Welcome Message from the Principal

Mr. Lachlan MacKinnon

It is with pleasure that I extend to you a warm welcome to the Cambridge International School website. As Principal, I am delighted to be leading this amazing school.

Cambridge International School Dubai is a Foundation Stage to Year 13 School, teaching the National Curriculum for England including a range of IGCSE, AS level, A level, and BTEC qualifications. With more than 2500 students from over 65 different nationalities, the diversity of our students are one of our greatest strengths. They are confident, friendly, highly motivated, morally aware, culturally respectful and socially responsible.

It is the purpose of education to encompass a broad spectrum of experiences, so that the child may encounter or exclude those experiences necessary to fulfill the individual’s desire to explore and learn. Several basic principles underlie our educational philosophy. Firstly, be aware that each child is unique. Secondly, there is individual potential in all children and excellence in every child. Thirdly, children are skilled in how to think critically and logically about the world around them in order to make informed and accurate decisions about their education. Finally, the social and emotional climate of the classroom should be such that each child's contribution is valued, each child takes responsibility for the community by respecting people and property and each child takes personal responsibility for certain aspects of the organization of his / her work and interests.

The approach to learning is remarkably simple. Put talented and diverse young people together with skilled and dedicated adults, with support from engaged and committed families and you create extraordinary results that speak for themselves. It is a culture where students at all levels say it is “cool to do your best” or “cool to be smart” and where mathematicians, athletes, writers, and musicians all thrive side-by-side working together building a community of life-long learners. As a professional learning community, we are committed to working tirelessly to provide challenging educational opportunities for children each day.

During the course of the year, it is my hope that we will work together to provide the students of Cambridge International School the best possible opportunities in preparing them to be world-class citizens ready to master the challenges of the 21st Century. As Principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors-staff, students, and parents is excited to be here with high expectations! This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun and nurturing environment.

Cambridge International School is a special place to learn and we welcome you to visit the school and become part of our learning community.

Lachlan MacKinnon
Principal & CEO
Cambridge International School, Dubai

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