Transfer to Dubai schools from overseas
I am moving to Dubai in October this year. I have two kids in years 2 and 4, and one kid in Pre-Kindergarten, all studying the British curriculum in our home country.
Will there be any room to transfer this year to Dubai schools, or we will have to wait until the next school year 2016-2017?
In general, how much it is difficult to find a place for my three kids.
With the addition of a number of UK curriculum schools last academic year, finding school places is not as difficult now as it has been in the past. Finding places in FS1 and FS2 is still more difficult than for the other year groups. I presume that your youngest child is less than 4 years of age. I would say that you will probably find places in years 2 and 4, but please do not delay in applying. Many families are still relocating to Dubai currently and places are being taken quickly. There is no reason why you cannot apply now, even if the children will not join the school until October. Almost all schools expect applications to be made on-line via their website or email and well in advance of your arrival here.
The other issue you will find is that the schools with availability will be the newer schools – those opened in the last year or the current one. Fees at these schools are significantly higher than those of the more established schools whose fees have been capped in the past. If this is a concern for you, I would advise you to approach the schools that are most appropriate first via email. It may well be that you would need to wait until 2016-17 to obtain places in one of these more popular and less costly schools.