Al Amana Private School is a private UK curriculum school established in 2004. The school has been rated Effective by Sharjah Education Zone and is considered to be improving
The story so far...
Al Amana Private School is on the up. The school gained approval to teach the UK Cambridge curriculum for both Primary and Secondary in 2013 and since then the focus has been on improving leadership and teaching. A draft improvement plan was introduced in 2013 which specified how the school which set specific and suitable targets to drive school improvement.
We won't know until the new Sharjah Education Zone inspections expected later in 2017/18, just how effective the plan has been, however it remains positive that the school has identified its shortcomings and is striving to improve.
What do inspectors say?
The school was inspected by the Sharjah Education Zone in 2013/14 and was found to be Effective in all indicators, except Students' Personal Development, which was found to be Highly Effective.
How well do students do?
All students who completed Grade 11 were entered for eight IGCSE examinations including English, mathematics, environmental management, IT and French or Urdu. In addition, students were entered for either commerce or science subjects.
In 2013, a number of students achieved A* scores in science and most students scored A or B grades. In mathematics, most students scored A* and A grades; in IT most scored A* and B grades; in English and Urdu most scored B grades.
Results in Arabic and French were also strong with A* and A grades. Grades in the commerce stream were lower, with most students scoring C grades in accounting and economics and C and D grades in business studies.
Just under 90% of IGCSE grades were at A*-C in 2013. Five students achieved distinction through International Cambridge Education (ICE) for achieving at least five A* or A grades. This represented very good achievement.
"Most students were well prepared to succeed in the next stage of their education. They developed research skills through using the library. They used IT to help produce the school magazine. Students independently followed their own interests in IT and completed projects about web design. Because they had opportunities to learn French, Urdu, English and Arabic some students were fluent in several languages. Many students were aspirational, with clear career goals to attend university and gain professional qualifications." Sharjah Education Zone report 2013/14
How effective is the teaching?
In general, lessons are planned and teaching is appropriate, however, resources are often an issue at Al Amana.
The SEZ report notes teachers do generally give tests and ask questions at the end of lessons to check what the students have learned.
"Lesson plans consistently specified how work would be adapted for students of different ability. In the best lessons, worksheets included questions set for three levels of ability. However, in some lessons work did not challenge higher attaining students well enough," Sharjah Education Zone report 2013/14
What about the facilities?
Al Amana has a well-stocked library, clinic, canteen, IT and science labs. The school website highlights there are various after-school activities on offer too.
What are the Fees?
The school is considered affordable with fees ranging from AED 8,700 to AED 12,500 for Year 11.
Al Amana offers a three installment plan per year, with the first payment in cash on 1 September and the remainder paid in post dated cheques dated for 5 January and 5 April.
What are the school's stats?
The school population is majority Pakistani, however 42 nationalities are represented and around 2 percent of students are Emirati.
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