Top 10 Schools by User Ratings

Top 10 Schools by User Ratings
By David Westley
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1st = Place Al Bateen Secondary School
Your rating: 4.4/5

The smallest school on this list (with under 500 students), and one of its youngest (it opened in 2011), and yet also one of its highest rated by ADEC, by, and by you. Al Bateen is rated A2 by the Abu Dhabi Education authority - one of a handful to be so, is a Good School, and regularly tops our surveys in terms of parent and student satisfaction.

Like many of the newest schools in the UAE, Al Bateen has adopted IGCSE up to 16 and then the IB Diploma Programme for post 16 education.

Strengths of Al Bateen Secondary include senior leaders described as “very effective, sharply focused and ambitious” for the school; very good academic progress in English, mathematics, science, information and communications technology (ICT), drama, art, music and design technology; high morale; skilled teachers; exceptional facilities and learning resources; outstanding care and guidance and an enriched, relevant and engaging curriculum.

The school delivers significant “value add”. Students enter Year 7 with skills below international expectations in English, mathematics and science. By the time they reach Year 11, standards in English, mathematics, science and information communication technology (ICT) are well above international expectations.

Students also make very good progress in practical subjects, such as art, design and technology, drama and music; standards are also well above average.

In your ratings, you have rated Al Bateen highly across the board - from academic performance, to languages, to sports, the school is, in your opinion, really delivering.

Level taught: 7-13, Secondary
Curriculum: IBDP, IGCSE, UK
Fees: 53361-62844
Number of Children: 465
Emirate and Area: Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen, Al Manaseer
Tel and Web Address:,
Principal and Owner: Aldar Academies, Mrs Tamra Bradbury (Principal)
Gender: Mixed
School Inspection Rating: A2 (Very Good)
Year Founded: 2011

Full review: Al Bateen Secondary School

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