Foremarke school first burst on the Dubai education scene in 2013. Back then, we were all abuzz with talk of a new school that sounded completely different to other schools here. Yet, do we really know much about Foremarke and just how different is Foremarke compared to other schools in Dubai?
Well, here’s the perfect chance to find out! If you’re curious, you’re considering a move or you’re simply planning ahead for your little one, Foremarke is hosting an Open Evening on 17th May and this is the time to go and learn more!
As the sister school of stately Foremarke Hall in Derbyshire, Foremarke Dubai is a staunchly British school that’s determined, like many schools here to produce happy, well rounded, (and grounded) young people through their high standards and the quality of their teaching staff. However, Foremarke sets the cat among the pigeons with their ethos of nurturing a genuine thirst to learn and, wait for it….. good old fashioned manners!
They’re rightly proud of the strong emphasis they place on tolerance, resilience, respect and manners – and these are the values at the heart of their school code. Having a pupil instinctively hold open a door for you sounds good doesn’t it? At Foremarke, that’s exactly what you’ll see.
This is refreshing, especially with the fast pace lives we’re leading in Dubai and coupled with the fact that they’ve just received the much-anticipated news of extending provision beyond Year 6 by opening Year 7 in September 2018 and Year 8 in September 2019 (subject to final KHDA approval), they’ve got a lot to be excited about.
What’s so different about Foremarke School?
Aside from what’s above, Foremarke is undoubtedly different. It’s “digitally fluent” with the latest technology and it’s clearly delivering education of the highest standard, but there are some other obvious differences too.
Firstly, their classes are really small. That’s not just because they’re a growing school in Dubai, but because they purposely keep them to 16 children (and often less) in any one class, meaning it’s guaranteed that your child will have lots of individual time with their teacher – and of course, that means lots of attention.
If you’ve seen Foremarke school from afar, but haven’t visited the school just yet, you’ll have seen it’s a pretty impressive building! They’ve built the school around a huge, green Quad that’s home to traditional British sports including cricket, football, rugby, netball, rounders and hockey. Sport has become an integral feature of Foremarke life, where winning with modesty and losing with grace are important lessons to learn for the children there!
Space, something we often compromise on when choosing a school here, is whether the school’s facilities offer adequate space for outdoor play in the hot summer months. Foremarke has very cleverly designed their school to offer just that – there are shaded rooftop netball courts, 3 multi-purpose halls, 3 science labs and art rooms and some pretty outstanding state of the art facilities including their swimming pools with spectator areas that are currently being built. Not forgetting the tiny tots, where each classroom in Foremarke’s foundation school has it’s own garden and outdoor play space where the nursery and reception children plant vegetables, wash dollies and scoot about on their trikes! Aaaaaagh!
Equally, Foremarke place an important focus on the creative arts with opportunities for budding artists, musicians and actors to excel through their music conservatoires and regular productions. The artwork that Foremarke children have produced is astounding (and well beyond their years we might add). Have a look on the walls when you go to see for yourself.
There’s also their later start time – Foremarke lessons start after 8.30am – That’s a pretty rare find here and there’s plenty of upsides to it! First, not only do mums miss the peak of Dubai’s school run traffic, but it also means that you’re not going to be so pressed for time with that mad dash out of the door in the morning, and instead…. there’s actually time to catch a cup of coffee and have a breakfast together.
The Headmistress of Foremarke
At the helm leading Foremarke is their Headmistress, Mrs. Naomi Williams. With 16 years of experience as both a teacher and leader, she has a well-regarded reputation for delivering the highest standards, having served as the Deputy Head at Repton Junior School, where she led the implementation of the new National Curriculum that resulted in Repton being awarded an outstanding accolade from the KHDA.
Where is Foremarke School?
It’s located in Al Barsha South and is well placed for a short school run from loads of places. It’s on the doorstep to Arabian Ranches, Mudon and Sustainable City and is still a really close drive from popular spots like Victory Heights and Motor City, The Villa, The Palm, The Meadows and Jumeirah Golf Estates.
If you’re interested to hear more from Foremarke’s Headmistress or learn about it’s lifetime founders fee, Foremarke School are extending a very warm welcome to all current and prospective parents to join them for an Open Evening Reception where Mrs. Williams, Headmistress, Mr. Richard Merriman, Headmaster of Foremarke Hall in the UK and Mr. David Hanson, Chairman of IAPS, (Independent Association of Prep Schools) will discuss the advancements at Foremarke School including the provision of Years 7 and 8.
Date : 17th May, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
To register, please visit http://www.foremarkedubai.org/17-may-open-evening/
Visit Foremarke, ask lots of questions and meet fellow parents. It’s a great chance to see if this school is right for your child.
Refreshments will be served.