Royal Dubai School – WSA Q&A
Which School Advisor: What is the official name of your School?
GEMS Royal Dubai School. (For the WSA Royal Dubai School review, go here.)
Which School Advisor: What is your school’s Web site address?
Which School Advisor: How many nationalities are represented in your school?
Which School Advisor: Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?
Yes there is
Which nationality (ies)?
Which School Advisor: What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?
Which School Advisor: Does your school have a waiting list?
No it does not
Which School Advisor: How does the school promote healthy lifestyles? If you have a general policy statement regarding this, please supply a link to the school website so that WSA can add it to your school details.
All staff, including the nurse, promote healthy lifestyles throughout the school, equipping children to make healthy choices. Parents are encouraged to promote healthy lifestyles through the promotion of healthy lunchboxes via coffee mornings and class blogs. The school works closely with Accruro the outside caterers to ensure their food meets our standards.
Which School Advisor: Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does your school ensure children engage in physical activity? Please supply a link to this section in your website if you have one.
RDS has an outstanding Physical Education programme linked with the extensive facilities in the school: including a 25m pool and additional learner pool, indoor auditorium, tennis courts and astro turf. All age groups in the school have PE with trained and experienced PE specialist teachers.
Outstanding After School Activities extend learning outside of the school day.
E-sports provides outstanding opportunities for children to pursue a wide range of sports as part of the After School Activity programme.
Inter school sports provide excellent opportunities for children to compete in a range of sports.
Which School Advisor: How do you promote healthy eating?
The school promotes a healthy lifestyle with focus on healthy lunches, both from home and the school canteen, and the need for exercise and sleep. Parental engagement workshops are held to educate parents on the need for a healthy lifestyle
Which School Advisor: Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?
Yes it does
Which School Advisor: If yes, does it serve hot food?
Yes it does
Which School Advisor: What would be the amount spent by a student for their lunchtime meal?
Less than 20 AED
Which School Advisor: What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?.
Foundation Stage 1 & 2, 07.35am Enter School, 07.45am Registration, 07.55am Lessons Begin, 12.15pm End of Day for FS1 and 2.30 for FS2.
Year 1 to Year 6, 07.35am whistle blown, 07.45am Registration, 07.50am Lessons Begin, 2.30pm End of Day (Thursday 1.15pm).
Is there a school uniform?
Yes there is. ZAK’s located in Uptown Mirdiff 800-ZAKS (9257).
Which School Advisor: Please advise on your discipline policy.
GEMS Royal Dubai School rules are implicit in the organisational policies and procedures operating within the school. In addition, pupils will work with their teachers to create a set of guidelines for their own class. This is to ensure that their classroom is a happy and effective learning environment for everybody.
The school climate and ethos are such that they take into consideration respect for the feelings and needs of others. Pupils soon recognise that for the school to operate effectively and function as a community there are unwritten rules and procedures which they must adhere to in order to facilitate the whole learning experience for all the pupils.
Which School Advisor: How does your school differentiate learning?
Assessment data and flexibility with elements of the timetable and collaborative planning time, provide teachers with the opportunity (and expectation) to effectively deploy support staff and resources (including ICT) to meet the needs of differentiated groups of children. The Achievement Centre staff work alongside year groups to provide quality enrichment (through the More Able Gifted & Talented program) and individual Education Programmes/ Individual Behaviour Plans/ Iindividual Learning Plans which enable all children to succeed. This is evident in FS through Emerging, Expected and Exceeding expectations notes which are taken daily.
Which School Advisor: Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?
Learning is an ongoing process that takes place both inside and outside of the classroom and school environment. Home learning provides opportunities for reflection on the work covered in class and allows for further development, research, consolidation and practice of the concepts introduced. It also allows the development of sound study habits.
• It encourages pupils to take responsibility for their own learning.
• It helps pupils to develop the skills they will need to become lifelong learners.
• It offers the opportunity for pupils to pursue aspects of their learning in greater
depth according to their own level of interest
• It gives parents the opportunity to see and share what their child is learning
currently, to make their own valued contribution and to help their child to develop or
All home learning is optional, at the discretion of parents. Many home learning activities will necessarily engage parents, for example through “talk tasks”.
Home learning should be enjoyable and satisfying and should not take up too much time. We would like to know if this is not the case!
