Dubai school in Carfax Education’s global watchlist

DUBAI 15 December 2023: Carfax Education, a world-leading education consultancy, has unveiled the ‘Ones to Watch’ category of its schools Index, which features one Dubai school.

This new segment highlights 25 schools on the brink of joining the top 125 or possessing distinctive qualities, setting them apart from the mainstream.

Deira International School has been named on the list.

This school, recently elevated to an outstanding rating, has long been a significant contributor to the UAE education scene. Under the leadership of Simon O’Connor, it seamlessly integrates IB principles, encourages independent learning, and fosters a collaborative culture, exemplified by student involvement in school decisions and the construction of a new 6th form centre, said Carfax Educarion.

“I am absolutely thrilled that Deira International School has been listed in the Carfax Education Global Schools Index. Over the last few years, we have been working very hard to develop the culture of the school based on the foundation of inclusion and a relentless focus on the wellbeing of all in our community,” said O’Connor.

“I am so grateful to all of the staff and students at the school, as well as the support of the Al Futtaim Education Foundation and our parent body. Their continued commitment and hard work has enabled enormous progress across all areas of the school, culminating in the recognition earlier this year for the school as one of the outstanding schools in Dubai. We are enormously excited about future developments and this listing is a wonderful recognition of all that has been achieved so far. I would like to thank Carfax Education for their continued support as champions of the very highest standards of education.”

Fiona McKenzie, Head of Education at Carfax Education, said: “The ‘Ones to Watch’ category adds an exciting dimension to our annual Schools Index. It recognises schools making waves through consistent potential, innovative approaches, or unique learning experiences. It’s a testament to our commitment to providing valuable insights for parents seeking the very best education for their children worldwide.”

The ‘Ones to Watch’ list is curated into distinct categories, each reflecting a specific aspect of what makes these schools exceptional:

  • New Schools to Watch: Highlighting newly established institutions that show great promise in shaping the future of education.
  • Small Gems: Encompassing uniquely small schools that offer a distinctive and intimate learning experience.
  • Something Different: Showcasing schools that break the mould, offering unconventional and innovative approaches to education.

Each School in this collection has been chosen not only for its academic standards and facilities but also for its unique ethos, preparation for university entry, and the way it prepares its pupils for life beyond academia. This compilation represents the forefront of private education, offering insights into schools that are not just educational institutions but transformative experiences for their students.

The Global Schools Index is a comprehensive guide that illuminates the diverse and dynamic nature of the private education sector across the world. To explore the ‘Ones to Watch'” and the complete Global Schools Index, visit.