Al Ain English Speaking School is one of the oldest schools in Al Ain, having been founded in 1979. It is a co-educational British curriculum school with almost 1200 students.
Al Ain English Speaking School has students in Foundation Years through Grade 13. It follows the British National Curriculum and students in the secondary school are prepared for the IGCSEs.
Currently at the school, the primary is the largest section with 576 students. Middle and High have 226 and 216 students respectively. The majority of students are Emirati at 17% with the next largest nationality groups being British at 14%, Egyptian at 10% and American at 8%.
There are 93 teachers at the school who work with 16 teaching assistants, putting the teacher to student ratio at a high of 1:25 for FS and 1:30 for the other sections of the school.
The last report is a step down from the previous ADEC report in 2013. That report ranked Al Ain English Speaking School as a Satisfactory school whereas the latest report has the school as a Weak school. This is mainly due to the lack of growth in student achievement and progress.
As the report notes, "The quality of education provided at Al Ain English Speaking School is weak. Teaching is too variable, especially between different phases of the school and between subjects taught in Arabic and those taught in English. As a result progress overall is weak." It is critical that the school focus on consistency in teaching and learning to improve student attainment and progress.
One issue that impedes student achievement is the number of non-native English speakers in the school. As the report states, " Students in the primary school make weak progress. This is mainly because teachers are not adapting lessons consistently well for students whose first language is not English."
An area of strength of the school though is the marks that secondary school students achieve on their external examinations. "Students’ attainment in external examinations at the end of Year 11 is above international averages, especially in the key subjects of mathematics, English and the sciences."
There has been progress in the school since the last inspection. "Since the last inspection the new leadership team have ensured that the priorities from the previous inspection are foremost in school improvement activities. For example, a prayer room is now available and teacher turnover is lower," the report notes. A lower teacher turnover rate is critical in ensuring continuity and building on gains made in student achievement.
Also noted is that both students’ personal and social development, and their innovation skills and the protection, care, guidance and support of students is a priority for the school and is rated as Good, the highest area for the school in the last report. However, that being said, the school's overall performance is rated as Weak and is in need of significant improvements.
Facilities at the school include a 25 metre heated indoor swimming pool and trainer pool, a football pitch, an indoor sports hall and training track, an outdoor play area, ICT suites and a school hall with staging, lighting and sound.
Fees for Al Ain English Speaking School start at 20,500 AED for FS1 and go up to 41,000 AED for Year 13. They are paid in three installments at the beginning of each term. There is also a 1,000 AED registration fee which is non-refundable but can be deducted against school fees.
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