on Thursday.


One of the oldest formal primary schools in Dubai has been named the best school in the UAE.


Dubai English Speaking School, founded in the upstairs room of a villa in 1963, won the ultimate accolade of the Top Schools Awards 2019 at a ceremony in Bollywood Parks on Thursday night.



Organised by education ranking website SchoolsCompared.com, a total of 21 awards were up for grabs at the Rajmahal Theatre.


Dubai English Speaking School, and the primary school’s collegiate counterpart, Dubai English Speaking College, shared the top prize.


“What a brilliant year we are having. So proud of our amazing school community,” a statement on the school’s Twitter account read.


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Top UAE schools recognised


Gulf News


Awards looked beyond traditional criteria and included holistic development


Dubai: They may lose weekends making lesson plans and sleep late to complete coursework grading, but Thursday was a well deserved night off for more than 850 of the UAE’s local teaching community, who attended the SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Awards at Dubai Parks and Resorts.


Twenty-one awards, including the Outstanding Contribution to UAE Education, Best School Principal, and Best School in the UAE, were handed out in celebration of excellence in the UAE education sector.


SchoolsCompared.com, an education comparison site that helps parents choose a school for their child, received 170 nominations this year after opening nominations to all schools, parents, and editors.


David Westley, General Manager and Co-Founder of Which Media, said the awards looked beyond academics and assessed several other criteria that promoted ‘whole child’ education.



The crowd erupted in cheers when Sasha Crabb, principal of Victory Heights Primary School, received the School Principal of the Year Award for “ensuring that the happiness of ‘her children’ and the whole school community remains the priority’.


“I don’t think we’ve done anything differently…” Crabb said when she received the award. “We’ve just had to go with our gut, with our passion for what we believe is important to children.”




UAE Teachers, Schools Receive ‘Oscars’

Khaleej Times


Riverston School Dubai: Winners of the Best International Initiative in the UAE award

Gulf News


Riverston focuses not only on getting the best grade but also on the best education and creating a lifelong passion for learning

In conversation with the school’s Founding Principal, David Quick


What does it mean for your school to be nominated and win the Top School Awards?

It means everything to us, not only as a school but as a group of schools and children’s centres that work under the Riverston umbrella. The award was given to acknowledge the innovative inclusion model Riverston has pioneered that enables all students — including those with additional learning needs and those who are gifted and talented — to succeed.


What is your institution doing to foster critical thinking among students from an early age?

Critical thinking skills are a necessity for all students because they’re crucial for living life. Every teacher at RSD looks for interesting ways to integrate them into classrooms.




Social Media

Top Schools trended on Twitter in the UAE the evening and day following the awards… Here are just a selection of tweets.




ARN was a  sponsor of the Top School Awards. The event was covered extensively pre and post event, with the winners announced on the news bulletin throughout the day after the event.


Members of Which Media and the winners themselves were interviewed on multiple shows.

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