News of Hartland International School

The Top UAE's Education Influencers 2017

We are delighted that our principal Mrs. Fiona Cottam has made it to The Top UAE's Education Influencers 2017, Which school advisor recently caught up with her in an interview. Read more.

Visible Learning Plus Symposium

Cognition Education Group and Hartland International School invites you to the Visible Learning plus symposium on Thursday, 23rd of February 2017 from 9 am at Hartland International School.

Delegates can look forward to a day of interactive sessions designed to engage you in a professional learning experience that creates the paradigm shift required to positively impact student outcomes.

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First Dubai Schools Maths Challenge

Hartland International School will host the first Dubai Schools Maths Challenge on Tuesday 7 March 2017 form 10.00 am to 12.00 pm.

Seven Dubai schools are taking part in this challenge bringing their Year 7 students to participate in an individual problem-solving competition and a team-based lateral thinking exercise.

The winners of the competition will be rewarded with a certificate.

Scholarship for Excellence now open at Hartland

The Hartland International School is pleased to announce the introduction of a Scholarship Programme for commencement at the start of the academic year 2017 – 2018. Applications are invited from students who are eligible for entry into Years 6, 7 or 8 for the forthcoming year. Existing Hartland students are also eligible to apply.

Register your child now for this prestigious Scholarship to be awarded for excellence in a range of fields.

To apply to the Hartland Scholarship Programme, please email us at

Ecoventure Trip

Our Year 4 students recently enjoyed an action-packed couple of days at an adventure camp in the depths of the Sharjah desert. Everyone took part in a range of exciting activities such as archery, team-building, climbing, sand boarding and abseiling. To see the pictures of the trip click here

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet day will take place on the 7th of February 2017. To celebrate the many positives of the Internet, and to raise awareness of the issues that children and young people face online today, Hartland International will be hosting an online safety information session for parents. The session will provide practical advice and safety tips to help manage online safety issues, and discussions surrounding suitable behaviour online.

Hartland International School: a happy place where to grow and learn

As part of our ongoing effort in offering the best education to our students and the best services to our community, we have conducted a survey of all parents.

This initial survey gave us a solid foundation about our parents’ evaluation of the school and their opinions about the quality of provision and our general academic practices.

We are pleased to see overwhelming findings:

  • 98% of parents say that their child is happy at Hartland International School
  • 95% of parents are happy with their child’s progress at Hartland International School

These encouraging results will help us in delivering an outstanding programme to our students.

To see all the results of the survey, please click here.

Sylvia Young Theatre School (SYTS) brings its craft to Dubai!

Designed to nurture talent in acting, singing and dancing, SYTS, Dubai, will offer its Performing Arts Programme for young people, aged from 7 to 18 years old at Hartland International School. To register visit

Zeina Hashem Beck, prize-wining Lebanese poet at Hartland

We had the honour to receive Zeina Hashem Beck, a prize-winning Lebanese poet at Hartland International School on Tuesday, 29th of November 2016.

Our students had the chance to receive a poetry reading by this talented Dubai-based writer and see her perform one of her famous poem from her book, "To Live in Autumn".

UAE National Day Celebration at Hartland International School

Our students and community have celebrated the 45th Anniversary of the founding of the UAE during our National Day celebration on the 29th November 2016 at Hartland International School.

Our students, parents and staff had the wonderful opportunity to come together for this special day wearing the UAE national dress and colours and enjoyed a range of activities including falcon display, UAE national dancers, traditional henna painting, Arabic food and much more.

Talking of Books - Dubai Eye 103.8

Our very own librarian Mary-Rose Grieve was on Talking of Books Dubaieye 103.8 for a passionate discussion on 'A Child of Books' by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston.

We're delighted to announce that the Education Journal Middle East has featured Mrs. Fiona Cottam on the front cover.

In the article, Fiona describes her vision and plans for Hartland and how she is piecing together her considerable experience to create something unique at Hartland.

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Education Matters - Dubai Eye 103.8

Tim Elliot and Alex Hirschi discuss going to school in Dubai versus sending your children to boarding school.
How can you be successful at school and get opportunities once you finish?

Listen to Mrs Fiona Cottam, Principal, Hartland International School discuss these questions and much more on the Drive Live.

Education Matters with Fiona Cottam, Principal, Hartland International School talking about hiring and retaining teachers.

