Address: 28 Khalid Bin Sultan Street, New Manaseer, Al Ain
Telephone: +971 03 767 8636
Gender: Co-educational
Teaching language: English
Curriculum: National Curriculum of England, Cambridge IGCSE and A-Levels
Ages: 3 to 18


Al Ain English Speaking School (AAESS) is a co-educational independent school catering for students aged from 3 to 18. The school was founded in 1978, and has been expanded and enhanced considerably since then due to its popularity.

It features a state-of-the-art sports hall and indoor swimming pool as well as canteen and restaurant facilities. Its curriculum, teaching, learning and qualifications are based on the English educational model, in addition to offering Arabic Language, Arabic Social Studies and Islamic Studies (for Muslim children) as subjects.

The school's quality of teaching and learning is highly regarded, and its student body is represented by nationalities from around the world. According to the school, visiting it in person is the best way to experience its vibrant community. 

What the school says

"The pupils and teachers are the real assets of Al Ain English Speaking School and you will find the school to be a very welcoming and friendly place. Our ethos promotes growth, mutual respect and self-discipline, cooperation and independence and importantly, a joy for learning.

"AAESS aims to provide an all-through, ages 3 to 18 schooling of the best possible quality based upon traditions of the British educational system set within the unique context of Al Ain.

"Inspiration, aspiration and encouragement underpin our child-centred approach to teaching and learning. Our friendly, stimulating and supportive school ethos helps to support high standards of behaviour and academic achievement.

"We share, celebrate and learn from the world cultures that make up the international community of our school. This results in students who are confident and reflective learners with adaptable skills, who should go on to work successfully, whether independently or collaboratively in a global context."


AAESS follows the National Curriculum of England. External IGCSE exams are taken in Years 10 and 11, and A-Levels in Year 12 and 13. Children may also be prepared for Common Entrance Exams, which are the normal means of entry into independent secondary schools in the UK and elsewhere. 


Annual fees for the 2021/2022 school year range from 21,200 AED for FS1 to 43,280 AED for Year 13. Fees can be paid over the three academic terms. There is also a registration fee of 1,000 AED.

From the principal

"I continue to be amazed at the rich variety of talented students in the school who excel in sport, music, drama and oration as well as in their academic studies and personal development. As a top international community school we are very conscious of the need to recognise and respect our surroundings and the culture of our hosts in the UAE, while at the same time remaining true to our remit of high excellence through the medium of the English National Curriculum and the demands of over 67 nationalities in the school. 

"Current and past staff must be praised for their contributions in ensuring that AAESS has maintained its position as a leading international school. Students achieve the highest academic results compared with like schools in the UK and abroad and many move on to the very best universities across the world. The youngest students in the school get the best possible introduction to the world of learning and the older students emerge from AAESS as positive and articulate international ambassadors for their generation. As independent thinkers skilled in all modern technology, students are thoroughly prepared to thrive and lead in a competitive world.

"Senior managers take the role of leading and managing the school very seriously and are very aware of the need to invest in all areas of the school to ensure it is still providing all that is needed to be at the leading edge of education and learning. Our vision is not only to maintain our position as a prominent international school in the UAE but to be favourably compared worldwide and to lead in education innovation.” 

– Clare Woodward, Principal of AAESS


Further reading

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