Salam’ means ‘peace’ in Arabic and together with the statement ‘where every child is special’, it is firmly embedded into the ethos of the school and a fundamental belief we inculcate in our staff and students. Diversity, tolerance and inclusion underpin the importance of celebrating individuality and a collective sense of purpose. These values fit very well into that of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. It is reflected in all Al Salam has achieved in showing care and commitment for over 30 years in Dubai as well as all it strives to achieve in the future.
Al Salam Private School began as a nursery in 1985 and three years later, Al Salam Private School was established. The location of the school changed as it grew and larger sites were used to accommodate the growing numbers. Al Salam operated in the historic communities of Dubai, Al Rigga, to Al Muteena and later Hor Al Anz through to its current site in Al Nahda 2.
In September 2019, Al Salam began a new phase in its journey with the building of a second campus, Al Salam Community School, in Al Twar 2. The new campus was to be the home of Al Salam's enhanced and diversified secondary and Post-16 provision as students were moved across from ASPS to ASCS.
In line with the aspiration of the Al Salam to provide outstanding value for money, the new and state-of-the-art facility set out to build it's tradition of exceptional levels of student acheivement and character development.
Al Salam Private School continued on its path as a very high performing school with more focused provision within the Primary and KS3 year groups.
As a family run independent school, Al Salam has always put education and children at the heart of all of it's ambiton.
Ms Sue Johnston, having founded the school in 1985 and led as headmistress until 2016, continues to guide the vision and ethos of the schools alongside her sons.
Al Salam has been fortunate to have been able to assemble a team of highly experienced and committed board members to help ensure governance across both schools delivers exceptions levels of suppport, challenge and positive accountability. This helps keep the core belief of 'where every child is special' alive through an ethos of care, commitment and challenge.
Our schools are comprised of an international body of highly qualified and experienced staff and enjoys a community of students from around the world. We are dedicated to the positive growth of all our students- intellectually, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
For more than ten years, Al Salam Private School has been an approved and accredited IGCSE and IAS/IAL School by both Cambridge University International Examinations (CIE) and also Edexcel. The aim of our curriculum is to encourage students to be empathetic, responsible and capable of critical thinking, analytical thought and independent reasoning.
Results have been consistently outstanding, with GCSE results of A*-C averaging 99.6% from 2009 to 2016 inclusive; compared to a UK average of 68.5%. A*-A grades have averaged 69.2% over the same time period; compared to a UK average of 21.5%. Individual students have had exceptional success including the highest attainment in a subject locally and internationally as recognised by the Cambridge University International Examination Board.
With over 30 years of expertise, Al Salam School is a pearl in the heart of historic Dubai and a great example of a school that reflects both the legacy and ambition of the UAE.