What Makes an Award Winning School?

Cranleigh Abu Dhabi Senior School Building

Now in our fifth year with a pupil population of over 1,300 spanning FS1 to Year 13, we were proud be named New British International School of the Year 2017 in the BIS Awards, as well as the leading school in Abu Dhabi (overall runner-up) in SchoolsCompared.com’s UAE Top Schools Award 2017. We were also shortlisted for International School of the Year in the Tes Independent Schools Awards 2018.

There are more details about our awards here.


We know that well-structured academic and co-curricular programmes are important, as are great facilities, but by far the most significant critical success factor for us as a school lies in the quality and energy of the staff team.

As a result, we place the highest onus on recruitment and retention to ensure our students receive the world class education they deserve. Our first recruitment drive saw over 1800 applications for 64 posts and we continue to have very high ratios of candidates when a post becomes available – usually for expansion reasons. We are often staggered by the quality of applicants we have to decline as a result of the strength of the field, inclusive of high demand subjects like Physics and Maths.

Consistency is essential to the successful implementation of our vision and our high staff retention rate speaks for itself.

Cranleigh teachers can be sure that they will work alongside some of the profession’s brightest and most creative educators. And Cranleigh parents can be sure that their children are receiving ongoing high standards of teaching and learning, which have been the hallmarks of our success to date.