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Hartland International School provides an enriched education through the National Curriculum for England, empowering young minds to think creatively, problem solve and to exceed expectations. Modelled on the richness of the best international approach to education, our school unlocks potential, nurtures talent and realises dreams.

Hartland is rated as a “Very Good” School with many “Outstanding”features during the DSIB Inspection of 2022-23.

To create a leading British international school, through a unique blend of traditional values and innovative approaches to education.


  • We will create a community of learning within a safe, secure and happy environment where our children are inspired, challenged and supported in all they do.
  • Our passion for learning and teaching will light a fire in the hearts and minds of our students, as will our warmth, humanity and transparency.
  • Student achievement will be limitless and they will leave with the confidence and capability that will equip them for every facet of adult life as a global citizen.
  • Students will be aware of their indebtedness to society and the nature and responsibility of their privilege.

Individual Values
We want our children to grow into well-rounded, self-assured, adults, capable of navigating complex social and cultural environments in a confident manner. Our children will face challenges throughout their lives, and we want to enable them to learn how to persevere and make appropriate decisions in a range of situations, developing into life-long learners, who can lead and take responsibility for themselves and others within their community. Our hope is that the students at Hartland International School will be able to demonstrate the following values through a  Passion for Excellence , which develops in them a desire to exceed expectations and deliver the extraordinary:

  1. Leadership – providing vision and direction
  2. Integrity and Honesty – upholding truth and having strong moral principles 
  3. Commitment – taking responsibility for actions and continuous self-improvement 
  4. Empathy – understanding and celebrating differences 
  5. Problem solving – engaging in analytical and critical thinking 
  6. Creativity – developing original ideas that have value 
  7. Resilience – persevering through challenges 
  8. Decision making – conducting open-minded review and selection 
  9. Collaboration – working with others to achieve greater goals 
  10. Global Citizenship – undertaking sustainable and ethical community service

Hartland is a unique and vibrant place filled with the energy of inquisitive minds and with a strong and experienced staff and leadership team. We understand that an outstanding education is not merely characterised by achieving good grades. It is defined by a combination of top-quality academic provision and an expansive enrichment programme designed to provide multiple pathways to success within a safe and warm environment.

An Experienced Academic Team
Our Senior Leadership Team brings a recognised education pedigree with a combined average of over 20 years of leading outstanding schools, here in Dubai and in the UK.

Our teachers come to us from some of the most exceptional schools worldwide, including those here in the UAE. All are highly qualified and experienced in teaching the National Curriculum and many other curriculum models. Our students benefit from a staff group who are dedicated to each child’s academic, social and emotional development.

Academic Excellence
At Hartland International School, academic excellence is more than just making good grades. We combine a strong values-based British Education with the best international approaches to create an environment where students are encouraged to think and question. Through an enquiry-based learning approach, they are taught the necessary skills that they will need to enjoy a successful future. Our students are exposed to specialist subject-based teaching at a very young age to foster an appreciation for the subject while also promoting a culture of continuous learning.

An Expansive Enrichment Programme
The enrichment programme is part of a comprehensive educational experience for our students. With over 100 clubs and enrichments activities to choose from, learning at Hartland International School is not just confined to the traditional classroom setting.

Students spend up to four hours a week pursuing a wide array of activities that encourage them to build on current talents or develop new ones. We work with our teachers and third-party providers to ensure the provision is of the highest quality and the outcomes are not just measurable but meaningful as well.

Student Well-Being & Inclusivity
The Hartland International School strives to be an inclusive school with a commitment to catering to students of myriad needs and abilities. Students will find that they are supported not only by their class teachers during lessons but also by a cohesive staff team that puts the child at the centre of all we do. Our SEND resources are provisioned to cater to children to a broad set of needs. The Gifted and Talented Programme is structured to provide adequate stretch for the more-abled students whilst simultaneously raising attainment for all our students. We have high expectations in terms of effort, commitment, behaviour, uniform and appearance but all of this within a caring and supportive environment.

A Community School
It is essential that we form a strong partnership between our school, each child and their parents. In our meetings, we share with you our vision and our targets and expectations for your child for the year ahead, but we will also seek to understand your aspirations for your child so that we develop these personal goals and targets together.

Parents also play an active role in the school through their participation in the Governing Body and the Parent Body we so fondly call “The Friends of Hartland”. Our shared vision reaches out across every aspect of school life to deliver an experience that is more than an education. It is therefore not surprising that parents of over 65 nationalities have come to trust Hartland International School with their children.

Hartland International School offers an academic, stimulating and caring environment with safety as one of our key priorities for all of our children and staff.

We celebrate the fact that each child is unique, and we help each one to develop the confidence needed to take on new challenges and new learning opportunities. We are fortunate to do this in learning spaces that are well-resourced, spacious, bright and engaging.

Specialist facilities include a state of the art 650-seater theatre, a professional recording studio, music tech room and suite of music practice rooms, a design technology set of rooms including a food room and textiles room, a multi-purpose gym room, dedicated libraries in both primary and secondary to support research and study and September 2023 saw us open a second phase of new classrooms with additional specialist provision for science and art.

Mrs Fiona Cottam


Mrs Shahida Ibrahim

Vice Principal, Vice Principal
Head of Primary

Mr Paul Ryan

Head of Secondary

Mr Eddie Brown

Deputy Head of Primary

Mrs Nadine Ramadan

Director of Arabic and Islamic Studies

Mr Gareth Brown

Head of Sixth Form
Assistant Head of Secondary

Mrs Natalie Herbert

Assistant Head of Secondary

Ms Elizabeth Penn

Assistant Head of Secondary

Mrs Aminah Evans

Head of Foundation Stage
Assistant Head of Primary

Mr Mark Ryan

Assistant Head of UAE Curriculum

Ms Jodie Smith

Assistant Head of Primary

Ms Kirsty Lowden

Assistant Head of Primary

Mrs Hayley Oxley

Head of Inclusion and SENDCo

Mr Niall Statham

Head of Digital Strategy and Innovation
Head of Physical Education

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Call admissions: 800-42787/04 407 9444

Established 2015
AED 50-60k
FS2 – Year 13
Sobha Hartland, MBR City. Meydan, Dubai.
971 4 407 9444

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