The British School – Al Khubairat

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The British School Al Khubairat
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Established 1968
Headteacher Elaine Rawlings (acting)
Years offered Nursery to Year 13
Enrollment 2000 (as of September 2014)
Campus Urban
Colour(s) Navy blue, light blue, white
Last updated: 1 February 2007

The British School Al Khubairat, formerly called "Al Khubairat Community School", now commonly known and referred to as "Al Khubairat", "BSAK", "The British School" is a non-profit school for English speaking children in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.[1][2] The school roll is some 1,800 students.[3]


The school follows the National Curriculum of England and Wales, and is an international member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC), the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS) and the Council of British International Schools (COBIS). It has also received a rating of 'excellent' by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).[4]

Paul Coackley was Principal of the school from September 2005 until June 2013. Dr. Christopher Ray started as the Headmaster in September 2013 but was replaced by Elaine Rawlings in May 2014.

In September 2015, Mark Leppard MBE began his role of Headteacher.


The school was established in January 1968 on land donated by the then Ruler of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in an area of the city known as Khubairat. This area was the part of the Corniche where the pearl fishing fleet were first sighted on their return from sea. One suggested translation of the word 'Khubairat' is 'good news'.

In May 1971, the school was registered as a legal entity by Amiri Decree No. 5 of 1971, with its management vested in the Board of Governors. The board is made up of elected governors and those appointed by the British Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. The school has been sponsored since 1980 by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, The President of the UAE.

In 1980 the school moved into purpose built facilities at its current location on Airport Road in Al Mushrif. The facilities provided primary education for children between 3 and 11 years old. The original campus comprised an administration block, four teaching blocks and two sports halls. It also included a 25m swimming pool, around which were constructed staff quarters that accommodated the school's teachers.

Towards the end of the 1990s it became apparent that there was a need in Abu Dhabi for the provision of secondary education. Increasingly, Abu Dhabi was no longer a posting of two to three years for most British expatriates, with more families staying here for five to ten years. As The British School was the centre for educational provision within the British expatriate society in Abu Dhabi, the Board of Governors approved the construction of a secondary school alongside the original primary buildings on the existing site. This was Phase 1 of The British School development programme.

Whilst Phase 1 was under construction, the board proceeded with the construction of Phase 2, a three-storey building for the primary school. Construction commenced in April 2001 and the Jubilee Building (Years 3–6) was formally opened by HE Sheikh Nayhan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan in April 2002.

As the construction of Phase 2 was drawing to a close, the new secondary school was proving to be a success with full classes progressing into Years 7, 8 and 9. It became apparent that many families in Abu Dhabi wished to see their children continue their education at The British School into the sixth form so they could sit their A Levels in Abu Dhabi. The first A Level students completed their studies in June 2005.

A third phase of development was started in October 2002. The building includes a theatre, auditorium, library, sixth form accommodation, an additional gymnasium, drama studio, music centre and a range of academic and administrative facilities. The building was opened in September 2005. The school now holds approximately 1,800 students.

In 2012, the school opened Phase IV of its development, the Ruby Building, a new primary block for the youngest children, from Nursery to Year 2, as well as being home to the Junior School library, the instrumental department, two indoor pools, Junior School sports halls, a drama/dance studio, the Science garden, the food technology room and the Junior School Science laboratory, in addition to classroom facilities.



  • Nursery: 34,054 dirhams per annum.
  • Junior School: 44,160 dirhams per annum.
  • Secondary School: 59,296 dirhams per annum.



The school's campus consists of four gyms, two pitches, a playground, a swimming pool, a basketball court, a theatre, two libraries and seven teaching blocks/buildings. The school occupies a space of approx 39,579 m² with car parking provided for parents, students and visitors.

School life[edit]

Al Khubairat offers the following subjects to its students:

Co-curricular and academic enrichment activities[edit]

There are clubs and activities that children can participate in after school hours or during lunchtime sessions. The co-curricular clubs (both academic and co-curricular) change according to seasonal and half term timetables. Students who join the co-curricular clubs can trial for sports teams which then play against inter-school sides and Varsity matches. Co-curricular clubs include: Rugby, Netball, Volleyball, Football, Swimming, Golf, Cricket, Hockey, Athletics, Gymnastics, and Trampolining.


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Coordinates: 24°26′53″N 54°23′12″E / 24.4480774°N 54.3867874°E / 24.4480774; 54.3867874