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The British Boarding Schools Show Dubai Expands In-depth Seminar Programme with Expert International Education Specialists and Heads of British and Local Schools

The educational show offers direct access to 36 of the best British Schools to help GCC parents answer challenging questions about their children’s education

  • Should I stay or should I go?
  • IB or A Level – does it really make a difference?
  • When is the right time to move?
  • Preparing your child for pre-tests and entrance exams
  • Improve your UK and US university strategy

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Dubai, UAE: The British Boarding Schools Show Dubai announces the sixth consecutive event taking place on 16 and 17 March 2018 at the Sheraton Dubai – Mall of the Emirates Hotel. The show will provide direct access to 36 of the top British schools allowing parents and pupils to find the best fit for the next stage of their education. This year, by popular demand, the British Boarding School show will offer a more comprehensive seminar programme of bespoke content developed specifically for this event in Dubai and hosted by international education experts. The topics including ‘Should I stay or should I go’ will be debated by representatives of British and UAE Boarding Schools, and ‘Preparing your child for pre-tests and entrance exams’ will be run by education experts including: Edrys Barkham, Director of Admissions, Bryanston School; Giles Vosper-Brown, Registrar, Malvern College, and James Higgins, Head of Studies, Bonas MacFarlane.

In 2017, 1,349 non-British students enrolled in Independent Schools in the UK with 54.9% of the parents living abroad and not in the UK. This is 2% of the overall enrollments in British Independent Schools and this grew 13.9% from 2016 showing growing awareness and understanding of the benefits of a British boarding education.

With private education institutions in the UK being in increasingly high demand, ensuring that students’ abilities and ambitions are met with the right match can involve extensive time, networking and research efforts. Within just two days at the show – registration is free – from 16 – 17 March 2018, parents are given one-on-one time with heads of British boarding schools and admission staff as well as informative seminars to equip them with the right tools and information to make vital decisions about their children’s future.

The British boarding schools exhibiting are renowned for setting high standards and their graduates are sought-after by universities worldwide. This year, 36 of the best, most reputable and long-standing schools from across the UK are exhibiting, showcasing a combined history of 6,766 years with alumni including HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan, Benjamin Britten, Charles Darwin and the Duke of Edinburgh. Each school offers a distinctive scope of academic courses, recreational and cultural facilities covering 6,648 acres of land across rolling countryside to snowy mountains. As well as academic achievements, pupils will study alongside fellow international students to develop powerful networks with future leaders as well as lifelong personal friendships around the globe.

The British Boarding Schools Show has responded to feedback from the previous five shows to develop an expanded and comprehensive seminar programme tailored specifically to the Dubai market. It offers talks from educational experts such as: James Hanson, Headmaster, Aldro School; Fiona McKenzie, Director, Gabbitas; Niall Hamilton, Senior Admissions Tutor, Marlborough College, and Rachel Scannell, Assistant Head, Bromsgrove School that provide guidance and insights into the important questions asked by parents and students. The talks will advise those just starting to consider schooling abroad as well as the practicalities of how best to prepare their child for the entrance exams. Topics include:

  • Should I go or should I stay?
  • IB or A-Level – does it really make a difference?
  • When is the right time to move?
  • Considering a UK school? Learn how UKiset can help benchmark your child against their peers
  • Where is the value in league tables?
  • How do I choose the right school for my child?
  • Preparing your child for pre-tests and entrance exams
  • Single sex vs co-educational schools
  • Improve your UK and US university strategy

David Wellesley Wesley, founder of British Schools Show Dubai commented: “The British Boarding Schools Show Dubai has grown each year and is the biggest international event we hold outside the UK. We offer parents and students direct access to head teachers and admissions staff from the top British boarding schools. For our sixth year in Dubai, we have also expanded our comprehensive seminar programme to help parents and students make the right decision for the rest of their life.”

Wellesley Wesley concludes: “All parents and students are focused on their future and finding the best educational environment that meets their needs to achieve their goals. Education is the stepping stone to their future and it starts here – where does the child excel, who do they want to be, what do they want to be and where do they want to be? The British Boarding Schools Show allows a window to the possibilities of maintaining the international education experience in Dubai complemented by the excellence of a British educational environment.”


Dates, Times, Registration

Friday 16 March 2018: 12:00 – 17:00

Saturday 17 March 2018: 12:00 – 17:00

Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel

This event is open to the public, and tickets are free of charge with online pre-registration.


Schools exhibiting at British Boarding Schools Show 2018

  • Aldro
  • Badminton School
  • Bromsgrove School
  • Bryanston
  • Bryanston
  • Christ College, Brecon
  • Caterham School
  • Felsted
  • Gordonstoun
  • Gordonstoun
  • Greshams
  • Lancing College
  • Le Régent Crans-Montana College
  • Lord Wandsworth
  • Loretto
  • Malvern College
  • Marlborough College
  • Marymount International School
  • Merchiston Castle
  • Millfield School & Prep
  • Monkton Combe
  • Oundle School
  • Rossall School
  • Shiplake
  • Shrewsbury
  • St Catherines Bramley
  • St Edmund’s College and Prep School
  • St Edwards
  • St Leonards School
  • St Mary’s Calne
  • Stonar
  • The King’s School, Canterbury
  • Thornton College
  • Westbourne House School
  • Windlesham House School


Approved quotes from visitors to the British Boarding Schools Show 2017:

“We have found so much information today, we didn’t know that there was so much to consider. We will be back tomorrow to continue our research.” Expat Mother with two children at the end of day one

“This is a great help to parents in the region, we have travelled from Abu Dhabi specifically for the show, and really appreciate the opportunity to talk to British boarding schools in person.” Expat Father of two boys

“Thank you so much for inviting us to both the pre-show reception and the event itself. We started the week considering only London day schools, and by the end of the show, my daughter has a short-list of three boarding schools! Th format and concept have worked brilliantly for helping us to really get a clearer understanding of the options open to us.” Expat Mother who attended the pre-show reception and both days of the show


About British Boarding Schools Show

At the British Boarding Schools Show, we assemble our strongest ever line-up of speakers and schools, giving parents a unique and FREE opportunity to get all their education questions answered under one roof. Over the past decade, we have put thousands of families in touch with schools that have molded their children’s lives.

As the UK’s largest school open day, the British Boarding Schools Show annually welcomes 200 of the leading schools to Battersea Park for an informative and dynamic event to meet key admission teams; speak with heads; enquire about entry requirements at all stages; and explore scholarships and bursaries.

The British Boarding Schools Show has been hosted in London for 10 years, and has since opened its doors in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Milan and Istanbul.



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Tel: +971 (0)4 852 8900


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