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Announcing Durham School Dubai, Opening in August 2022

We are delighted to announce that our Durham International Schools family is expanding again with the opening of Durham School Dubai in August 2022! What began in England in 1414 with the founding of Durham School has become an innovative group of educational institutions spread across three continents. While each school flourishes in its own unique identity, we are all dedicated to offering students an education built around aspiration for achievement, respect for others and ‘Confidence for Life’.

The announcement of Durham Dubai follows the highly successful openings of Durham Qatar in 2019, and our own school, Durham Kenya, which launched here in Nairobi in 2021. Our newest branch school in Dubai boasts a fully built facility with exceptional resources and the capacity for 1,700 students.

Continuing Durham International School’s reputation for excellence in staffing, Mr Mark Atkins will serve as the founding Principal of Durham School Dubai. Mr Atkins brings 35 years of experience, spread across the UK, India, China, Malaysia, Europe and the Middle East, including previously setting up and heading schools in Dubai.

“Following the successful opening of Durham schools in Qatar and Kenya, we are delighted to announce the opening of Durham School Dubai in August 2022,” said Durham School UK Headmaster Kieran McLaughlin. “With its strategic location, excellent facilities, competitive fee levels, experienced leadership team led by Principal Mark Atkins and an uncompromising dedication to the quality of education, we are confident that Durham School Dubai will quickly establish a strong reputation.”

Durham School Dubai is conveniently located in Durham Investments Park, a 32 million square meters development with commercial, residential and educational zones. The school facilities offer a world-class contemporary design, with a dedicated Foundation Stage section and a primary and secondary classroom complex. Students will enjoy specialist science, art and IT labs, an acoustically designed music performance hall, a large auditorium, a multi-purpose sports hall and a 25-meter indoor swimming pool.

“With its 600-year heritage, the name ‘Durham’ represents a unique style of education, dedicated to building Confidence for Life. Durham School Dubai is an exciting addition to our international family and we look forward to the collaboration opportunities this brings.” said Brijesh Bakhda, Managing Director of Durham International Schools.

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