Deira Private School
Deira Private School is a combined first and middle school located in Al Twar, Dubai. The school follows a British curriculum for children, following the Cambridge International Primary Programme.
It currently has 171 children registered (up 60 on the last academic year), catering for students from KG (from 3 years of age) to grade 6 (11 years of age). In total around 30 percent of students are Emirati, with the remainder coming from a mix of nationalities. The school employs 22 teachers – the same number as the last academic year, in spite of the rise in numbers of students. There are five teachers who shadow students identified with special educational needs.
The school has been ranked Acceptable by the KHDA, slipping one rating from the 2011-12 inspection. However, its latest reports does not spell out the reasons for the downgrade. In many respects the school seems to have improved on last year. Learning in Foundation Stage had improved to Good; Governance of the school had also improved to Good.
The report also notes overall Good attainment in English, mathematics and science; Good attitudes and behaviour of students; Good teaching, learning and assessment in Foundation Stage; A well balanced curriculum, which offers students an extensive range of extra-curricular activities; and good support for students with special educational needs.
The site has provided access to its Cambridge “Primary Check Point” report. It makes good reading. Academically, this is a succeeding school, with with solid results in maths and English, and strong results in science.
The KHDA’s latest report does note a need to plan lessons that include active learning opportunities and that match the UK National Curriculum level descriptors; Improve the assessment of learning using UK National Curriculum level descriptors to involve students in identifying their strengths and weaknesses; and use assessment information to identify trends in students’ performance and adjust the school’s improvement plans accordingly.
As noted, the school offers a good range of educational field trips and extra-curricular activities, as well as a variety of sports, including football, cricket, karate, and yoga.
Fees range from 19,500 AED for KG1 to 30,475 AED for Grade 6.
Parents we spoke to rated the school highly – in the main because the school’s students are a happy crowd. Several parents we spoke favourably of the quality of the leadership at the school.
Access the University of Cambridge ‘Primary Check Point’ report here.
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