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The Royal Grammar School Guildford Dubai is a British Curriculum school for children aged 3 to 18, opening in September 2021 for pupils in Early Years and Prep, expanding to Senior School over the following years. We are part of the Royal Grammar School Guildford in the UK.

Welcome to the Royal Grammar School Guildford, Dubai

The Royal Grammar School Guildford Dubai will welcome its first pupils in September 2021. Our campus is designed for boys and girls aged from 3 to 18. Initially, we will be accepting primary age pupils (age 3 -11), and the school will grow year by year.

Our school will embody the ethos and values that have underpinned the Royal Grammar School Guildford in the UK for over 500 years. These, combined with a spirit of innovation and development, will prepare pupils for the challenges of the 21st and 22nd centuries. We lead by example, stay true to our values, innovate, collaborate and strive to be the very best we can be.

Welcome from the Principal

I am delighted to be appointed to the position of Founding Principal at the Royal Grammar School Guildford, Dubai. I cannot wait to welcome pupils and parents through the doors in September 2021 to what will be a fantastic school and an amazing educational experience for our community.

RGSGD will build on the 500 years of history and outstanding success of RGS Guildford, embracing excellence through the development of a distinctive culture based on shared values and learning habits.

Our buildings and sports grounds will provide an outstanding and unique environment for our pupils to learn. At the Royal Grammar School Guildford Dubai, a genuine interest in our pupils, relationships that promote happiness and wellbeing and a curriculum entwined with our values, will provide the platform for our pupils to reach their full potential, irrespective of their passion.

I am delighted to have Clare Turnbull as Head of Preparatory at RGS Guildford Dubai. Clare was previously the Head of Lanesborough, the Preparatory School of RGS Guildford, and brings firsthand experience of our history, success, culture and values-based education. Our aim for our Key Stage 2 pupils is for them to have a responsible and independent attitude towards life and to achieve their full potential in terms of academic achievement, creative appreciation and spiritual awareness.

I am very excited about the opportunities we will offer pupils and their families in Dubai and look forward to welcoming you and your children to the Royal Grammar School Guildford Dubai family.

Craig Lamshed

Our values

Everything we do is underpinned by six core values, which will empower our pupils to succeed and make a valuable contribution to society.


We believe in widening participation and a welcoming, tolerant community where everyone is valued and feels a sense of belonging.


We encourage intellectual curiosity, independence, creativity, innovation and habits of lifelong learning supported by inspirational subject specialists.


We promote the development of self-discipline, responsibility, self-reflection and a personal moral code, and we encourage our pupils to approach life with humour in an environment where we celebrate traditional qualities of decency, politeness and humility.


We nurture an atmosphere of mutual respect between all members of our community and foster self-respect and self-esteem in terms of physical health, emotional maturity and personal wellbeing.


We develop leadership, teamwork, resilience and other life skills through a range of activities where all pupils, regardless of their talents and attributes, are encouraged to challenge themselves, take appropriate risks and work hard to fulfil their potential.


We collaborate with others for mutual benefit and encourage a spirit of selflessness and charity, a sense of perspective, and a belief that we can work in partnership with others to make a difference, both locally and internationally.


The education at the Royal Grammar School Guildford, Dubai is based on our school offering in the UK with some adaptations for life in Dubai. We offer our pupils a happy, well-ordered and stimulating environment where they can progress to their full potential. Our curriculum is carefully planned to maintain a balance between ‘what’ is to be learned alongside ‘how’ we learn.


Our school has been designed with the community and sustainability in mind. Located within Majid Al Futtaim’s exciting new Tilal Al Ghaf development between Dubai Motor City and Sports City, our school is a vibrant hub where education goes beyond the classroom. It is a welcoming space where pupils, teachers, parents and the local community come together.

Admissions: +971 58 951 2021