Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Two Abu Dhabi Based Schools Receive Prestigious British Schools Overseas (BSO) Accreditations

  • Aspen Heights British School and Reach British
    School, both part of International Schools Partnership (ISP), receive BSO

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, Dubai, 7 July, 2021 – International Schools Partnership (ISP) has announced that both of
their schools in Abu Dhabi, Aspen Heights British School and Reach British
School, were recently inspected against the British Schools Overseas framework.
Both schools have fully met all the standards and are now accredited BSO

“We are proud to
say that both Aspen Heights British School and Reach British School, have
received their BSO Accreditation. This year has been a challenging one for all
of us, and these inspection outcomes are validation of the unwavering
commitment, dedication and hard work put in by both school teams. We all
congratulate them on this recognition,” said Bharat Mansukhani, Regional
Managing Director – ISP Middle East.

Aspen Heights British School 

Aspen Heights British School opened in
2017, as the first purpose-built ISP school in the region.  The Aspen
community has grown year on year, becoming the school of choice for families
who value a warm and welcoming community, coupled with innovative teaching and
an ambitious learning environment. Currently catering to students from Nursery
(FS1) to Year 9, Aspen will commence their first GCSE cohort next academic
year. Previously rated “Good” by ADEK in their first Irtiqaa inspection in
2019, the 2021 BSO inspection team commended the school for their ‘open-minded
and ambitious approach to continuous improvement’. The Principal, Mrs
Emma Shanahan and her senior team have been commended for their passion,
commitment and outstanding leadership in this recent inspection.

The school was rated excellent and outstanding in most
areas in the BSO report. The outstanding curriculum was deemed to be
courageous, supporting a high level of interest and challenge for the pupils,
by inspectors. They also noted that the high-quality premises supported
excellent learning, and the exemplary behaviour of students, was supported by
outstanding relationships between staff, pupils and parents. It was found that
Aspen Heights commits to personalising learning for all pupils, and the
inspection team highlighted the outstanding provision for inclusion of pupils of
all abilities and aptitudes.

Aspen Heights British School’s BSO report states:

“Aspen Heights British School is an ambitious school
with many outstanding features. There is excellent capacity for further
development. Teachers make excellent use of the wide range of resources and
creative outdoor spaces to deliver interesting lessons across all subject
areas. The manner in which the school links with the local and regional
community is outstanding. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary, and they enjoy school.
As a result, they make good or excellent progress, becoming confident and
articulate learners.”

Emma Shanahan, Principal of Aspen Heights British
School shared what this accreditation has meant for the entire school
community, “There are so many wonderful aspects in this report to celebrate,
which is incredibly heartening after such a challenging year. We have achieved
this accolade as a learning community; our cohesive and hardworking school
team, our engaged and supportive families, and our happy and inquisitive
pupils. We are proud and reflective, but are looking forward to another
exciting year, aspiring to excellence every day.”

Reach British School

Reach British
School opened in 2014 and joined ISP in 2016. Located in the Baniyas area of
Abu Dhabi, the school currently caters to students from Nursery (FS1) to Year

Some of the school’s strengths that
were identified through the inspection included the outstanding facilities, the
excellent operational management of the school, the good, excellent and
outstanding teaching practices, the excellent links with the local community
and the high level of parent engagement, as well as the “wholehearted support”
demonstrated for the school by the parents. Inspectors noted that students at
Reach British School are in a safe and positive learning environment, which
allows them to develop positive views about the school and an excellent
attitude towards learning.

The BSO Lead
Inspector also said, “Reach British School is a very much improved school that
offers a good standard of education with many outstanding features.”

Dene Bright, Principal of
Reach British School congratulated the entire community on the accreditation,
saying, “This is an outstanding achievement for everyone associated with our
school. I wish to pass on my sincere thanks to all staff and community members
for their contributions in ensuring this was possible. This is fantastic news
for all of us. We are proud that Reach British School now joins only a handful
of British schools in Abu Dhabi to be accredited as a BSO school.”

The BSO is a voluntary inspection framework
for British schools overseas that inspects schools against a common set of
standards that British schools across the world can choose to adopt.  By achieving UK inspection-based approval,
Aspen Heights British School and Reach British School have demonstrated that
they provide a British education that has similar characteristics to an
education in an independent school in the UK. The inspections for Aspen Heights
British School and Reach British School were carried out by Penta
International, who specialise in inspecting schools overseas. For more
information about them or to read the full BSO reports of these schools visit

For more information about these two schools please visit: Aspen
Heights British School: 
or Reach British School:

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