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Prestigious scholarships programme back for a second year running at Kings’; coveted places up for grabs for GSCE and A Level students; selected scholars will be nurtured to excel and receive up to 50 percent off fees.

From mathematics and science whizzes to budding sports stars and accomplished musicians – the UAE’s most gifted children are invited to apply for a scholarship at Kings’.


Following the success of the Kings’ Scholarship Programme last academic year, the coveted scholarships programme for academic year 2017/2018 is now open to GSCE and A Level students demonstrating excellence in academia, sport or the expressive arts. Those who are accepted will benefit from exemplary support and guidance designed to nurture their special talents and excel in their education at Kings’. Scholars will also receive up to 50 percent off their annual school fees.

The highly selective programme, back for a second year running, is open to both current Kings’ students and external candidates. Applicants will need to demonstrate excellence in academic subjects such as English, Maths and the Sciences and/or in the fields of Sport, Music or Drama alongside a significant Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT) score.

Prospective GCSE scholars (applying in Year 5 onwards available for Years 6-10, aged 10-16 years) must have a high CAT score and/or demonstrate excellence in a particular subject with supporting evidence, such as positive reports from their subject leader or coach, awards won or teams participated in, shared alongside their application. The GCSE scholarship is on offer for a maximum period of six years when joining in Year 6, entry in later years is also available and scholarship status is subject to maintaining the minimum criteria. Renewal would be considered at A Level for the best students.

Prospective A Level scholars (applying in Year 11 for Year 12 and 13, aged 16-18 years) must be predicted to obtain five A* or A grade GCSEs and/or demonstrate academic excellence in two or more subjects they are aiming to pursue at A Level. Again, supporting evidence must be shared with the application. The A Level scholarship is available for the duration of the two-year A Level period.

Successful applications will go to a second stage interview with the Kings’ Leadership Team, with places awarded by April 2017. They will join an elite group of scholars currently studying at Kings’ who are busy making their mark in a variety of fields.

Alan Williamson, Director of Education at Kings’ & Principal of Kings’ Al Barsha said: “We are delighted to announce that the 2017/2018 Kings’ Scholarship Programme is now open to applicants. Designed especially to identify, nurture and support the most gifted children in the UAE, chosen scholars will be supported through their education with our world-class faculty and facilities. We are proud to provide this fantastic opportunity to help children reach their full potential and beyond. Supporting a select number of scholars is an important part of what makes the Kings’ experience so special for all of our students and is central to Kings’ commitment to supporting and delivering the UAE National Agenda for our country.”

The sentiment is echoed by the scholars themselves: Nina Ciolli, Year 7 Sports Scholar said: “I spend quite a lot of time on swimming but I also do gymnastics and football. When I grow up I want to be an Olympian for swimming and compete and do the impossible like Michael Phelps. School helps us with communicating, leadership and encouraging people to be strong and to keep carrying on. Sport is fun because of the exercise and I’ve met a lot of my friends through sport.”

“As an academic Kings’ scholar I have a dual responsibility to be an ambassador of the school brand and to shape the way students learn – all whilst maintaining my own grades and studying for my GCSEs. I appreciate the opportunity of being selected as the first female scholar of the UAE and recognised as a leading thinker who is passionate about learning.” said Aleena Khan, Year 10 Academic Scholar.

It’s easy to understand why a scholarship at Kings’ is so highly sought after. Kings’ is the only school group whose founding school has been rated ‘outstanding’ every year since inspections by the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau began.  The growth of all the Kings’ schools has been carefully managed to protect the exceptional standards that Kings’ has become renowned for with regard to student achievement and strong pastoral care. All the schools share the same core values and strive everyday to deliver ‘The Best by Every Child’.

Kings’ School Al Barsha, which is hosting the 2017/2018 scholarship programme intake, boasts a centrally located campus in Al Barsha South 1, with world-class sports, arts and technology facilities.

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– Kings’ School Al Barsha Media