The school plans to offer A-Level qualifications in “core subjects such as Maths, English, Economics, Languages and one or two Sciences”. According to the school, more subjects may be added to this list, depending on the preferences of the student cohort.
Repton is the second school to announce the addition of an A-Level pathway in recent months. In January 2021, Nord Anglia International School Dubai (NAS Dubai) confirmed their plans to offer the British Curriculum qualifications. Like Repton, NAS Dubai will run the courses alongside the International Baccalaureate curriculum.
Speaking of the decision David Cook, Chief Education Officer of the Repton Family of Schools and Headmaster of Repton School Dubai commented,
“We are very pleased with this formal approval to diversify our education offering, enabling students to explore several opportunities for post 16 study and once again, giving our students and their families, greater choice. The teaching staff have worked hard to gain this approval for the A Levels programme, and are already drawing up detailed plans for the start of each course in September. We at Repton Dubai are committed to offering academic excellence and supporting students’ future career endeavours”.
‘Individualised learning’ is a phrase often mentioned in schools in the UAE. But if pathways and options are narrow when it comes to end of school qualifications, then what really does individualised learning mean? As observers of the UAE’s vibrant education sector, it is clear to us that a ‘bespoke’ education is something that parents (increasingly) want, especially from premium schools such as Repton and NAS Dubai.
With the need to attract, and perhaps most importantly retain, post-16 students, we expect other schools to follow, and the dual tracks IB/A Level route to university to become a trend in the UAE's larger, premium fee secondary schools.