Visiting international schools in the United Arab Emirates

Published on 25th April, 2016 by Andrew Wigford. Published in For Candidates / TIC News

TIC Director Andrew Wigford reports on his trip to the UAE

Last week I travelled to the United Arab Emirates to visit several international schools. International school visits are an important part of my job – they allow me to understand exactly what the school is like and its ethos, get to know the leaders and teachers, and gather my own assurance of its calibre and quality. This means that TIC can then provide a real guarantee of a school’s quality for new teachers. Here are the schools I visited during this trip:

The British International School Abu Dhabi

Here I am with Headteacher Patrick Horne outside the British International School in Abu Dhabi. BIS Abu Dhabi is a thriving Nord Anglia school established in 2009 near Abu Dhabi University. We are currently looking for a Biology teacher who can teach to A Level standard for this excellent school.

Raha International School

This is Raha International School, a school that is part of the Taaleem group of international schools. It is situated in Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi. Raha International School has over 2,000 students from Nursery to International Baccalaureate Diploma (ie 3-19). It is one of the only schools in the area offering all three IB programmes (PYP, MYP and DP). TIC currently has vacancies for this school for Primary teachers, preferably with IB PYP experience.

British School Al Khubairat

The British School Al Khubairat is one of the oldest and most sought-after schools in Abu Dhabi. The school currently teaches around 1,600 students and has incredible facilities. TIC is looking for two secondary Maths teachers and a school counsellor to start this September.

Cranleigh School

This school in Abu Dhabi opened just two years ago and already has over 900 students and a very good reputation. It is located in a beautiful spot on Yas Island overlooking the sea.

Brighton College

Brighton College, Abu Dhabi is about six years old and has some very impressive facilities. Its dedicated staff are mainly from the UK, and teach over 1,600 students from Kindergarten to A Level. TIC has placed 6 teachers here so far who have enjoyed great experiences and success. We are currently looking for a Science teacher to join them.

Liwa School

TIC only started working with Liwa School in Al Ain a few months ago. It is a large school with more than 2,500 students following an American curriculum. It’s another good school. They are currently looking for Kindergarten and Primary teachers to start right now.


An excellent trip all round. Thanks to all the schools and staff who welcomed me so enthusiastically. And it was wonderful to see so many happy TIC teachers now well established into their schools and enjoying their jobs.

If you would like to see more of our latest vacancies in the UAE and surrounding area, check out our Middle East Vacancies. For more information on life in the UAE, check out our latest newsletter.

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Andrew Wigford

Andrew is Managing Director of TIC. He has been involved in international education both as a teacher and Headteacher for over 25 years and has worked in Germany, Colombia and Austria. He set up TIC recruitment in 2005 to help teachers find great jobs in great international schools.