About Us

A warm welcome to GEMS Our Own High School - Al Warqa'a

GEMS Our Own High School, Al Warqa'a encourages ambition and acknowledges potential, educating students to become critical thinkers and compassionate citizens, whilst attaining academic distinction within a creative and supportive environment.

Using the CBSE educational curriculum to deliver a consistent and holistic educational approach, the school is committed to broad and ambitious teaching, enabling each and every student to develop their voice, talents, and abilities.

Through the CBSE curriculum, our students develop their analytical capability, versatility, and critical thinking – all traits that are highly regarded by employers and universities alike. Indeed, the CBSE is a passport to the finest universities in the world.

Our Own High School, Al Warqa’a, is a GEMS school created in 2005 as a single shift facility for boys of ‘Our Own English High School, Dubai’ which was established in Bastakiya in 1968. ‘Our Own’ Al Warqa’a shares the same vision, ethos and work culture that has given the parent school its laudable presence.  ‘Our Own’ Al Warqa’a now has 4,700 students and 216 teachers.

The school is well-recognized for the quality of its academic achievements and the service it provides to students and parents. Our educational priorities are based on current trends that affect education globally, on the shared leadership and management agenda that is consciously emerging across GEMS schools.

The DSIB inspectors recognized these priorities in daily school life and have awarded our school an overall ‘GOOD’ for FOUR consecutive years. The academic activities are administratively controlled by the Principal with the support of the Headmistress, the Middle and Senior School Head and Supervisors.  The day to day working of the school rests on the shoulders of 200 competent and conscientious administrative and support staff.

Our Ethos

Our ethos is centred on creating a stimulating and secure learning environment, which will develop our students’ lively, enquiring minds, and instil in them a positive and lifelong desire to learn.

At ‘Our Own’ Al Warqa’a, we strive to create a stimulating and secure environment, to help develop lively enquiring minds and a positive desire to learn.  We aim to help students develop creativity and give them opportunities to hone their talent in various co-curricular activities like music, dance, public speaking, sports, art, and drama. We ensure that our students develop a strong sense of self-esteem and individuality by encouraging self-reliance and independence.  The school’s mission is to ensure that its students imbibe sound moral and spiritual values within a supportive and caring community.

We believe that our students should be fully engaged in the process of building a curriculum that appeals to them and embraces 21st century learning – allowing them to follow their own interests and retain connections with their own country and culture.

In addition to academic achievements, we are committed to encouraging our students to explore their talents in areas such as music, dance, public speaking, sports, art, and drama, whilst developing a strong sense of self-esteem and individuality.