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From the opening of the first school, Pearl British Academy in 2007, Aldar Academies has fast grown into a leading provider of private education across a network of seven Academies and one Nursery.

Aldar Academies continues to work towards its promise of ‘Delivering the highest standards of education and inspiring a love of learning.’ with plans to grow its current schools and build new ones which will expand its student capacity to over 14,000 in the coming years. These expansion plans also include the ambition for Aldar Academies to enter the nursery sector, from where children will be able to take advantage of priority placements into Aldar Academies primary schools.

To date, Aldar Academies have invested more than Dh450 million in Abu Dhabi’s education sector as part of its commitment to the UAE’s 2030 vision. We see this as a long-term investment and will continue to invest in this sector as we expand.

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This is our “big idea”. It is what we are determined to achieve and the legacy we wish to leave. It is our intention and what we want to ensure happens.



This is our commitment. This is what we do as a team every day. This is what others can expect from us and what we can expect in return. This is the way we do things.



Our values define who we are. They are the fundamental beliefs of our organisation. They guide our actions and behaviour.


Al Ain British Academy
Ian Pugh

Mr Pugh has been working in education for nearly twenty years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in education, is a Level 1 Penta trained school inspector and is currently completing his National Professional Qualification for Headship. He has vast education and leadership experience internationally and in the UK. Having been in educational senior leadership for 9 years, he has strategically supported schools graded as outstanding, as well as working in leadership teams tasked with taking schools out of special measures, to become good schools.

Mr Pugh takes great pride in welcoming you to Al Ain British Academy as Principal of the school. He joined Al Ain British Academy on the school’s Senior Leadership team in 2019, bringing proven educational and assessment strategies to the school and building a strategic team of middle leaders to ensure each individual child gets the very best education every day. His philosophy is that each member of the AAA community should feel safe and happy coming to school, while being exposed to challenge, inquiry and excitement. Thus, our pupils will make progress every day, enjoying the learning experiences they are immersed in.

As the world begins to return to normal after the pandemic, the world of education has a wealth of opportunities available to children. Mr. Pugh believes this is a time to inspire children and allow them to investigate a wealth of learning beyond the classroom, developing their love for sports, arts, drama as well as collaborating with those similar and different from ourselves, as we look to develop tolerant, visionary leaders of the future for the U.A.E and globally.

Bateen World Academy
Neal Dilk

Neal has more than twenty years of experience working in international schools, with sixteen years in senior leadership positions across Europe and Asia. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, curricular planning and program development, accreditation and compliance systems, budgeting and financial management, risk management planning, and crisis management.

Over the course of his career, Neal has worked to develop opportunities for students that strengthen and enrich learning. Neal has developed service-learning programs, STEAM programs, mother tongue-based language programs, learning support systems, personalized learning systems.

Neal holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University, and a School Management and Leadership Certificate from Harvard University. He is a certified International Baccalaureate administrator, and an active member of the Association of International School Heads, and the Council of International Schools where Neal serves as an inspector.

Mamoura British Academy


Sarah Weaver brings to Mamoura British Academy over 17 years of leadership experience at both local and international levels; with eight of those being in the UAE. Sarah is now in her second year of leadership at Mamoura British Academy and has already accomplished “Outstanding” judgements in the schools most recent BSO inspection and led the school to achieving the “Developed” status, the highest rating possible, for its distance learning programme.

Sarah brings experience of working in an Outstanding school and in one of the most improved schools within her educational groups network in the UAE. She was a highly successful Deputy Head Teacher in East London for over ten years, supporting her school to be the 4th most improved school in the United Kingdom.

During her career she has developed specialisms in; through school assessment, school improvement and early years education and as a result she has supported schools to achieve results of the highest calibre during their UK OFSTED inspections, External Reviews and KHDA Inspections.

Muna British Academy

Having been in education for the last 25 years I have witnessed many changes, however the one constant factor remains: An education is one of the most valuable things we can possess. It influences how we see the world and contribute to it.

I have been fortunate to be a part of Aldar Academies for the last 9 years, and fully endorse the vision that it is our purpose to empower the next generation to shape our future.

We achieve this effective by recognising the importance of a holistic approach to education, being fully inclusive and allowing children to develop their skills in which they can realise their dreams for their future.

Taking on the role as Principal of Muna British Academy in March 2020 has allowed me to continue my passion in developing a community approach to educating our children, where all stakeholders play a part in a child’s development.

Pearl British Academy

Barbara Heaton

Barbara Heaton joins Pearl British Academy with over 25 years' experience in educational leadership in the UAE, Spain and the UK.

Having completed the Accelerated Route N.P.Q.H. in 2000 as a Primary Head Teacher in the UK, Barbara moved to work in an International School in Spain where she taught in Primary and Secondary Departments broadening her experience teaching, amongst other subjects, English to GCSE. Here, she led Teaching and Learning across the whole school (Nursery to Year 13) and also held role of team inspector with NABSS (the National Association of Schools in Spain). She is now a BSO team inspector in the Middle East.

Throughout her career, Barbara has gained much experience in teaching second language learners as well as developing assessment and tracking systems to ensure students are maximising their potential and capabilities. She has developed planning and curriculum models which enable her to fulfil her passion for personalised learning and celebrating an individual's strengths, both as a person and a learner.

Yasmina British Academy

Keith Miller

I feel both privileged and honored to be given the opportunity of leading Yasmina British Academy into the next exciting stage of its development.

I have worked in education for the past 36 years, working for the last 11 years within the GCC. I have had the pleasure of leading some of the most successful schools within the region.

I initially trained at King Alfred’s College, Winchester, where I obtained my first degree. A firm believer in lifelong learning, my post graduate studies include an MA in Educational Management, NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship) and I am a trained performance and leadership coach with The Work Foundation. I am a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching (FCCT) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). I read and research extensively, enabling me to keep up to date with current educational philosophy.

I am visionary, inclusive leader who has significantly transformed the quality of education and the experiences of the students in my care. My vision is a simple one; to ensure that every child in our Academy is happy, highly motivated, and fully supported to maximize their potential, both academically and in all other areas of school life.

I look forward to working with all the Academy’s community to develop Yasmina British Academy into one of the leading schools internationally.

Yas American Academy

Chris Nourse

Mr. Chris Nourse has nearly 30 years’ experience in education. He has been Principal of 6 schools both in the UK and the UAE. As well as a trained school inspector, Chris mentors the next generation of school Principals through the Aldar Training Academy .Chris is passionate about all children being given exciting learning opportunities so they can reach their full potential both academically and personally. Chris is Married with three children, all of whom attended Aldar Academies schools, and of whom he is rightly proud.

As a school leader Chris believes in devolving leadership across his teams and to maximise engagement with all stakeholders, as parent partnership is key to ensuring children are fully supported at home and at school. Pupil voice is especially important as it helps to direct the work of the school.

Finally, Chris believes that children learn best when they feel happy, secure and inspired.


Year Group School Fees Per Annum (in AED)* Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Registration Fee
PRE-KG 49,000 19,600 14,700 14,700 2,000
KG1 – KG2 52,470 20,988 15,741 15,741 2,000
Grade 1 – Grade 5 54,530 21,812 16,359 16,359 2,000
Grade 6 – Grade 8 58,650 23,460 17,595 17,595 2,000
Grade 9 – Grade 12 63,280 25,312 18,984 18,984 2,000

*Fees for the term 2022-2023. Please note, our fees are regulated by ADEK and are subject to change.

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