New British school set to open in Sharjah in 2027

Officials from Arada Reigate Grammar School and Bright Capital Investment sign the partnership agreement at Masaar

Arada partners with Bright Capital Investment to bring the UK’s 350-year-old Reigate Grammar School to Sharjah megaproject Masaar  

Sharjah, June 27, 2024: Reigate Grammar School (RGS), the famous independent school from the UK, is opening a new British school in Sharjah. UAE developer Arada has partnered with UAE school operator Bright Capital Investment to bring RGS to the Masaar megaproject in Sharjah.  

With a planned capacity for 2,700 students, it will be a UK curriculum school for Kindergarten through to Grade 12. Scheduled to welcome its first students in September 2027, the school will be built on a 450,000 square foot plot in the Masaar community in the Suyoh district, which includes 3,000 villas and townhouses set amidst 70,000 trees. 

The school will have facilities including a performing arts centre, library, a STEM centre, multi-purpose halls, sports facilities and swimming pools. 

Reigate Grammar School Masaar will be the first branch campus of a British school in Sharjah offering a full K-12 programme in the emirate. It also marks the expansion of the Reigate Grammar School brand into the UAE, after opening seven other schools in the UK, Saudi Arabia, China and Vietnam.   

Founded in 1675 near London, Reigate Grammar School was ranked as one the UK’s top 20 private schools by A-Level results in 2023 and has frequently been named ‘School of the Year’ by a range of British industry and education bodies.  

Sean Davey, Global Business Director for Reigate Grammar School International, said, “We look forward to working with the brilliant team at Arada to create an outstanding campus, and also with Bright Capital, to ensure that the educational provision at Reigate Grammar School Sharjah is both inspiring and exceptional. All students will benefit from being part of our international Reigatian community which provides rich educational, learning and cultural links with exchange opportunities.” 

Reigate Grammar School Masaar will be operated by Bright Capital Investment, a UAE-based education provider that currently has investments in four schools in Dubai including Bright Learners Private School and the three Star International Schools in Al Twar, Mirdif and Al Qusais. 

Esref Temel, Managing Director at Bright Capital Investment, said: “We are delighted to partner with Arada, to bring the first ever UK branch School to Sharjah. This initiative highlights our commitment to investing in transformative projects that enrich the community and shape the future. Establishing Reigate Grammar School emphasises our dedication to enhancing the educational landscape in Sharjah and the UAE.” 

Ahmed Alkhoshaibi, Group CEO of Arada, said: “Reigate Grammar School is one of the most established and respected educational institutions in the UK, with an exceptional record of academic excellence and achievement. This is another example of a partnership that elevates the quality of life and well-being of residents in our communities, and we look forward to working with Bright Capital Investment to bring this world-class facility to Masaar.”  

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