Which School Advisor: How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?
Feedback is an ongoing process with students as part of the learning programme and this is reflected with parents who are kept up to date with what is happening in the class through a variety of communication tools including: verbally via the teacher through phone, face to face and e-mail and supplemented with newsletters, blogs, twitter, facebook, SMS, GEMS Learning Gateway learning portal and parent coffee mornings.
Which School Advisor: How often is the more formal feedback such as reports and parent/teacher meetings?
Which School Advisor: Is Arabic taught as both a first language and second language in your school?
Which School Advisor: Which other languages are taught?
Which School Advisor: Do you offer EAL or TEFL support for those students where English is not their first language?
Yes we do
Which School Advisor: Is Islamic Education/Studies for the Arab Muslim students delivered in Arabic for them?
Yes it is
Which School Advisor: Do you have a dedicated prayer room/s for the Muslim students?
Yes we do
Which School Advisor: If external examinations and assessments are part of your curriculum, which ones do you offer?
SATs exams are undertaken in Year 2 and Year 6
Which School Advisor: What is you medium of instruction?
Which School Advisor: Not all schools are staffed or resourced to offer learning support to those children with either moderate or significant learning needs. To what level can you offer support for those with learning differences?
We offer support to a mopderate level within school, through our own staff and provision but also through bringing in outside professionals.
Which School Advisor: Do you have a learning support team in your school?
Yes we do
Which School Advisor: How do you support gifted, able and talented students?
We have a More Able and Gifted & Talented leader in the school who tracks and supports opportunities for extension and celebration of children’s abilities and successes.
Which School Advisor: Does your school have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome and so forth?
Yes it does
Kindly provide details on the support for specific learning needs your school provides?
Within our staff we have staff with specific skills that are able to support specific needs. each case is dealt with on an individual needs basis and we place children that we have the skills to support and offer them the opportunity to be successful.
Which School Advisor: Does your school have an educational psychologist or access to one to assess and support those youngsters with more challenging learning and emotional needs?
Yes it does
Which School Advisor: Does you school offer activities to students from other schools after school hours?
No it does not
Which School Advisor: Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?
Yes we do
Which School Advisor: Please pass on contact details of the parents’ group.
Friends of Royal Dubai School is run by parents for parents, families and members of the local community to meet socially, in and out of school and to organise events to support our school and GEMS charities. Everyone is welcome to participate and new ideas are always welcome.
Please contact the school for more information
Which School Advisor: Are there opportunities for parents to support the learning, activities and events within the school or on trips other than through the parent group?
Yes there are
Kindly add details of such parent group activities you deem will be of interest.
Class trips and outings
Variety of charitable days run through out the year
Which School Advisor: Is there an opportunity for parental representation on your school Board of Governors?
No there is not
Which School Advisor: Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?
Parents can make an appointment to meet with our school Parent Relations Executive who will take them on a tour of the school at their convenience and answer and questions that they have relating to the school.
Which School Advisor: What qualities and characteristics would you say define your school?
The GEMS Royal Dubai School offers a holistic education that extends beyond the English National Curriculum and the focus is on meeting the needs of each and every one of our learners so that they are equipped with the learning skills and life-long learning dispositions necessary to be able to accept and embrace the challenges of an ever changing world. This means equipping students with a wide range of traditional academic and technological skills and developing a range of learning dispositions and critical thinking skills that will promote creativity and solve problems.
Through this curriculum, we encourage creative and critical thinking alongside stimulating and meaningful experiences, leading to: fun and wonder. Our curriculum celebrates the diversity within our school and equips our children with the skills and attributes required to become active citizens in our international community.
The well-being of our children is paramount in all that we do and we place great emphasis on building high quality personal and social skills, which has a positive impact on achievement and attitudes to learning. This is supported by an extensive range of extra curricula activities including sports, cultural and performing arts as well as access to holiday, residential camps, and cultural activities.
Our school is a British Curriculum primary school situated in the Mirdif area of Dubai. Mirdif has excellent traffic links, affordable high quality housing, restaurants and shops. We are a truly international school with around 62 different nationalities with UK residents being the predominate nationality. The multi-cultural experience that the children receive truly reflects the multi-cultural life of our host country and city.
GEMS Royal Dubai School is a special place to learn and we welcome you to visit the school and become part of our learning community.