At a glance
Kings’ School Dubai is the only school in Dubai to have achieved an Outstanding ranking from the KHDA for eight years in a row – since Dubai’s regulator began inspections. It is the only school in the emirate to have achieved this.
Based in Umm Suqeim 3, the mixed gender school is a 5 form entry school and has 914 children (an increase from 450 in 2011/12, when the school doubled in size), aged from 3 to 11. The majority of students are British with a total of 48 different nationalities in the school.
There are currently 71 teachers and 30 learning assistants on the staff, most of whom trained in the UK or have English National Curriculum experience.
Teacher to student ratio is 1:13 in primary. This is low by UAE standards, meaning staff should be able to give pupils good levels of individual attention. Teacher turnover is also low - 15% in the last academic year. The UAE average is between 20-22 percent.
The KHDA notes an Outstanding quality of education - and has consistently since inspections began: The quality of leadership, relationships between all staff and students; student progress, the school’s innovative, engaging curriculum, the behaviour, positive attitudes and conscientious approach of students were all rated in the highest positive terms by the education regulator.
From as early as its 2011/12 report the KHDA has noted weaknesses in classroom support for students with additional learning needs, and noted that the quality of Arabic teaching is not up to the same level as that of other subjects. These remain the schools only weaknesses of note. In its latest report (2015/16) the DSIB says Kings should ensure teachers employ greater rigor in Arabic, and improve individual programs for special educational needs and disabilities.
Attainment and progress of Islamic studies is largely see as "Good" and Arabic studies is seen as "Acceptable".
Kings' is rated Outstanding for English, Maths and Science - across phases for attainment and progress.
According to the school, the English National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is followed with a clear emphasis on teaching skills and concepts that challenge children at all levels. "Every opportunity is used to embrace first hand experiences and educational visits are used widely to enhance learning."
"The children at Kings' are integral partners in driving its success and range from roles such as Student Council and House Captains to Sports Council and Librarians who drive and shape the school with independent thinking."
Feedback to Which School Advisor is highly positive. Close to 90% of parents surveyed would recommend Kings Dubai to other parents, the vast majority are satisfied with the academic performance of their children. There was a more balanced view as to whether the school offers good feedback, on discipline and on “Good Value”.
September 2014 saw the opening of two new schools under the brand – Kings’ Nad Al Sheba, and Kings’ School Al Barsha, neither of which has yet to receive a rating. The new schools allow the Kings' brand to offer schooling from pre-KG to secondary for the first time. Kings’ School Al Barsha is located on the Umm Suqeim Road in Al Barsha South, Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba is close to the Meydan development and the upcoming Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid City. A paid shuttle bus is offered for students between Kings’ School Dubai and Kings’ School Al Barsha for parents who have children at both campuses.
Fees at Kings' Dubai currently start at 40,777 AED for Foundation Stage and move to 61525 AED by Year 6. Once a school place has been offered, as per KHDA regulations the school requires a “new student registration deposit” which is 25% of the annual school fee (quite a hefty amount to find, but deducted from the first terms fees). Before the end of the summer term, a re-registration fee for the following academic year is required for all Kings’ Students. This fee is 10% of the annual school fee (deducted from the first terms school fees).
At all Kings’ schools fee payment options were reviewed and in order to give parents more options a new structure was introduced this year, where parents can either pay in full for the year, pay termly by 3 cheques or pay with 10 post dated cheques. The 10 post dated cheque system was introduced in order to give parents the option to spread payments over the year in line with salaries.
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