Dovecote Green Primary School - WSA Q&A

Dovecote Green Primary School - WSA Q&A
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What is the official name of your School?
Dovecote Green Primary School

What is your school's Web site address?

What qualities and characteristics would you say define your school?
Dovecote Green is located in Dubai Investments Park and is connected to the Green Community. The school will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage and the English National Curriculum. Throughout the school children will be taught a range of thinking skills that will enable them to think for themselves and become open, reflective learners.

We will value pupils’ engagement in their learning and use a range of strategies to enable them to become active participants, initially learning through play.

Dovecote Green Primary School will be a thinking school where all members will share a clear understanding and vision about the nature of learning and teaching, and work together in a supportive, inclusive, challenging and reflective way to make this vision a reality. The Headmaster, Mr Patrick Affley, successfully introduced the concept of a ‘thinking school’ to his school in the UK and now brings this to Dubai. The school aims to develop the whole child and prepare its pupils for global citizenship.

The school community will place cognition at the heart of teaching and learning through the development of skills and techniques demonstrated through a meaningful curriculum. We will nurture our children to be independent, creative and co-operative learners with high levels of achievement and enjoyment in learning. Fully qualified teachers will give pupils a range of strategies to be able to learn how to think and the technological tools to become lifelong thinkers and learners. Together with a framework of clear discipline, the school’s values of Respect, Joy and Commitment will underpin your child’s formative days at school, providing them with best education possible and an understanding of the world around them.

After their time with us, pupils at Dovecote Green will be confident in their ability to face the challenges of senior school and beyond.

An international school with a British flavour, Dovecote Green Primary School is an inclusive school appealing to families from a range of backgrounds. It is characterised by children who have an appetite for challenge, a genuine love of learning and by those who are prepared to work hard and play hard.

The curriculum will combine the best of the British system with the dynamism of the UAE. It will be supported by an exciting and broad extra-curricular programme taking full advantage of our first rate facilities.

In short, we will feed a natural curiosity for learning that will equip your child with the tools to be able to become independent thinkers and learners, providing them a solid foundation for the future.

Class sizes will be no bigger than 20, enabling teachers to give individual attention to each child.

French and Arabic will be taught as well as sport, art and music. The school will have excellent sporting facilities with tennis and football courts, a multi-purpose indoor sports hall and swimming pool. Added to this the school will use technological tools, including iPads to support the children’s learning.

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?
1:6 for 2014-15

Does your school have a waiting list?
No it does not

How does the school promote healthy lifestyles? 
DGPS encourages healthy snacks at breaktime and in school lunchboxes. The school nurse will be happy to give parents guidance in this.

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.
All pupils have a weekly swimming lesson and games lesson. Added to that a range of PE equipment is made available at breaktime. A number of afterschool clubs, run by teaching staff, are planned for the Autumn term.

How do you promote healthy eating?
Advice to parents and pupils in handbook and staff will work positively with pupils encouraging healthy snacks and lunchboxes.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?
No, it does not

What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?
For the first year of operation, we will run from 8 am to 2 pm for the three year groups we are opening for, FS1, FS2 and Y1.

Is there a school uniform?
Yes there is. The uniform will be on sale in the school.

Please advise on your discipline policy.
A robust policy with clear guidelines on expected behaviours and rules, rewards and consequences for pupils to adhere to.

What is your policy on mobile devices such as mobile (cell) phones in school?
No pupils are allowed to have a mobile phone on school premises.

How does your school differentiate learning?
Each class teacher differentiates their lessons to cater for the learning needs of the pupils. Less able children are supported by learning support assistants and more tools to help them achieve the lesson’s learning objective. More able pupils are challenged by a more difficult, open ended task in many cases.

Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?
Pupils are expected to fulfill homework activities including reading books, key words lists and number activities.

How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?
Informally on an ‘ad hoc’ basis daily and formally three times a year ( two parents’ consultation meetings and one written report).

How often is the more formal feedback such as reports and parent/teacher meetings?

Is Arabic taught as both a first language and second language in your school?

Which other languages are taught?

Do you offer EAL or TEFL support for those students where English is not their first language?
No we do not

Is Islamic Education/Studies for the Arab Muslim students delivered in Arabic for them?
Yes it is

Do you have a dedicated prayer room/s for Muslim students?
Yes we do

What is you medium of instruction?

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?
In class differentiation at present.

Do you have a learning support team in your school?
No we do not

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?
In class differentiation. More challenging activities. When numbers grow, streaming for literacy and numeracy.

Does your school have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome and so forth?
No it does not

Does your school have an educational psychologist or access to one to assess and support those youngsters with more challenging learning and emotional needs?
No it does not

Does you school offer activities to students from other schools after school hours?
Yes it does. Details will be available once the school opens.

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?
No we do not

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. These will be available during the first term.

Is there an opportunity for parental representation on your school Board of Governors?
In due course there will be two parent representatives on the Board of Governors.


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