Brighton College

Brighton College

Welcome from the Head of Sixth Form

Welcome to Brighton College Abu Dhabi.  Whether you are new to our family or have been with us for a number of years, it is with great excitement that we invite you into our Sixth Form.  This is now my sixth year at Brighton, and I have seen it grow and flourish into one of the finest schools in Abu Dhabi and the UAE.  I feel privileged to work here, and I am equally passionate in ensuring that you too will be proud to consider yourself part of the Brighton community. We celebrate every success whether it be in the classroom, on the sports field, in the theatre or in our art gallery.

Brighton College Abu Dhabi opened in 2011, and whilst we are still relatively young in the United Arab Emirates, we are enriched by over 170 years of history thanks to our close ties and collaborative relationship that we have with our sister school Brighton College in the UK.  This provides a wonderful backdrop to the innovation and sound practice that being applied in our classrooms and science laboratories.  I consider our Sixth Form to be a beacon of quality and high standards within post 16 education in the Middle East.  We are proud of our continued achievements that have been secured through hard work, a collective responsibility and an ambition to be the best we can be.  In our Sixth Form, pupils will undoubtedly benefit from the wealth of experience that our teachers possess, whilst the supportive House system offers excellent pastoral care and guidance as our pupils make the transition to adulthood.

At Brighton College, we understand that for pupils to be successful they need to be able to offer more than just a good set of A level grades. We very much believe that we must foster a lifelong love of learning and that this must begin with the enthusiasm and passion of our educators in the classroom. We know that it is also of paramount importance that we provide opportunities so that our pupils can develop and broaden their other abilities. The opportunity to lead initiatives; to take on responsibility and to develop confidence is very much at the centre of what we provide. Furthermore, our pupils must also have the opportunity to have fun and enjoy life. Such values have seen our pupils securing university places from some of the finest establishments from around the world such as Harvard, Yale, Oxbridge and St Andrews.   Our experience with universities and admissions procedures in a range of countries, ensures that we are well placed to advise your child on the best possible pathway to success. 

Not only do we provide initiatives within the Sixth Form, we also offer an enviable range of co-curricular activities. We want to encourage our pupils to have an enthusiasm for life outside the classroom; to question and challenge the world we live in and to have a respect for the differences in others. In short, we want to turn out well-educated, respectful and intellectually curious men and women who are ready to take on a full, active and positive role in the life of the UAE and the global community.

Amit Patel, Head of Sixth Form


I am writing to thank all of our graduates, parents, family members and friends for attending the recent graduation event. It was a truly superb evening full of the joys of graduating. We received a speech from our guest speaker Ms Sally Corander who delivered a wonderful message about self-determination and learning from our mistakes. Her words struck a chord with all in the room and the pupils left feeling energised and ready for the next steps. The event was then followed by a sumptuous Iftar that allowed our community time to talk, discuss and reminisce about different memories.  The conclusion of one and all was just how fast the time had passed and how much had happened.

The sound of laughter and conversation filled our beautiful gallery space and the pupils received the congratulations, wisdom and final words of encouragement that they all deserved.  The experience was summed up incredibly well by our Head Girl and Head Boy, Alessandra Canta and Joshua Marsh and I would like to thank them for their contributions to the Sixth Form over the academic year.  The Common Room will be a very different space without the young men and women who are leaving our school, knowing that they have enjoyed a rich, varied and inspirational journey at Brighton College.

As Head of Sixth Form I am incredibly proud of the 71 graduates leaving our community this year, and I have no doubt that they will all continue to excel in their chosen fields.  I hope the words and memories of the evening live with them all and wish them good luck in all that they do.