Where is Brighton College Abu Dhabi?

The College campus is located in Bloom Gardens, next to Khalifa Park.

What year groups does the College offer?

Brighton College Abu Dhabi is open with classes for Nursery through to (and including) Year 13. 

What are the fees?

Please view our Fees Page for a full breakdown of the fees by year group.

What facilities does the campus have?

Our eight-acre campus has been designed to maximise the use of every available space. The College has 116 classrooms and a range of specialist teaching and learning spaces.

The Sports Centre houses a large sports hall, an outdoor 25-metre shaded swimming pool and 'toddlers' pool, changing facilities and a modern fitness suite. Outside we have a full size 4G astro pitch and many dedicated shaded play areas zoned for different age pupils. 

Our Expressive and Creative Arts Wing houses a 600-seat theatre, large dance studio, drama studio and teaching spaces, four music classrooms, 12 music instrumental practice rooms, a recording studio, two very large art studios, photography dark room and a cutting-edge design centre incorporating modern product design equipment, such as a laser printer.

Pupils have access to the main Dining Room which can seat 280 people and serves a range of hot and cold food at break. The 'bistro' dining room serves food to our youngest children with a child-friendly healthy menu. Older pupils also have access to two cafes serving salads, sandwiches and drinks.

What is the organisational structure of the College?

The College is led by the Head Mistress, and the Senior Leadership Team, who manage heads of departments, housemasters/ housemistresses and Year leaders, alongside an enthusiastic and talented team of teachers.

What makes Brighton College unique?

The Times has consistently ranked Brighton College as one of the top three co-educational schools in England. In 2017, Brighton College was considered "The most forward-thinking school" by The Week, it has had recognition for the Best Leadership Team in Education and CNN called it "a model for the 21st century".

Brighton College considers education within and outside of the normal educational silos, encouraging cross-curricular study. 

Brighton runs a number of programmes, such as those considering the current world (fusing geography, politics and economics); the mutual interdependence of sports activity, physics, chemistry and biology; looking at the chronological development of human achievement; and with specific focuses at certain times on entrepreneurship and real life skills.

All members of the Brighton College family of schools collaborate, sharing best practice and taking advantage of innovation – whether generated in the UK, the UAE or elsewhere. Therefore, the education delivered is fresh, exciting, engaging and equips pupils for tomorrow's world.

Recent studies also show that the quality of education delivered to children aged five, directly impacts their IGCSE performance. The high quality of Brighton College's education starts as soon as a child enters the school.

In addition to pupils' academic development, the College invests time in identifying and seeking to develop the individual passions of each child – whether music, drama, dance, sport, academic, green issues, community engagement, etc.

There are no stereotypes at Brighton College. Every child is valued as a unique individual. They are cared for, encouraged and developed so that they can maximise their true potential in a range of fields. This helps them identify what they would like to focus on when they come to the end of their schooling, and ultimately identify careers in due course.

What about university entrances?

Almost all Brighton College pupils proceed to higher education, either immediately after the summer they leave school, or after a gap year.

In January 2022, our Upper Sixth pupils received numerous offers from Russell Group universities. These included offers from Oxbridge, Imperial, St Andrews and Warwick.

The College aims to help all pupils reach the university of their choice.  Being an international College with an incredibly diverse pupil community, we have seen pupils continue their educational journeys at leading universities from around the world.  Whilst the UK remains the favoured destination amongst our pupils, we have an increasing proportion of pupils progressing to the USA. Alongside this, we are witnessing a growth in European applications.  We have recently had success stories at Science Po in Paris, and The Hague in the Netherlands. 

What languages are on offer?

Pupils have the opportunity to learn Arabic from Nursery, French and Mandarin from Year 5 and from Year 7, pupils also have the opportunity to learn Spanish and German. Pupils can take formal qualifications in all subjects at GCSE and A level. Arabic is mandatory from Years 7-11 for all pupils and we run the Ministry of Education examinations in Year 12. We are also happy to discuss with our pupils and parents what they would like to see offered and work to ensure our provision meets their needs. We naturally deliver Arabic for both native speakers and those learning Arabic as an additional language, in-line with the Ministry of Education’s guidelines.

What sports can my child enjoy?

We offer a wide range of sports – within lessons as well as during co-curricular times. We have facilities for football, touch rugby, athletics, basketball, netball, badminton and swimming.

How do you use ICT within the College?

To ensure that teaching is vibrant, inspiring and engaging, and that pupils have the knowledge, skills and understanding they need in order to be successful in the 21st century,  Brighton College Abu Dhabi ensures that:

  • The use of ICT supports excellent teaching in all areas of the curriculum and beyond.
  • Children’s love of learning is enhanced through ICT.
  • Pupils develop levels of computer literacy needed to fully prepare them for their future.
  • The College has an integrated ICT system that is used effectively by all.
  • We make use of ICT throughout the College to complement and enrich, not replace, many traditional teaching methods and support pupil learning.

When are admissions open?

Admissions open in September. To find out more please contact our admissions team admissions@brightoncollege.ae to arrange a visit. We look forward to welcoming you!


Please fill in our Enquiry Form or Application Form

What are the entry requirements and how can parents apply?

For a clear step by step admissions process breakdown, please visit our How To Apply page. Parents can apply through our website. Our admissions department will follow up all queries and provide each family with a full and comprehensive outline of next steps. Please feel free to contact our Admissions Department, on +971 (2) 8156 504 or at admissions@brightoncollege.ae.

What specialist subjects are offered?

The College offers up to 24 A Level subjects and 21 GCSE subjects comprising of 15 optional subjects alongside Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Maths and two English courses.

What are the timings of the College?

The school day starts from 07:30 for all staff. The first lesson, which is House Registration, starts at 07:45 for Prep and Senior pupils and at 08:00 for Pre-Prep pupils each day. For Nursery and FS2 pupils their day finishes at 13:30 throughout the week and for Year 1 to Year 13 pupils their day finishes at 15:00. The length of lessons varies depending on the subject taught however, the majority of lessons are 40 minutes in duration.