Rashidschoolboys (1)

3-18| 760 students| Boys | Day

For August 2019

Rashid School for Boys (RSB) is a high quality British curriculum school for Emirati boys aged 3 to 18.  Funded directly by HH The Ruler’s Office in Dubai, the school has strong links with the ruling family of the emirate.  The school was founded by HH Ruler’s Office Decree in 1987 which established Rashid School for Boys, as well as Latifa School for Girls and its overarching organisation, the Dubai Educational Establishment.  It is now part of the ‘Rashid and Latifa Schools Establishment’, which comes under the authority of HH The Ruler’s Office and KHDA. Rashid School for Boys works closely with its sister school, Latifa School for Girls. Both schools attained BSO status in 2017.

Rashid School for Boys aims to provide the highest quality education for Emirati boys in the UAE.  The school challenges all students to grow and develop to the full extent of their ability and equip them with the skills required to take on leading roles within Dubai, the UAE and internationally.  They demand high standards of discipline, honesty, courtesy and effort, and they encourage and expect each pupil to attain the highest level of achievement of which he is capable.

RSB integrates the best of current international educational practice with a respect for Arab traditions and UAE culture. The bilingual curriculum is broad and balanced, and combines academic study with creative, physical and social activities. Every student is known and valued as an individual, and they have a moral and spiritual education that helps them develop an understanding of the contribution they will make to the global community.

The school is academically inclusive and accommodates a number of students with a range of special educational needs and disabilities.  All the students are Emirati and all have English as an additional language. 

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The school’s mission is supported by the following educational objectives, where they aim to help students to:

  • have high aspirations and standards and to take pride in their school, work and achievements;
  • be fluent communicators in Arabic and English;
  • be well motivated and develop lively, enquiring minds and view learning as a continuous, life-long process;
  • acquire self-respect and self-discipline, and a sense of responsibility for themselves and others;
  • to respect the values of the UAE and international societies and be active and caring members of the community;
  • develop the skills to learn independently and to use modern technology with confidence;
  • become fully prepared for the work-place or for higher education and further study in the UAE, UK, US and other destinations;
  • develop skills of leadership, teamwork and initiative;
  • develop a tolerance, understanding and respect for others;
  • understand their responsibility towards local and global environmental issues;
  • be physically fit and healthy through an understanding of nutrition, exercise and health education.

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RSB occupies a spectacular and very large site in Nad Al Sheba, near the Meydan Race Course and Golf Club.  Much of the area of the school is covered by well-maintained gardens and sports fields.  The buildings are spacious, well equipped and very well maintained.

The school is divided into two sections, primary (FS1 to Year 6) and secondary (Years 7 to 12).  The secondary site was built in 1986 and consists of purpose built, well resourced, single storey buildings.  The primary section opened in 2002 and is an attractive, spacious building with courtyards and gardens. In both sections of the school there are excellent specialist areas including two sports centres and two swimming pools.  

The school’s curriculum is based on the National Curriculum of England and Wales, leading to GCSEs and A-Levels, but is modified to meet its unique context.  First, the curriculum is adapted to meet the legal requirements of the UAE; so Arabic, Islamic Studies, moral education and UAE social studies are all accommodated. Further adaption of the curriculum occurs throughout the school. In the Foundation Stage, many students arrive with no English and, sometimes, limited Arabic. FS1 is staffed with bilingual teachers and has a strong emphasis on developing bilingual language and social skills.  English is very important, but so is supporting their mother tongue.  

Nearly all students leave at the end of Year 12 as they move into military service in the UAE army and then, after nine months, seek entry in UAE based colleges and universities.  In Year 12, RSB offers AS-level courses to students who reach a minimum of grade B or 5 at GCSE.  However, most students study for the RSB High School Diploma.  This diploma course combines a broad selection of level 1 and level 2 courses, as well as core Arabic, English and mathematics. RSB’s curriculum therefore meets the needs of its students by combining the most appropriate elements of the British, UAE Ministry and US curricula. 

The school is very generously staffed with more than 90 teachers and a total staff of 180. The majority of teachers are from the UK but there are also teachers from many other countries including Ireland, Jordan, Australia, Egypt and New Zealand. The school has an excellent team of well qualified support staff, including its own maintenance and catering staff.

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Rashid School for Boys is governed by an Executive Group consisting of the CEO of the Establishment, the Director of Business Services, and the Heads of Rashid and Latifa Schools.  As it is directly funded by HH The Ruler’s Office, admission to the school is at the request of the Ruling family and, as such, there are no school fees. The school was established to provide an education for members of the Dubai ruling family and for their close associates. Many students from RSB have gone on to take on significant roles within Dubai and internationally.  These include the current Crown Prince of Dubai, the Deputy Ruler of Dubai and two ministers in the current UAE Cabinet.  Many other alumni have leading roles in government and businesses in Dubai and internationally. The current leadership structure consists of the Principal, who also oversees the secondary section, a Deputy Head, two Co-Heads of Primary and an Assistant Head.  There are experienced middle leader teams that include three Phase Leaders in primary and Year Group Coordinators in secondary.  Curriculum leadership is through Subject Leaders and Heads of Department.

Following many years of distinguished service to the school, Glyn Kilsby, Headmaster will be leaving Rashid School for Boys at the end of this academic year. The Executive Group is therefore currently seeking to appoint a dynamic, experienced Principal who can lead the school from August 2019. The successful candidate will have demonstrable success in leading high performing schools, either in the UK or internationally. They will be a collaborative, culturally sensitive leader, who can drive forward innovation and inspire the school’s community to achieve its mission and vison. School leadership experience in Dubai, or the UAE generally, would be an advantage.


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Closing date: 14 December 2018
Longlist interviews: 7 January 2019 (by video conference)
Shortlist/Final interviews: 16,17 January 2019 (in Dubai)

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Edward Clark on +44(0)1256 862840 or +44 (0)7718 588616, or email at edward@lsceducation.com.


To apply for the post, please click on the Apply Now link below and submit your up to date CV and a formal letter of application, quoting code RSB. The letter should incorporate how you meet the person specification, why you are applying for the position and what particular attributes and qualities you would bring to the role.

Rashid School for Boys is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to undergo relevant background checks.

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