A British education with an international perspective

Curriculum: National Curriculum for England

Language of Instruction: English

GEMS Wellington School, Qatar, offers the National Curriculum for England, in an international context.

The National Curriculum for England has been created by educational professionals and designed to develop student competencies in a number of core areas. GEMS Wellington School, Qatar, takes this foundation and builds on it, tailoring its curriculum to its students’ diverse international needs. The integration of the Arabic curriculum adds a rich tier of knowledge to our students’ education.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Foundation Stage 1 and Foundation Stage 2

Age: 3 years old – 5 years old

Our Early Years Foundation Stage education provides new students with a journey of learning, guided by our caring, nurturing and dedicated team of education professionals. As an introduction to school, this programme of learning focuses on self development in partnership with intellectual and physical development.

The curriculum in our Foundation Stage is based on the English Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS), which provides a framework for the education of children from birth to 5 years old. The curriculum is planned holistically to cover the prime areas of learning and these are developed further through the specific areas.

The Prime Areas

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development,
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

The Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

We aim to create a learning environment in which children are encouraged to be confident, curious and self-motivated and to take pride in their achievements.

  • Learning is multi- sensory, collaborative and fun
  • Child initiated learning is at the centre of the curriculum and this enables us to personalise the learning experience to meet the needs of the individual, through adult facilitated play. 
  • The curriculum is designed to enable children to work at their own level and pace.

Keys Stage 1, 2 and 3

Year 1 to Year 9

Age: 5 years old to 13 years old

From Key Stage 1 through to Key Stage 3, students develop their intellectual, physical and moral identities, supported by our contextually-developed curriculum. The National Curriculum for England is studied in over 150 countries worldwide and is a curriculum of choice because of its internationally recognised academic structure.

The GEMS Wellington School, Qatar, curriculum has been tailored to the needs of our international students who, in line with GEMS Education's’ core concepts, learn the value of being a global citizens. The influence of our host nation adds a rich Arabic tier to our programme, introducing students to, and developing skills in, the heritage of the region.

The core areas of learning in Key Stage 1 through to Key Stage 4 include:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Design and Technology
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art and Design
  • Music
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
  • An additional Modern Foreign Language from Key Stage 2 upwards  

In addition to the above National Curriculum for England subjects, we also offer:

  • Arabic (Arabic A: following the Ministry of Education’s recommended curriculum, for GCC Nationals; Arabic B for non-native Arabic speakers)
  • Islamic (compulsory for Muslim students; Available in Arabic for Arabic A students or in English for Arabic B students)
  • Qatari History (integrated into our humanities programmes for English speaking students and will be taught in Arabic for our first language students)

We continuously encourage our students to seek new opportunities of learning and develop new skills and abilities. Each student has their own identity and competencies and, as they reach the higher years of school, they become more aware of themselves, their interests and their strengths, at all times remembering the value of learning.

Year 10 to Year 13

Our school will grow to be a Foundation Stage to Year 13 school in the coming years. To find out more about the National Curriculum for England’s Secondary School programme, please visit the National Curriculum for England’s site:

The Wellington Way

GEMS Wellington School is part of a family of Wellington schools worldwide that blend traditional learning with 21st century educational technologies. We want to ensure students become true citizens and genuine leaders of the future; concerned about their own communities, the environment and how they can make a difference to the world through enterprise and entrepreneurial ideas.

Our curriculum reflects the GEMS Core Values in action, recognised 21st century learning skills and qualities identified by employers as requirements for future success.

If you would like more information about our curriculum, please call us on +974 4041 7555. Or, if you would like to apply for admission for your child, please click here to complete an online Enquiry.