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The student population of GEMS Wellington International School had increased by a small margin from the previous year. Almost a quarter of students were new to the school. Overall, the largest nationality group was British. There were sizeable minorities of other Europeans, Indian and Arab students and a wide representation of nationalities from around the world.
The school followed two main curricula. Children in the Foundation Stage and students in the primary and secondary phases followed the National Curriculum of England and Wales. Students in the post-16 phase undertook the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Islamic Education and Arabic provision followed the Ministry of Education guidelines. Classes had an average of 25 students; the teacher to student ratio was 1 to 13. Half of the students were in the primary phase and approximately one third were in the secondary phase. The provision for special educational needs was by two specialist leaders and 12 specialist staff working from a support unit, the Achievement Centre. The 179 teachers were predominantly British and almost all had teaching qualifications. There had been a significant change of teachers, due in part to the expanded student population. Of these teachers, 52 (29 per cent) were new this year and 65 (36 per cent) were in their second year. There were 68 teaching assistants. The principal had been in post since September 2012.
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