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Posted On: 17 November 2016 05:35 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 01:57 pm

HRH Prince Michael of Kent inaugurates GEMS Wellington School – Qatar

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His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent officially inaugurated GEMS Wellington School - Qatar, a branch of Premier Schools International, in a formal ceremony today with Founding families, students, parents and teachers of the school, as well as several dignitaries including His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Saud Abdulrahman Al Thani and His Excellency Ajay Sharma, British Ambassador to Qatar.

The delegation also included Dino Varkey, Managing Director & Board Member, GEMS Education; Sir Christopher Stone, Chief Education Officer, GEMS Education; Peter Burdon, Chief Schools Officer, GEMS Education and Jonathan Dey, CEO & Principal, GEMS Wellington School – Qatar.


After a ribbon cutting and plaque unveiling Prince Michael toured the school, and visited a classes of excited Year 6, Year 8 and Year 1 students.

As Patron of GEMS Wellington International School, in Dubai, Prince Michael has seen the number of GEMS Wellington Schools in the UAE and abroad grow. Today he visited GEMS Wellington School – Qatar, a branch of Premier Schools International for the first time.

“I am delighted to be able to visit and inaugurate GEMS Wellington School - Qatar. The school is providing high quality British education with an international flavour to the local community. Each student I have met today is happy and confident, which is a testament to the education they are receiving at these schools,“ said Prince Michael.


Located in the heart of Al Wakrah, Qatar, GEMS Wellington School is owned and operated by GEMS Education in Qatar and joins the GEMS’ English National Curriculum school network in the Middle East which includes GEMS’ flagship GEMS Wellington International School in Dubai.

Commenting on this milestone, Dino Varkey, Managing Director and Board Member, GEMS Education said: “We are celebrating the development of GEMS Wellington schools as a leading provider of world-class British curriculum to international students. Over the years, these school have become a trusted environment of excellence where students thrive and succeed. We are proud to say that almost 10,000 students attend GEMS Wellington Schools in the GCC, and our alumni from these schools have been accepted by the leading Universities and Colleges in the world.”


Modelled on the distinguished GEMS Wellington International School in Dubai, GEMS Wellington School – Qatar is GEMS Education’s second school in Qatar, offering the academically renowned National Curriculum for England. The programme has been adapted to suit students who come from countries around the world and expect a British education that prepares them for their lives as global citizens and innovators.

Jonathan Dey, Principal of the school said: “Getting the best out of each student is our priority, as the school shapes how a student will learn and interpret the world as an adult. Parents are invited to be involved in their child’s education, and our team of qualified and dedicated professionals prides itself on the relationships they have built with parents and the community environment that has been created.”

Varkey added: “The school is a dynamic and forward-thinking school, empowering students to develop the necessary skills for future success at university and future employment, meeting the high demands of the technological era. The school is built to an extremely high standard and is spacious, bright and modern, and our classrooms are equipped with a variety of state-of-the-art resources for the modern day learner.”


The school which opened its doors in October last year offers an outstanding education from Foundation Stage to Year 9 and has a Ministry of Education license to expand to Year 13 in the coming years.

All the GEMS Wellington schools offer a uniquely crafted progression from the Early Years Foundation Stage, through an enriched and developed National Curriculum for England into personalised qualification pathways incorporating IGCSE, GCSE, BTEC curriculums.