How do you recruit the best teachers in the world?
How do you motivate and build a strong culture among staff so that everyone feels valued?
What do the best schools do to retain their teachers and build continuity?

Listen to Mrs Cottam discuss address these questions and much more on the Drive Live.

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Hartland International School appoints new principal and chief academic officer

Fiona Cottam has been appointed chief academic officer and principal at Hartland International School, following the departure of the school's founding principal and executive director earlier this year...

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New Principal Announced at Hartland

Hartland International has announced the appointment of Fiona Cottam as principal and chief academic officer at the school...

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Hartland’s New Principal & Chief Academic Officer

As the academic year comes to a close, we are already looking ahead to next year and we are delighted to announce that our new Principal and Chief Academic Officer, Mrs Fiona Cottam is officially in post.

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Talking Books – Dubai Eye

Our young book reviewers Joe Hulme and RHYS Evans were on Dubai Eye’s Talking About Books with Penny Mackenzie (host) and Mark Lemmon (co-host) to talk about 2 books by David Baddiel.

Hartland International School hosts vital training for 25 nurses!

Did you know that those incredibly important school nurses are required to get 20 Dubai Health Authority CPD Points every year in order to continue practicing as a nurse? Infinite Learning recognises how important it is to provide training for non-teaching members of staff, indeed our very first course, back in June 2015, was for nurses!...

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What is a community school?

What is a ‘community school?’ And, does it differ from a ‘school community?’

Do the same rules apply here in the UAE where the majority of the population is an ex-pat, as say, in our home countries? Are schools communities even more important in the absence of family and traditional support networks?...

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Dubai's Top 5 New Schools in 2015

Level taught: K to Year 12
Curriculum: British/IB
Fees: Dhs 50,000 to Dhs 76,000
Location: Meydan, Dubai
Facilities: Science rooms and IT rooms (offering IT/coding and digital citizenship and Lego mind-storm activity)...

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Hartland International School - First Review

First impressions of Hartland International School can probably best be rounded up as “Impressive” and “Isolated”. Located close to the Al Khail and Al Ain roads, the school can be a little difficult to reach...

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Just what is value add?

‘Value Added’ is a term used in so many different ways that it can confuse parents, rather than help them in their choice of school. To both understand and make good use of it, it’s worth going back to its origins. When the first academic league tables in the UK were published, among the strongest...

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Hartland International School recognises the importance of On-Line Safeguarding

Infinite Learning and Hartland International School launched their Professional Learning partnership today by addressing the very real and growing need for On-Line...

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UAE’s gifted children not being identified in classrooms, expert says

Up to 30 per cent of gifted children are not being identified in classrooms, an expert says. This can often lead to these children being disruptive in class, or becoming reclusive. As a result, schools...

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Hartland International School partners with Jamie’s Italian to spread awareness about cooking

The Young Chef Award, Dubai – Six budding chefs from Hartland International worked with Jamie’s Italian Chefs and cooked their...

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How ‘Gifted and Talented’ Programmes Improve School Performance

In 2011 I was given a unique opportunity to visit any country I wished in the world to see how they educated their more able children. One product of this was a book, the other a growing admiration...

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Why emotional development of a child is important

One of the most significant stages in the emotional development of a child is when they begin to recognize, name and talk about their emotions. A whole world of expression and connection opens up to them as they confidently...

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How To Launch A New School: The Key Elements

Starting a new school is just about the most demanding task in education, as well as the most rewarding. One good thing...

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TEACHER OF THE MONTH: Vanessa Louise Temple

Name: Vanessa Louise Temple
Nationality: British (Yorkshire, actually!)
How long have you been teaching?
It seems like yesterday when I graduated, but it was 1991!...

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Big Body Play: Why unstructured play is important for Kids

Children who engaging in play in large, open indoor and outdoor spaces, have the benefit of being able to orient their body naturally as they move through the world...

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Hartland International - Construction Updates

Dubai's school horizon is changing with the addition of new schools bringing a fresh approach to education. Here's a construction update...

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More than an Education

Melissa McBride believes a child should be valued as an individual, learning the benefits of positive inclusive communication throughout their education. The world our children are growing up in looks very different...

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Things You Learned From Your Mother

Looking back on all that you have learned, how many of the really important things in life were taught to you by your Mother? How to be responsible, how to be kind, how to love others – all of these were...

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