Director's Welcome

Experience all that Deira International School has to offer

I am delighted to welcome you to Deira International School. I hope to convey the passion and enthusiasm that both staff and students bring to all that they do here, making our school such a wonderful place to learn.

Founded in 2005, Deira International School is renowned for providing an excellent inclusive and holistic education. We have a strong focus on academic progress and achievement, and for the significant majority of our students continuation to university is their chosen route. We have over 80 different nationalities represented across our school and this diversity is fundamental to the community nature of the school. Exceptional facilities provide wonderful opportunities for a holistic approach to education; sport, performing arts, academic, technological, leadership and creative pathways are all on offer, ensuring our students enjoy enriching and varied school experiences within our classrooms and beyond.

Our curriculum model is based upon the English National Curriculum, but goes significantly beyond the minimum expectations, covering a diverse range of subjects. Our personalised , play-based and continuous provision in the Early Years ensures that students are rigorously assessed against the prime and specific areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. This focuses on developing key learning skills and the foundations for accessing the Primary Curriculum. In primary, students receive an enriching and broad curriculum offer, which includes the delivery of several non-core subjects. Our senior students take the Cambridge Board IGCSE examinations in Year 11 and move into the authorised International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) in Years 12 and 13. These highly regarded and internationally recognised pre-university qualifications enable worldwide university entrance for our students. At all stages, the curriculum is delivered using innovative and engaging teaching approaches which address the needs of every student and focus on developing crucial skills for life.

At Deira International School, students work in an environment where they are stretched and challenged, and have their expectations raised to achieve demanding targets. This is evidenced in our latest results, in which we’re proud to say that our students have done incredibly well. Such success is a result of the partnership between the school, our students and their parents through our commitment to parental engagement. I am very proud of the exceptional body of teaching staff we have working across the school, engaging the students in a wide range of exciting learning opportunities. We place every student in a position where they are afforded choices through their lives, unconstrained by the expectations of others, by their own ambitions, and by external requirements and boundaries. I believe strongly that all students are an intricate combination of both strengths and areas for improvement. Understanding these elements is the key to discovering and fulfilling their potential.

Our students’ success cannot be defined by qualifications alone. Students leave the school as dynamic and impactful global citizens, fully-equipped to play a leading role in whichever walk of life they choose. To achieve this, they are encouraged to participate in the extensive array of opportunities that exist beyond the classroom.

Our excellent team ensures that every student is guided and cared for, working hard to ensure that their individual needs are met. Students leave Deira International School accomplished in academic skills and become architects of lives that exceed expectations. I am very proud of the exceptional body of teaching staff we have working across the school, engaging the students in a wide range of exciting learning opportunities.

Deira International School is a challenging and yet exhilarating place to learn, develop and explore. I hope that this is shown through this site. I would warmly welcome you to come and visit us to experience for yourself all that Deira International School has to offer.


Simon O’Connor

Director, Deira International School Dubai