• The Spear’s Schools Index is the only global ranking of top private schools

Oxford, UK: Five UAE schools have been named among the top 100 private schools in the world, as part of the Spear’s Schools Index, launched in partnership with global education group, Carfax Education. Brighton College Abu Dhabi, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, Dubai College, Jumeirah English Speaking School and Repton School Dubai were among the top 10 schools in the Middle East included in the index of the best private schools, expertly chosen by Carfax Education and Spear’s, the award-winning magazine for high-net-worth individuals.

Categorised by region, prospective parents and pupils can now access a list of the top 100 schools for 20201, across the UK, Switzerland, Europe, USA, Middle East, China, Southeast Asia and the rest of the world, chosen by expert education consultants at Carfax Education and Spear’s.

As well as formal criteria such as academic results and preparation for university entry, schools are ranked on their unique ethos, their reputation both locally and internationally, and how adequately they prepare students for life beyond academia. The guide provides a comprehensive overview of curriculum and fees as well as practical information such as travel times to local airports.

Top schools listed for 2021 providing exceptional education for students include well-renowned British schools such as Rugby School and Wellington College, as well as those further afield, such as St George’s College in Argentina and The Scots College in Australia. New entries for this year include Brighton College, Amadeus School, Vienna and YK Pao School, China. Collated by Carfax Education experts on the ground across the world, the index is the most comprehensive global list available.

Fiona McKenzie, Head of Education, Carfax Education, said: “The Spear’s Schools Index lists schools that are either worth moving countries for, sending children far away for, or aiming to get into if living nearby. Here in the UAE we work closely with schools, teachers, parents and pupils to strive for educational excellence across the Emirates, as well as the wider region, so we’re delighted to be able to include schools in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in this year’s Spear’s Schools Index.

“Choosing a school is one of the most important decisions a family will make for their child and that’s why we wanted to share our knowledge in an index that provides a trusted perspective on the very best schools around the world. The impact of a child’s educational experience goes far beyond academia alone, and for that reason we looked at each school’s unique ethos and how they prepare students for the future, when determining schools that made the cut.

“Carfax Education works with parents across the world to place their children in the very best schools and universities. With an unrivalled network of education specialists across the world, we are expertly placed to provide the knowledge and insight to select the top 100 private schools in the world.

“We know that finding the right school can be a daunting experience and our work is rooted in guiding parents through the complexities of the education landscape and demystifying the process, and this comprehensive list is a great start to assisting families through what can be a confusing time.”

Michael Wilson, Principal Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, said: “We are obviously delighted to be included in a list of very good schools. On a personal level, I am pleased that several more Middle Eastern schools have been included in the Index, as I think that it reflects how well schools in the region have reacted to the COVID-19 Pandemic and indeed the way that we have supported each other and worked together. The last 18 months have brought the whole community closer together and helped articulate a common vision that every child should be given the opportunity to develop their life skills as well as their academic profile to prepare for the journey beyond school.”

Michael Lambert, Headmaster, Dubai College, said: “After an extraordinary 18 months in which teaching, learning, pastoral care and enriching extra-curricular activities have been subjected to unprecedented change, it is truly wonderful to be recognized once again as one of the world's best private schools by Spear's.

“All credit must go to the ingenuity and resilience of the staff at Dubai College and the support and adaptability of our parents and students. Amazingly enough we have not just survived, we have thrived - my sincere thanks go to Carfax Education for taking the time to compile this second edition of the schools index under such challenging circumstances.”

Lists in this year’s Spear’s Schools Index include:

  • Top 20 UK Senior Schools
  • Top 10 UK Prep Schools
  • Top 10 Switzerland
  • Top 10 Rest of Europe
  • Top 15 China & South East Asia
  • Top 10 USA
  • Top 10 Middle East
  • Top 15 Rest of the World

For more information and to view the Index visit www.spearswms.com/best-private-schools-in-world-spears.


Carfax Education

Carfax Education is a leading global education group combining the best of tradition and innovation in education. We work with families to access an exceptional education for their children, from nursery through to university. Carfax Education group offers specialist support through Carfax Consultants, Carfax Tutors, and Carfax College and Carfax Online. Carfax Education has offices in London, Oxford, Monaco, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Moscow, Singapore and Hong Kong. For more information visit www.carfax-education.com


Spear’s is the multi-award-winning magazine and media brand for high-net-worth individuals (HNWs). Spear’s publishes indices of the leading advisers and service-providers to HNWs, covering wealth managers, private bankers, property advisers, reputation managers, divorce lawyers and many other specialist expert advisers. Spear’s indices and rankings are published at spears500.com; Spear’s editorial content is published at spearswms.com. 


For more information contact:
Skye Ferguson, PR Manager, Carfax

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