Aspen Heights British School, a new British curriculum school in Abu Dhabi celebrated its official opening on Monday 2nd October with a grand launch event at the school. At the occasion, Principal Emma Shanahan and her staff, accompanied by the school’s parents and their children, welcomed guests with VIPs including Shehab Al Hashemi, CEO at Investment Holdings and Chairman of Aspen Heights, representatives from the British Embassy in the UAE, and Christine Simmonds,-Director of Schools in the Gulf, International Schools Partnership.

To mark this event, a ribbon cutting took place with speeches from VIPs involved in the launch of the school. Following that, children from Years FS1 to Year 5 opened the special assembly by singing the UAE National Anthem, followed by songs showing the progress in language skills they had made since the start of term. Some children shared a few words about what they have particularly enjoyed about their new school. The Principal then invited Shebab Al Hashemi and Christine Simmonds to assist in the planting of two trees, symbolising the growth Aspen Heights will make in the years ahead, and echoing the conservation theme which runs throughout the school. Guests then had the opportunity to tour the school showcasing ‘Amazing Learning’ in action in the classrooms.

Shehab Al Hashemi, Chairman of Aspen Heights said: “This is a special day for us as it has been a long journey since the team made the acquisition of this land and started to build – the result is just fantastic. The Aspen Heights project wouldn’t have been completed without the sheer hard work and dedication of everyone involved. We all walked together with one single objective in mind which was to support the UAE’s future generations by providing them a better education, where good and regular communication between the parents, teachers and the management is a key to good performance.”

Emma Shanahan, Principal of Aspen Heights British School, said: “We are delighted to have our vision and dreams become a reality; this is a testament to the teamwork demonstrated by all involved in our school - children, staff and families. At Aspen Heights British School we facilitate learning that is fun, engaging and effective using environmental themes to inspire globally responsible citizens of the future. We wanted today to reflect our vision for our school; a collaborative, memorable community event demonstrating children’s amazing learning and progress.”

Since it opened on 10 September 2017, Aspen Heights British School has enrolled over 100 children, with admissions still open for children from outside the UAE, and FS1 age.


About Aspen Heights British School

Aspen Heights British School (AHBS) is a new British-Curriculum School located in Al Bahya, Abu Dhabi. The school provides FS1 to Year 6 students an ambitious, supportive learning environment with an emphasis on enquiry-based, collaborative learning utilising the locality to provide meaningful learning experiences. The vision aims to develop eco-minded citizens with awareness of environmental sustainability and global responsibility in all aspects of learning.

Aspen Heights British School encourages students to strive for excellence in all that they do, giving them the very best springboard into a world that demands commitment, resilience and compassion.

The school’s education philosophy is also animated by internationalism. With a diverse base of student nationalities, it is committed to ensure they grow and achieve together, as independent learners and critical thinkers, and provide them exchange opportunities through the schools’ partnership across the globe.

Aspen Height’s vision is to be one of the best schools in Abu Dhabi, supportive and developing the next generation of responsible leaders for the future.


About International School Partnership

International Schools Partnerships (ISP) is a truly international group working in different countries, different cultures and speaking different languages. The head office is in the UK but our ever-growing global education family of only the best international schools is spread across five countries. Now with over 14,000 students, 2,000 staff, 17 schools globally, and 4 curricula, ISP is truly international in its work across regions, culture and languages.

ISP is an independent group of schools with the vision of being the first choice for children, students and their families wherever they are. The mission is to be a group that delivers quality and scale, and recognised across local communities and the education sector for ‘Amazing Learning’, ambition and growth. Our schools help children and students learn to levels that amaze them and inspire them to be successful in the future.

The ISP Middle East portfolio in the Gulf includes Reach British School and Aspen Heights British School in Abu Dhabi, Nibras International School in Dubai, and Park House English School in Doha.


Source: TOH Public Relations