The Aquila School celebrates a successful first year of operation

School organises a unique event to celebrate its achievements with the school community.

The Aquila School, a new international British school located in Dubailand, is proud to have celebrated its first successful year of operation with a unique experience for the whole school community to take part in.

On Thursday 10th October, 330 children and 130 families attended Aquila’s anniversary celebration event, which saw children and adults alike abseiling down the school building, which has been awarded for its architectural excellence.

Some of the parents shared their excitement:

“It was brilliant way to celebrate the school’s first birthday while focusing on amazing learning.” Jovie.

“This is fantastic – my daughter will never forget being able to abseil at school – it is a brilliant thing.” Mr Shadi.

The Aquila School has much to celebrate. In just a year of operation, it’s seen some wonderful achievements.

  • Rated Outstanding by British School Overseas (BSO) in all areas
  • Genuine focus on amazing learning
  • Genuine focus on children having ownership of the school through pupil choice and school connectedness
  • Growth from 67 to 335 children
  • Successful launch of their hydroponics farm
  • Development of a real sense of community
  • Children making amazing progress across all areas of the curriculum
  • Launch of a drama workshop week

Principal Wayne Howsen commented: “I’m extremely proud of how far we have come in such a short period of time, and the successes we have earned really consolidate our positioning as one of the best new British schools in Dubai. It was wonderful to be able to celebrate our first year of operation with our school community in such an exciting and unique way, and I’m looking forward to another successful academic year.”


The Aquila School opened in September 2018 to serve the growing educational needs of the surrounding communities in Dubailand and across Dubai. It offers a British education to children from FS1 to Year 7, moving towards a through school with each new academic year.

For more information, or to arrange a tour, please contact +971 (0) 4 586 2700, or visit