Principal's Welcome Message

Mr Stephen Sharples

It is my privilege to welcome you to GEMS FirstPoint School in The Villa area of Dubai and to share with you our vision, aims and approaches to learning.

We consider ourselves a local school in a global setting and aim to provide every child with the quality education and learning experiences that they deserve, whilst playing a full and active role in our local, national and international communities.

At FirstPoint, we strive to educate the whole child and to give every student the environment to express their creative talents and academic abilities in innovative and enterprising ways. We understand that young people will need much more than a suite of excellent qualifications - important though these are – to succeed.

The globalised nature of our world and the ever-changing demands of industry and commerce mean that young people must have a wide range of personal skills and qualities to achieve their dreams.  At FirstPoint we aim to encourage international-mindedness; strong interpersonal skills; confidence and cooperation; leadership and social responsibility; enterprise and innovation.  Underpinning these will be a quality academic provision based on a rigorous UK National Curriculum with an outstanding Early Years Programme. We will, of course, focus on the core subjects (English, Arabic, Islamic and Social Studies, Maths and Science) and supplement these with exciting programmes in humanities, languages, the arts, sports and technology. 

Our world-class facilities allow young people to work with the latest technology, play in safe and exciting environments, and explore their own ideas and problem solving capacities using a wide range of resources and materials, and have fun in doing so.

At the centre of all that we do is a constant focus on enterprise, innovation and technology.  It is, of course, important that children develop a strong and confident command of core subjects.  Equally, they need to feel comfortable thinking of new ways to meet the needs of our world, nurture extraordinary ideas and learn how to make them a reality.  Applying knowledge to real world situations - that is the FirstPoint way!

It is my aim to make FirstPoint the ‘First Choice’ school for parents, children and our community.  I hope that you enjoy our website and look forward to welcoming you in person to our wonderful school.

Stephen Sharples

BA(Hons), MA, NPQH

CEO & Principal, GEMS FirstPoint School, The Villa